RANDOLPH (Paschal Beverly). Magia Sexualis. French translation by Maria de NAGLOWSKA. Paris, Robert Télin, Au Lys Rouge, 1931.
In-8 paperback, printed cover.
Portrait and 12 plates outside the text containing 16 figures (some in colour), most of them representing sexual positions. 2 folding tables.
First edition of the French translation based on the unpublished manuscript written in Boston in 1872 and left by the American occultist and spiritualist physician P. B. Randolph (1825-1875) who, after having been a member of the H. B. of L., founded a secret society where sexual magic was practised: "the Eulis Brotherhood". He was a bitter opponent of Madame Blavatsky and died mysteriously in 1875. As for the translator Maria de Naglowska, she claimed to have received her powers from Rasputin, and practised "tantric magic" with a small but disparate group in Montparnasse in the 1930s.
First edition limited to 1007 copies; n°262 of 1000 on Arches vellum. (Dorbon 3885.)