‘DORMIENNE, Louise’ [pseudonym of René DUNAN]. ~ Les Caprices du sexe ou les Audaces érotiques de mademoiselle Louise de B... roman inédit. ‘Orléans: aux dépens des amis de la galanterie’ [Maurice Duflou, 1928].
4to (232 × 180 mm), pp. 163,  (complete with 2 terminal blanks), plus 13 etched plates. Uncut, with a few leaves unopened in original pale mauve wrappers printed in red and black (lightly faded). An excellent copy.
First edition: the first erotic work of the twentieth century by a French woman. Number 281 of 350 copies printed for subscription only.
Pia identifies the author as Mme Renée Dunan, and notes that the work was subject to censorship and the editions destroyed under successive judgements by the Tribunal correctionel between 1950 and 1955. The explicit plates are signed ‘Viset’, pseudonym of Belgian artist Luc Lafnet (1899-1939). Renée Dunan (1892–1936) was variously an anarchist activist, feminist, prolific novelist and critic and was associated with many of the important movements of the early twentieth century, including Dadaism. She knew André Breton, Paul Éluard and Francis Picabia. Kearney, Private Case, 634; Dutel 1920-1970, 1143; Pia 167. For René Dunan, ses Claudine Brécourt-Villars, Ecrire d’amour: anthologie de textes érotiques féminins, 1799-1984 (1985), pp. 199-201. Worldcat lists no US copies.