NY: Berkley Publishing Corp., 1958. First thus (originally published in 1904 as "Fumée d'opium"). Wrps. Translation by Samuel Putnam. Preface by Pierre Louys. Cover art by Robert Maguire features an erotic depiction of a naked blonde woman amidst the swirling smoke of an opium pipe.
Farrère's classic collection of opium tales: "The world of BLACK OPIUM is a forbidden world where human bodies find themselves possessed and driven by desires which consume them in the flames of hot-blooded ecstasy... Here is a world of torture and torment, filled with the fantastically erotic shapes of the living nightmares of depraved love - a book that will astound you with its frank revelations of vice and corruption..." (back cover blurb).
In May 1932 Farrère was in conversation with French President Paul Doumer at the opening of a Paris book fair at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild when Doumer was assassinated by Russian émigré Paul Gorguloff.
Minor edge rubbing to edges, o/w Near Fine with binding square and spine uncreased.