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A PRELIMINARY CHECKLIST OF SAMUEL ROTH'S IMPRINTS, 1920-40
No attempt has been made in this checklist to list either the various texts Roth had "privately printed" (one of which was FORBIDDEN BOOKS BY AN OLD BIBLIOPHILE) or his periodical publications (four of which were BEAU THE MAN'S MAGAZINE, CASANOVA JR.'S TALES, TWO WORLDS, AND TWO WORLD'S MONTHLY).
The following abbreviations are used: cprt = copyright registered at Library of Congress * = the compiler has seen a copy
Autograph Editions Club, Inc.
*"Quilter, Daniel" [Samuel Roth]. BODY. A NEW STUDY, IN NARRATIVE, OF THE ANATOMY OF SOCIETY. (1931) cprt. Pub. date 1/1/31. See Faro.
Big Dollar Book Company, The
Note: several Willliam Faro titles are listed in advertisements as "Big Dollar Books," and many more than the three listed below may have had Big Dollar imprints. Also, some Faro titles (i.e., VENUS IN FURS, although pub. date on t.p. is 1932) have copyright statements naming Big Dollar, not Faro, possibly because they were published at the time of the bankruptcy of the latter company in June 1933.
*Anon. PADLOCKS AND GIRDLES OF CHASTITY (1931) "Third Printing, 1933"
Bell, Ralcy Hulsted. SELF-AMUSEMENT AND ITS SPECTRES (1932)
Wake, G.[sic] S.[Charles Staniland] SACRED PROSTITUTION AND MARRIAGE BY CAPTURE (1932)
Advertised with this imprint are the Faro titles, and also: Anon. OSCAR WILDE THREE TIMES TRIED. Boneau, Alcide. PADLOCKS AND GIRDLES OF CHASTITY de Beaumont, SWORD AND WOMANKIND Symonds, J. A. SEXUAL INVERSION
Black Hawk Press, The
No copyrights are on file in the Library of Congress for this imprint. Most of the books are stated verso the title page, or at the bottom of it, to be "privately published for subscribers only, 1935" or as "published for the subscribers of the Black Hawk Press." The first four titles, stated to be limited to 900 copies, were advertised with three "banned" books: 1601 (NY: Golden Hind Press, 1933), Ananga-Ranga ("Copyright 1935 by the Golden Hind Press"),and The Case of Mr. Crump ("NY: John Henderson, 1930"). The circulars, headed "Four Privately Printed Books," "Two World Famous Suppressed Books [Crump, 1601]," and "Secret Places of the Human Body," were used as evidence in U. S. v. Pauline Roth and Samuel Roth (1936); copies seen are in Roth's FBI files.
Ellis, Havelock. KANGA CREEK (1935)
*Davey, N. THE PENULTIMATE ADVENTURE (1935)
*Davies, Rhys. BED OF FEATHERS AND TALE (1935)
*Hanley, James. A PASSION BEFORE DEATH (1935) (The above four titles were also published together as one volume with no inclusive title. Upper cover of dust jacket states "The Black Hawk Press, New York." Both in the one- volume and separate editions, there are reproductions of usually bare-breasted females pasted onto otherwise blank leaves. KANGA CREEK includes "Biographical Memoir in the form of an imaginary conversation between Havelock Ellis . . . and Olive Schreiner . . ." by Norman Lockridge [Roth].
*Grant, John Cameron. THE ETHIOPIAN Possibly a photolithographic impression of the Carrington ed.
"Lockridge, Norman" [Samuel Roth], ed. GOLDEN TREASURY OF THE WORLD'S WIT AND WISDOM (1936) Other imprints for this title are Halcyon House, Herald Publishing, and "Dorene Publishing Company." T.p., and half title, and spine of the latter read "World's Wit and Wisdom." DJ has entire title. Verso t.p. states "Copyright 1936, Black Hawk, 1945 Biltmore, 1945, Dorene." DJ, however, reads "Biltmore" on back flap and spine.
Note: This imprint seems to have been reserved for books either finely printed, or which Roth especially liked. As with Black Hawk Books, some of these titles may have been reprinted by Roth without permission form the original publishers.
*"Brownell, Joseph" [Samuel Roth], ed. THE TELEPHONE DIRECTORY AS A GUIDE TO AMERICAN CULTURE (1929) Pub. date 12/1/29 (addr. 516 5th Ave).
*Douglas, Lord Alfred. MY FRIENDSHIP WITH OSCAR WILDE (1932)
*Donnelly, Robert. JUST LIKE THE FLOWERS, DEAR. A BOTANY FOR PARENTS (1932) There is a limited ed. on yellow ribbed paper, patterned paper boards and linen backstrip, signed by author (the book possibly was self-subsidized by author).
*Goddard, Gloria. THE LAST KNIGHT OF EUROPE. THE LIFE OF DON JOHN OF AUSTRIA (1932)
Jarry, Alfred. THE GARDEN OF PRIAPUS (1932) "Privately printed for subscribers by Coventry House." Tr. Louis Coleman. Introduction by Matthew Josephson. Illus. Arthur Zaidenberg.
