Luc Lafnet was born on January 22nd 1899 in Belgium. He was a student at the Académie des Beaux-Arts de Liège in 1915, studying painting and graphic arts before moving to Paris in 1923. When Lafnet illustrated erotic literature he used the pseudonyms: Jim Black, Viset, Lucas O, Grim and Pol. In 1938, when Rob-Vel was called to fight in the war, Lafnet took over illustrating "Spirou", a character illustrated by Rob-Vel in the popular Belgian magazine "Le Journal de Spirou". Lafnet died in 1939.
21cm. 39pp. Limited edition of 360 copies on Lafuma, of which 350 are numbered 1-350, the balance containing an additional suite of the plates done in yellowish-brown, lettered A-J. 11 plates signed Lucas O.
This book is a collection of poems by Louis Perceau
(Dutel: 1055. Bibliothèque Nationale: RES P-Y2-836. Kinsey: 823.8 F629 f6F 1928. Monod: 11059. Importante Bibliothèque d'Ouvrages Erotiques (Auction Catalogue); Hotel Drouot, Salle No.13, 1987, #114. Bibliothèque Erotique Gérard Nordmann, Christies, April 27, 2006 Sale #5445 / Lot 309)
In-16. 191pp. Cover illustration by Lafnet, signed Luc L. Other illustrations by Ludo Chauviac.
(Bibliography of Georges Simenon http://www.nocesdencre.ch. Bibliothèque Nationale: 8-Y2-71448)
14 x 21cm. 96pp. Limited edition of 500 copies. Cover illustration by Luc Lafnet. Other illustrations by Luc Lafnet, Jef Lambert, Ernest Forgeur and Joseph Coulon.
(Bibliography of Georges Simenon http://www.nocesdencre.ch. Sotheby's: Sale PF3021, Lot 1, June 24, 2003)
In-16. 248pp. Limited edition of 1218 copies. Engravings and vignettes signed Viset.
(Bibliothèque Nationale: 16-Y2-12361. Monod: 293. British Library: X.958/4257)
8vo. 251pp. Frontispiece by Viset.
This work was done in a series of 4 volumes published in 1928, 1930, 1932 and 1935, all under the publisher imprint of Au Cabinet du Livre [Jean Fort]. Even though the frontispiece of the 1935 volume is signed 'Luc', Luc Lafnet is not the artist; either that or Mr. Lafnet was having a really bad day.
(Bibliothèque Nationale: RES P-YE-708 (2) Private collection)
20cm. 164pp. Limited to 350 copies on fil Lafuma. Frontispiece + 12 engravings signed Viset [Luc Lafnet]
Reissued: Orleans: aux dèpens de la Galanterie, 1940 with 8 engravings by Lafnet (in color) [See: Importante Bibliothèque d'Ouvrages Erotiques; Hotel Drouot, Salle No.13, 1987, #70]
(Dutel: 1144. Bibliothèque Nationale: ENFER 946. Kinsey: 843.8 D89 c2S 1930. Kearney: Scissors and Paste Bibliographies)
22cm. 309pp. Limited edition of 1000. Frontispiece + 11 b/w heliogravures signed Jim Black [Luc Lafnet].
Continued by "Poker de Dames"
(Bibliothèque Nationale: RES P-Y2-836. Kinsey: 823.8 F629 f6F 1928. Ivan Stormgart Special Catalogue 40: #209)
22cm. 253pp. 12 héliogravures signed Jim Black [Luc Lafnet].
(Bibliothèque Nationale: RES P-Y2-1000 (26). Kinsey: 843.8 V496 c9 1934)
8vo. 2 volumes. Vol.1: vii + 243pp.; Vol.2: 359pp. Limited edition of 480 of which 20 are on Japon, 60 are on and Auvergne (?) and 400 are on Holland. 10 engravings + 66 in-text illustrations by Viset [Luc Lafnet] and Martin van Maele.
Preface by Pierre Dufay. Because Martin van Maele died before completing the illustrations for Les Dialogues, the frontispiece + two of the engravings are by Viset, the remaining are by Martin van Maele.
(Bibliothèque Nationale: RES M-Z-80. The Satyrical Drawings of Martin van Maele, Cytheria Press, 1970)
19cm. 210pp. Frontispiece + 7 b/w plates signed Jim Black [Luc Lafnet].
The date of publication is from the spine
(Bibliothèque Nationale: 8-Y2-90000 (71). Kinsey: 843.8 F96 d7 1931)
8vo. 165pp. Limited to 365 copies of which 15 are on Japon impérial and 350 on Lafuma [Perceau calls for an additional 4 copies on Japon with 1 suite of illustrations in blood-red + 1 suite in watercolor and 12 copies on Japon with 1 suite of illustraions in blood-red]. Frontispiece + 12 engravings signed Viset [Luc Lafnet].
The preface is by Sylvestre Bonnard, a pseudonym used by Pierre Dufay. L'Ecole des Biches was originally published in Paris in 1863 (dated 1868) by [Jean-Pierre] Blanche (1820-1875) of Brussels in a limited edition of 64 copies [See Dictionnaire des Œuvres èrotiques: p.151]. L'Ecole des Biches was frequently written by hand; the original MS done for Duponchel contained 12 illustrations in outline by J. Chauvet [See: Ashbee V.1 p.194]
A 1939 edition contains 12 illustrations in color by Schem.
