City of Industry, CA: Collectors Publications, 1969. First edition thus. Wraps. Mass market paperback. Lavender pictorial wraps. Minor wear and faint rubbing/soil to covers. Very good plus or better. 160 pages followed by 32 pages of advertisements. Very good +. Item #24229
"Complete & Unexpurgated Studes in Lesbian Love / Fully Illustrated". An honest-to-god "Adults Only" compilation of the extant texts of Sappho in Aolian Greek, with translations and commentary. Liberally cut, pasted, and reappropriated from the serviceable 1885 critical edition of Henry Thornton Wharton, who was at the time of publication some sixty years too dead to complain. Illustrated throughout with images ranging from reproductions of 17th century etchings to contemporary photographs, from the naughty to the assertively obscene. Padded out to the sleaze pulp's traditional 160-page length by the inclusion of Alexander Pope's translation of Ovid's "Sappho to Phaon" ("Ye Lesbian virgins and ye Lesbian dames / Themes of my verse and object of my flames", etc.) -- this, regrettably, without the Latin original. Pope's couplets are followed by illustrated advertisements for divers marital devices and numerous lewd books, including "It's Fun to Be a Batman." The crowning jewel of any classicist's library, and an ornament to elevate the mind of the workaday smut collector. A treasure.