O'Sheel, Shamus. BALLADS OF THE B.E.F.
* ---. IT NEVER COULD HAPPEN, OR, THE SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1932)
*Tillier, Claude. MY UNCLE BENJAMIN (1941) Tr. "Marie Lorenz" [Adelaide Roth]. Ill. Mahlon Blaine.
Voltaire. PHILOSOPHICAL DICTIONARY (1932) "Ten volumes in Two."
William Faro, Inc.
Anon. THE GIRLHOOD OF A PRIMA DONNA.
*---. THE INTIMATE JOURNAL OF RUDOLPH VALENTINO (1931)
*---. [Clement Wood]. LADY CHATTERLEY'S FRIENDS. A NEW SEQUAL [sic] TO LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER AND LADY CHATTERLEY'S HUSBANDS (1932)
*---. [Samuel Roth, ed.] ANECDOTA AMERICANA. FIVE HUNDRED STORIES FOR THE AMUSEMENT OF THE FIVE HUNDRED NATIONS THAT COMPRISE AMERICA (1933) cprt. pub. date 1/4/33. Roth identified as author on cprt. card; addr 200 W. 16th St. espite the title, this is not the important collection of American bawdy humor published in two "series," in 1927 and 1934, but a different set of anecdotes, without the scatology. See Golden Hind.
*Bell, Ralcy Husted. MEMOIRS AND MISTRESSES. COLORS AND ODORS OF LOVE (1931) cprt; pub. date 4/24/31. Addr 200 Broadway. There may have been a slightly shorter edition, published the same year, with the subtitle AMATORY RECOLLECTIONS OF A PHYSICIAN.
*Cheyney, Ralph. A PREGNANT WOMAN IN A LEAN AGE (1931) cprt 4/24/31. The Ardent Classics, No. 5.
*Dickinson, G. Lowes. HANDS OFF CHINA! THE LETTERS OF A CHINESE OFFICIAL (1932).
*"Dubois, Alan" [Clement Wood]. LOOSE SHOULDER STRAPS. cprt. 3/10/32. Addr. 1140 Broadway.
Dutcher, Mary Lee. CIRCULATION. AN UNCENSORED STUDY OF A NEWSPAPER OFFICE (1932).
*Gudaitis, Anthony [Tony Gud]. A YOUNG MAN ABOUT TO COMMIT SUICIDE (1932) cprt. pub date 2/3/32
*[---]. LADY CHATTERLEY'S HUSBANDS. AN ANONYMOUS SEQUEL TO THE CELEBRATED NOVEL LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER (1931). cprt. pub date 9/15/31. Illustrated and unillustrated impressions were issued. Published anonymously.
*Hamill, John. THE STRANGE CAREER OF MR. HOOVER UNDER TWO FLAGS (1931) cprt. pub. date 9/21/31
Hellinger, Mark. MOON OVER BROADWAY (1931) Cprt. Pub. Date 4/3/31
*Lawrence, D. H. LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER (1930) Modern Amatory Classics No. 1. Verso t.p.: "Revised 1930, by William Faro, Inc."
*Lennox, Walter. WOMEN'S DOCTOR. cprt. Pub. date 1/20/33
*Lindgren, Lydia. MY HEART IN MY THROAT. THE STORY OF A STRANGE CAPTIVITY (1932)
McKay, Donna. A GENTLEMAN IN A BLACK SKIN (1932)
Mendes, Catulle. LILA AND COLETTE (1931) The Ardent Classics, No.3. See Boar's Head. Another edition or impression is as follows: THERE ARE TWENTY GOOD WAYS OF DOING IT; AN ACCOUNT OF THE SWEET ADVENTURES OF LILA AND COLETTE, BEHIND THE LITTLE RED LIGHTS OF PARIS. Tr. from the French of Catulle Mendes. Illus. by Rahghild. NY: Privately Printed, 1934. If Roth published this version, perhaps because of its illustrations, it he did not give it the Faro imprint.
*Mirbeau, Octave. CELESTINE. BEING THE DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID (1930) Tr. Alan Durst. Modern Amatory Classics No. 2. cprt. pub date 11/1/30
*"Quilter, Daniel" [Samuel Roth]. BODY. A NEW STUDY, IN NARRATIVE, OF THE ANATOMY OF SOCIETY. (1932) See Autographed Editions Club.
*Roth, Samuel. LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER: A DRAMATIZATION OF HIS [i.e., Roth's] VERSION OF D. H. LAWRENCE'S NOVEL (1931). cprt. pub. date 4/24/31 (Address of author given as Jersey City, NJ). Modern Amatory Classics no. 2.
*---. STONE WALLS DO NOT. THE CHRONICLE OF A CAPTIVITY (1930) 2 vols. cprt. pub. date 5/29/31.
*--- [Clement Wood?] THE PRIVATE LIFE OF FRANK HARRIS (1931) cprt. pub. date 11/5/31 *---. SONGS OUT OF SEASON (1932)
*Sacher-Masoch, Leopold. VENUS IN FURS (1932). Some copies state, on the title page, that the book is "The Rahnghild edition," but both issues have the same illustrations. "Rahnghild:" Susan Inez Aguerra?
