Paris: The Olympia Press, 1958. First Edition. Paperback. 1st edition, 1st printing of 5,000 copies, most of them trashed by the Brigade Mondaine (French vice police). 1st state binding (1 volume, green wrappers, titled Candy, not Lollipop). There is no way to tell if this copy was the first one printed or the last, or if it was among the first copies bound, but it was among the last copies sold before Candy was reprinted, as it has the original price “Francs: 1200” overstamped in blue ink “New Price NF 15.” Tiny rubs to the edges and corners, nearly fine, still fresh, and unabused, with no tears, soiling or repairs. Near fine. Item #78
Candy is an outrageous reminder that high heels were invented by a woman who had been licked on the navel. It took 6 years, and a fling in the courts, to clear the way for its publication in the U.S. because the fraction of fundamentalists that were reactionary, stood quite capable of mustering potent forces in their war on joy. No loss, it’s just a book, and though such people can be harmless, they can also be scary, so here’s why (in the wider world), they need to be tolerated, but they also need to be kept off balance. It’s not that they want you to think as they do, it’s that they want you to do as they think.