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"VALOIS, Jean-Paul" - [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : CORINNE : FILLE DE PIGALLE.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1952]. First edition. "One of the newest successes in modern French literature, Jean-Paul Valois is here introduced to English readers for the first time". This and the rest of the authorial biography - poor boy from Montmartre, served with the Maquis, imprisoned by the Gestapo - is all complete hokum. Valois was the pseudonym of Lisle Willis, ex-RAF English school-teacher, local councillor and prospective parliamentary candidate. Both he and his publisher, Edwin Self, were tried on bizarre obscenity charges in 1954 and, even more bizarrely, found guilty. Self went to prison, Willis heavily fined and barred for life from teaching (he went into television). For an excellent account of the whole affair see Steve Holland's "The Big Panic : The Story of Edwin Self and Pedigree Books".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine worn and chipped at foot; wrappers a little nicked and creased; edges a little spotted; staples a little rusted; a serviceable copy.

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"VALOIS, Jean-Paul" - [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : BIENAIMÈE.

London : Edwin Self, [ca.1955]. First edition. "Her inexperience of life coupled with her awakening sense of her own beauty and fascination lead her into dangerous paths ...". Interesting in that although an earlier Valois title had been involved in Self's trial on obscenity charges in 1954, the present title was openly issued from his post-prison address. The text is virtually identical to that of "Lovers of Montmartre" by "Michel Lesage", published a few years earlier, although toned down a little in places and with an altered ending.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some mild splitting and wear; tiny corner missing from upper wrapper; a few creases, but a good copy.

£40

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"VALOIS, Jean-Paul" - [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : CHERE AMIE.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1952]. First edition. "A fascinating story of the modern Paris underworld with all the romantic and glamorous aspect of life with artist's models and midinettes". One of the earliest "Valois" titles and frankly hilarious in its Franglais - "The température inside the room seemed to leap hundreds of degrees! The air was électrique, so that even Danielle Javenne could feel it in the garde-robe ...".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; a little worn, creased and slightly chipped; text lightly tanned; staples slightly rusted, but a good copy.

£40

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"VALOIS, Jean-Paul" - [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : CHERIE AMIE.

Paris : Libraire Images du Temps, 1955. First illustrated edition. One of the earliest "Valois" titles and frankly hilarious in its Franglais - "The température inside the room seemed to leap hundreds of degrees! The air was électrique, so that even Danielle Javenne could feel it in the garde-robe ...". Originally published as "Chere Amie" in London by Edwin Self, the present edition, purports to have been published in Paris and also claims to have been lithographed in the USA. Neither claim may be true.
Foolscap 4to (17cm). 128pp. Full-page illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers; lower wrapper slightly spotted; a touch shaken, but still overall a very good copy. No copy traced on WorldCat.

£25

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"VALOIS, Jean-Paul" - [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : CONFESSIONS OF CORINNE.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1953]. First edition. "Throbbing, pulsating, completely alive in every part of its being, the kind of body over which empereurs have fought and kingdoms have been lost".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128p. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some rubbing, wear and slight splitting to spine; wrappers a little creased and soiled; text a little tanned; a touch of rust to staples; a reasonable copy. No copy located in any major UK library.

£40

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"VALOIS, Jean-Paul" - [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : GIRL OF THE BOULEVARDS.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1952]. First edition. Ostensibly a translation of "La Belle Corinne : Fille des Boulevards".
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers - a design in the distinctive style of the un-named artist who produced most of the Corinne covers; some light wear and wrinkling; text lightly tanned; staples a touch rusted; a few slight internal marks, but overall a very good copy. No copy traced in any major UK library,

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"VALOIS, Jean-Paul" - [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : LES AMOURS DE CORINNE.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1952]. First edition. Corinne has lost a little weight - "No one could lie at death's door and not show signs of the angoisse, the souffrance that had been endured!"
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some light rubbing and mild wear; a few slight creases; lower wrapper a touch dusty; text lightly tanned, with a few spots; staples a touch rusted, but a better than average copy.

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"VALOIS, Jean-Paul" - [WILLIS, Ernest Lister Hale (Lisle), 1919-1988] : WOMEN OF PARIS.

London : Edwin Self & Co., [ca.1952]. First edition. Ostensibly a translation of "Encore Corinne : Femme de Paris" - the second of the Corinne series.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in typical Corinne style; 3cm chip at foot of spine, with loss of lettering; some creasing, rubbing and wear; text a little tanned, with a few spots; a serviceable copy.

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