*Scully, Robert. A SCARLET PANSY (1933)
Vitray, Laura. THE GREAT LINDBERGH HULLABALOO. AN UNORTHODOX ACCOUNT (1932) cprt. pub. date 4/25/32.
*Wood, Clement. Wood, Clement. HERBERT CLARK HOOVER: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. 1932. See "Michael Swain" below. Perhaps the Faro impression appeared after the "Swain," and after the norotiety regarding Hamill's THE STRANGE CAREER. . . had decreased.
---. THE MAN WHO KILLED KITCHENER (1932) cprt. pub. date 2/10/32
---. THE WOMAN WHO WAS POPE. A BIOGRAPHY OF POPE JOAN, 853-855 A.D. (1931) cprt. pub. date 5/29/31
*---. WARREN GAMALIEL HARDING AN AMERICAN COMEDY (1932) cprt. pub. date 12/28/31
Advertised, possibly not published with, this imprint (see Big Dollar): Anon. OSCAR WILDE THREE TIMES TRIED. "Paris: Privately Printed" (no date). The book's endpapers, typeface, and typography (type face, running heads, rules) suggest that Roth published it. Bonneau, Alcide. PADLOCKS AND GIRDLES OF CHASTITY Possibly the privately printed 1928 ed., which Roth thought safe to advertise openly in 1932 Bell,, Ralcy Husted. SELF-AMUSEMENT See Big Dollar, Golden Hind. de Beaumont, Edouard de. SWORD AND WOMANKIND. Possibly the Panurge Press ed., 1929,1930, Tr. Esar Levine. "Macill" [Maxwell H. Hill]. WHATAMAN: HE SERVES THE COMMUNITY. Originally pub. Syracuse, NY: O. K. Printing Co, 1932. Symonds, J. A., SEXUAL INVERSION. "Wakem, Hugh" [Samuel Roth]. DIARY OF A SMUTHOUND. Impr: "William Hodgson, Philadelphia" (copyright verso t.p.: 1930). Dust jacket gives publisher as William Faro, Inc. Perhaps copies with this jacket represent a later impression. Wood, Clement. HERBERT CLARK HOOVER: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. "New York: Michael Swain" [Roth], 1932.
Golden Hind Press, The
Note: This was the name Roth used in the late twenties and thirties to designate his business operations, and it rarely appears as an imprint; more often it is used in the phrase "privately published by the Golden Hind Press" (see Black Hawk above).
*Anon. [Samuel Roth, ed.] ANECDOTA AMERICANA. FIVE HUNDRED STORIES FOR THE AMUSEMENT OF THE FIVE HUNDRED NATIONS THAT COMPRISE AMERICA (1933) see Faro.Verso t.p.: "New Revised Edition." The text differs from the Faro version, although there is a statement at the end of both versions reading "this is the end of the first five hundred."
---. PADLOCKS AND GIRDLES OF CHASTITY. 1932.
*Bell, Ralcy Husted. SELF-AMUSEMENT. Another edition (that is the text is reset, although the book design is similar) is entitled SELF-AMUSEMENT AND ITS SPECTRES and is dated 1932. A ticket pasted over the date gives the publisher as "SELECT EDITIONS CO. / 41 Union Square W. / New York, N. Y." The Golden Hind ed. lists 8 titles by Bell "now procureable through The Golden Hind Press."
Boccaccio. PASQUERELLA AND MADONNA BABETTA: REPRODUCED FROM THE BIBLION SOCIETY EDITION BY THE GOLDEN HIND PRESS. Jacket gives Golden Hind address as 522 Fifth Ave.
Bonneau, Alcide. PADLOCKS AND GIRDLES OF CHASTITY. 1931.
*"Jenks, Anton Shrewsbury" [Samuel Roth?] A DEAD PRESIDENT MAKES ANSWER TO THE PRESIDENTS DAUGHTER (1928). Limited to 999 cc.
Nafzawi, Umar ibn Muhammad. THE PERFUMED GARDEN. 1933. "Privately published for five hundred subscribers by the Golden Hind Press."
*Roth, Samuel JEWS MUST LIVE (1934) cprt. pub. date 3/10/34
Twain, Mark. 1601: OR CONVERSATION AS IT WAS AT THE FIRESIDE IN THE TIME OF THE TUDORS: AND SKETCHES OLD AND NEW. 1933.
*Lewishon, Ludwig. THE CASE OF MR. CRUMP (1930)
*Wood, Clement. HERBERT CLARK HOOVER: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY (1932) See Faro.
Poetry Book Shop, The
Gorman, Herbert S. THE FOOL OF LOVE (1920)
The following books are announced as part of "The Sign of the Lyre" series, of which THE FOOL OF LOVE is no. 2: Bellamann, Henry, A MUSIC TEACHER'S NOTE BOOK Long, Haniel. STUDENTS Reznikoff, Charles. POEMS
"Wakem, Hugh" [Samuel Roth]. DIARY OF A SMUTHOUND (1930) Impr: "William Hodgson, Philadelphia" (copyright verso t.p.: 1930). See Faro.