Der Venuswagen / Heinrich Stinnes Copy I/XL

Doktor Heinrich Stinnes’
Obligatory Number One

Der Venuswagen. A Collection of Erotic Private Editions with


Published as PRIVATE EDITIONS OF THE GURLITT PRESS by Alfred Richard Meyer (Munkepunke). First Series. 9 volumes (all published). Berlin 1919/1920.

Ruby red orig. morocco on 5 ribs

in quarto (12⅛ × 9⅞ in [30.7 × 25 cm]) with blind tooled front cover vignette and equal line on both covers as well as, gilt tooled, on the back, as the titles, too, green moiré inner covers & fly-leaves as well as gilt head edge. Two edges untrimmed.


Doktor Heinrich Stinnes

(Mülheim/Ruhr 1867 – Cologne 1932)

with volume by volume on the fly-leaf
the collector’s written ownership note
with source of purchase & price in deep black ink
and the red collection stamp (Lugt 4436) along with 1/40 in the margin lower left
of each one of the 73 plate prints


Das Graphische Jahr, Fritz Gurlitt, 2nd ed., Berlin 1922, pp. 73 f.; Hayn-Gotendorf, Bibliotheca Germanorum Erotica & Curiosa, vol. IX (1919). Ed. by Paul Englisch, pp. 600 f. & individual references with the titles; Bilderlexikon der Erotik, vol. II (1929), 868 f.; Paul Englisch, Geschichte der erotischen Literatur, Berlin 1927, p. 287, 3 & individual references with the titles; Paul Englisch, Irrgarten der Erotik, Eine Sittengeschichte über das gesamte Gebiet der Welt-Pornographie, Leipsic 1931, p. 299 & individual references with the titles; L. Lang, Expressionistische Buchillustration in Deutschland 1907-1927, Lucerne (1975), 70, 134 & 144.

Venuswagen / Cover Vignette

“ The Venuswagen has loaded strong spices , juicy herbs from Occident and Orient . Artists of reputation provide the trimmings , Mr. Alfred Richard Meyer has the reins . Eroticism goes well – Eroticism goes better than ever . Heigh-ho this will be a ride … ”

(Horst Stobbe in Die Bücherstube, vol. I, issue 2, pp. 71 f., quoted from Hayn-Gotendorf, op. cit., p. 600).

“ All (still available) copies were confiscated ”

(Englisch, Geschichte der erotischen Literatur). Here, however, not only escaped Lady Justice’s seizing hands and therefore absolutely complete, but moreover present in the


(first and final total number of copies 740) printed on strong laid paper and bound in leather (as here) or vellum or also, as not noted in the imprint, in silk. – Serial as individual titles mostly in red & black. – Within the generous preliminary matters on page 3 each lithographed serial vignette, the content of the first volumes later modified. – Plates printed on the Gurlitt press. – Beside the moiré fly-leaf at the beginning 2 & at the end 1 additional fly-leaves. On each one of the fly-leaves following the front moiré fly-leaf the autograph owner’s note of Dr. Stinnes with full name & purchase note in black ink. The reference to the plates on the titles mostly numbered in writing. – Except for one of the Corinth plates, see below,

all prints as well as the imprint

are signed by the respective artist .

