Item #4088 MEMOIRS OF A RUSSIAN PRINCESS; Gleaned from her secret diary, compiled, noted and annotated by Katoumba Pasha

MEMOIRS OF A RUSSIAN PRINCESS; Gleaned from her secret diary, compiled, noted and annotated by Katoumba Pasha.

NY: Grove Press, 1967. First Printing. Cloth in dust jacket. Light shelfwear. Very good.

Item #4088

8vo. pp.144. "Katoumba Pasha is a pseudonym. According to Dr. Fritz Beobachter, the noted historian and sexologist, Pasha was actually an aristocratic Russian refugee from the Crimean war who fled to England and sought to deflect attention from himself and to account for his thick accent by assuming a Turkish name. No doubt Dr. Beobachter is right (he offers no evidence). The manuscript of Pasha's carefully compiled work, penned entirely by longhand in green ink, with the quotations from the Princess' diary inscribed in red ink, arrived one morning at the doorstep of the publisher's office. lt was kept with the unauthenticated manuscripts until its existence was mentioned one day at lunch to Dr. Beobachter. The rest is publishing history. "Now, in these claims, taken from the inside back flap of the d/j, there isn't a shred of truth. It is actually a reprint of an erotic novel appearing originally at Paris in 1890. A copy of what seems to be this original edition is in the Private Case of the British Library. Who Dr. Beobachter might be is a mystery; his name appears as the author of several blurbs attached to Grove Press reprints of Victorian and Edwardian erotica, and one notion is that he actually is Mr. J.B. Rund, a one- time collector of erotica, who supplied many of the original texts to Grove Press for reprinting.

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