  1. The serial title Der Venuswagen from Friedrich Schiller’s poem of the same name from 1781 as volume 1 of the series with 8 (7 signed as Cat. Fischer 406, too) color lithographs (5⅞ × 9⅞ in [15 × 25 cm] and [7] c. 10¼ × 8¼-8½ in [26 × 21-21.5 cm] resp., 3 of which inscribed in the stone with Ritsch Ratsch, Venusfinger and Inquisitia resp.) by Lovis Corinth (Tapiau 1858 – Zandvoort 1925). 33 pages, 1 sheet imprint, 2 extra end fly-leaves. – Text printed by von Otto von Holten, Berlin. – Europa on the Bull remained inadvertently unsigned. – Ribs slightly rubbed just as one spot each at upper field and lower edge of the back as well as the upper right corner of the front cover.
  2. E. Jouy (= Victor Josephe Etienne, named for his native place de Jouy). Sappho or The Lesbians. (1799.) With title & 6 signed plate etchings (c. 7⅝ × 5¾ in [19.5 × 14.5 cm]) as well as charming initials by Otto Schoff (Bremen 1888 – Berlin 1938). From the French into the German by Balduin Alexander Möllhausen. 25 pages, 1 leaf imprint, 2 extra end fly-leaves. – Text printed by Otto von Holten, Berlin. – The green inner covers & fly-leaves with tidemark above. At front at most 4 cm deep and decreasingly coloring the following two white fly-leaves, Stinnes’ ownership note just as untouched by this as at the back the impeccable imprint page with Roman I & Schoff’s signature. At the back otherwise 11 cm deep and strongly coloring the two white end papers, yet the first of which affected on front only slightly anymore. Feebly green upper edge then on pages 9/10 & following etching, then more generally, partly virtually imperceptible feeble narrow brown stripe, the farthest upper edge occasionally also with a touch of green. – One cover tissue paper each defect lower right and lower edge resp. – Of the tidemarks on the binding basically worth mentioning just the slight little dark rim on the left half of the lower edge of the front cover, duly registered otherwise still front cover above & on three sides on the back cover. All in all yet no less, but also no more than a partial slip with immaculate freshness of all the rest.
  3. Pantschatantra. Fables from Indian Love Life. With 10 signed color lithographs with additional monogram in the stone (7⅝-8⅝ × 6¼-6⅞ in [19.5-22 × 16-17.5 cm]) as well as pertinent large chapter initials and figurative upper ledge & closing vignettes by Richard Janthur (Zerbst 1883 – Berlin 1956). 47 pages, 1 leaf imprint. – Text printed by Spamersche Buchdruckerei Leipsic. – Continuously wavy from faint tidemark in the upper margin, first & final leaves somewhat more. Below mostly only less wavy and without tidemark, besides also not quite continuous. In the leather only little annoying trace at the upper edge of the covers. – One cover tissue paper in the lower right and lower margin defect. This all yet tolerable, disguised by the fine typography and … the strong vividness of the illustrations. Included even the initials.
  4. Alfred Richard Meyer. The Aldegrever Girl. A Novella. 1911. With 8 signed & colored lithographs by Georg Walter Rössner (Leipsic 1885 – Gundelsby 1972) (“free, yet not erotic” (H.-G. IX, 400; 7⅝-8⅝ × 5⅛-7½ in [19.5-22 × 13-19 cm]) and large opening initial 40 pages, 1 leaf imprint. – Text printed by Otto von Holten, Berlin. – Preliminary matters in carmine & black. – Imprint correctly signed by the artist, not by the author as erroneously stated there. – Backed small margin tears, feeble brown stripe in the joint, in places minimally foxed. Minimal rubbing at the headcap and three small scratches on the front cover lower left.
  5. Henry de Kock / Balduin A. Möllhausen. The Murder in the Little Chestnut Wood or The Uneventful Wedding Night. With 6 signed color lithographs with additional signature in the stone (7¼ × 5⅞ in [18.5 × 15 cm]) as well as illustrated title by Franz Christophe (Vienna 1875 – Berlin 1946). 52 pages, 1 leaf imprint. – Text printed by Otto von Holten, Berlin. – On the half-title sheet the title Henry de Kock / (The Story of Doctor Schultz). – Preliminary matters in green & black. – Without the collection-specific written specification of the number of plates in the title. – At the beginning minimal foxspots. – Minimal abrasions at headcap and three ribs at the back.
  6. Heinrich Lautensack. Erotic Votive Plates. With 7 signed lithographs with additional signature in the stone (4½-7⅞ × 5½-6⅛ in [11.5-20 × 14-15.5 cm]) by Willy Jaeckel (Breslau 1888 – Berlin 1944). 32 pages, 1 leaf imprint. – Text printed by Printing Office Gustav Ascher, Berlin. – Throughout in red & black. – Imprint correspondingly on heavy Dutch laid paper, not 1919 Zanders laid paper as stated by H.-G. – At the beginning only one fly-leaf, besides included in pagination. – One of the cover tissue papers with small tear-off and backed tear at the lower edge.
  7. (François-Marie Mayeur de Saint-Paul). The Royal Orgy or The Austrian in Mood. An Opera. Published by a Life-guardsman the Day of the Freedom of Press. 1789. Set to Music by the Queen. With 6 signed plate lithographs (“erotic and obscene”, H.-G.; 2½-3½ × 2⅜-5¾ in [6.5-9 × 6-14.5 cm]) as well as 3 charming lithographed vignettes by Paul Scheurich (New York 1883 – Brandenburg 1945). For the first time translated into German by Engelbert Nern and with his epilog The Small Chambers and the Deer Park. 38 pages, 1 leaf imprint, 2 end fly-leaves. – Text printed by Otto von Holten, Berlin. – The author not researched by the publisher/translator. – Series vignette in orange, preliminary matters in orange & black. – All 6 plates with the collection stamp as custom, yet only five also with the written 1/40. – Partially faint shadow of a narrow tidemark at the lower edge, in the leaf of the imprint and the following white fly-leaf somewhat more. One of the cover tissue papers defect.
  8. Wilhelm Heinse. The Cherries. With 7 signed chalk lithographs (“free, but not very erotic”, H.-G.; 6¾-8⅛ × 4-7½ in [17-20.5 × 10-19 cm]) as well as vignettes & upper ledge borders by Wilhelm Wagner (Hanau 1887 – Bad Saarow 1968). 29 unnumbered leaves, 1 leaf imprint. – Text printed by Otto von Holten, Berlin. – The serial vignette adjusted to the content. – Title in red & black. – The fine large typography especially worth mentioning. – At the beginning originally only one additional fly-leaf. – Without the collection-specific written specification of the number of prints in the title. – Only quite occasionally small foxspots. Minimal rubbing of the upper edge of the back cover.
  9. J(oris) K(arl) Huysmans. Gilles de Rais. German by August Döppner. With 15 signed lithographs by Willi Geiger (Schönbrunn/Landshut 1878 – Munich 1971) with additional monogram in the stone (4⅜-8⅛ × 2⅛-7⅛ in [11-20.5 × 5.5-18 cm) as well as large figurative closing vignette signed in the stone only and figurative opening initial. 40 pages, 1 leaf imprint, 2 end fly-leaves. – Text printed by Otto von Holten, Berlin. – Only the series title in red & black with coincident omission of the serial vignette. – The erroneous specification of the imprint with regard to only 35 luxury copies corrected by hand to 40. – One cover tissue paper defect. Back cover with faint long scratch mark and three minimal rub marks, such also at the headcap and the ribs at the back.

Irrespective of described and, on their own, indeed impairing imperfections in the preservation of two volumes an

excellent state of preservation & as a whole a feast for the eyes

which disguises said imperfections sovereignly awaits you. This copy is downright

a synthesis of the arts ennobled unrepeatably by provenance & Roman I .

Offer no. 15,648 / price on application

Heinrich Stinnes, Collector's Stamp
Heinrich Stinnes, 1/40.

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