(Dutel: 1446. Bibliothèque Nationale: ENFER-1060. Kinsey 843.7 E19 1928. Auction catalogue Importante Bibliothèque d'Ouvrages Erotiques; Hotel Drouot, Salle No.13, 1987, #72)
20cm. 265pp. 8 b/w plates signed Jim Black [Luc Lafnet].
Previously published in 1913 by Jean Fort.
(Bibliothèque Nationale: RES P-Y2-907. Kinsey: 843.8 C445 e7 1930)
8vo. Non-paginated. Limited edition of 110 copies, of which 100 contain 15 plates by Lafnet
(Bibliothèque Nationale: RES P-YE-658. Monod: 3868. Importante Bibliothèque d'Ouvrages Erotiques (Auction Catalogue); Hotel Drouot, Salle No.13, 1987, #114)
In-folio. xv + 145pp. Limited edition of 122 copies on vélin de Lana. Illustrations in b/w and color. 5th volume of Collection des Bibliophiles du papier?
(Bibliothèque Nationale: RES G-Y2-127. Monod: 9094)
20cm. 212pp. 16 b/w heliogravures signed Jim Black
(Bibliothèque Nationale: 8-Y2-90000 (1436). Kinsey: 843.8 F98 g3 1933. Private collection)
8vo. 2 volumes. 158pp., 158pp. Limited edition of 300 copies. 12 illustrations hors-texte.
8vo. 136pp. Limited edition of 400 unumbered copies on verge Chesterfield. 30 quarter page vignettes [signed Pol] and 13 tail-pieces.
4vo. Limited edition of 500 copies.
4to. Limited edition of 86 copies on Holland. 23 engravings.
8vo. 217pp. Limited to 745 copies. Frontispiece + 4 full-page b/w engravings with tissue guards signed Viset.
(Bibliothèque Nationale: RES P-Y2-1371. Monod: 10044)
24cm. 199pp. Limited edition of 450 copies. 12 engravings signed Viset + 2 portraits by an unknown artist.
Introduction by Hepley [Louis Perceau], with a study on the president by Sylvestre Bonnard. Originally published in 1850. A 1907 edition was published by Jules Chevrel with illustrations by Van Troizem (Martin van Maele)
(Bibliothèque Nationale: ENFER-1056. Kinsey: 844.7 G27 l7 1927. Dutel: 1847. Monod: 5193. Importante Bibliothèque d'Ouvrages Erotiques (Auction Catalogue); Hotel Drouot, Salle No.13, 1987, #30. Bibliothèque Erotique Gérard Nordmann, Christies, April 27, 2006 Sale #5445 / Lot 151)
8vo. Limited edition of 250 copies. 17 original drawings (pen-an-ink and watercolor) signed 'Viset'
(Dutel: 635. Bibliothèque Erotique Gérard Nordmann, Christies, April 27, 2006 Sale #5445 / Lot 422)
8vo. iii + 263pp. Limited edition of 500 on vélin de Rives. 16 engravings in color signed Luc Lafnet.
First issued in 1769 by Chez Humblot in a limited edition of 1000 copies.
(Bibliothèque Nationale: RES P-Y2-1447. Monod: 9657. Kearney: Scissors and Paste Bibliographies. Bookseller holding: William Dailey Rare Books)
8vo. 323pp. Limited to 1000 copies. 12 b/w héliogravures signed Luc Lafnet.
This work is a continuation of the book "Les Confidences d'un Baronnet", published in 1929 by Jean Fort's Collection des Orties Blanches, also illustrated by "Jim Black". An advertisement at the front of the book, Dresseuses d'Hommes, states that Poker de Dames has "douze héliogravures de Jim Black. Un volume in-8 sur papier de luxe.
(Bibliothèque Nationale: RES P-Y2-836 (2))
In-4, 79pp. Limited edition of 400 copies. 8 engravings.
(Bibliothèque Nationale: RES M- YE- 151. University of Ottawa: PQ 1191 .E6 Q83 1927. Davidson Auctions, July 20, 2003)
23cm. 289pp. Frontispiece + 16 héliogravures signed Jim Black.
(Bibliothèque Nationale: RES P-Y2-949. Kinsey: 843.8 D434 s7 1932)
12mo. 222pp. Limited edition of 750 copies. 12 engravings in color.
From the series Le Coffret du Bibliophile. Introduction by Guillaume Apollinaire. First published in 1877 as "Mémoires d'une Demoiselle de bonne famille". Also published by P. J. Haumont as "Mémoires d'une demoiselle de bonne famille" with illustrations by Berthomme. A 1961 reprint published by Le Livre du Bibliophile includes the illustrations by Lafnet but is outside the scope of this checklist.
(Grenier du Collectionneur, bulletin trimestriel, 4th trimestre 1978 (Bruxelles), no. 93. Pia, 2nd. edition, p. 709)
4to. Limited edition of 106 copies on vélin de Rives. A total of 89 engraved plates, vignettes, and chapter pieces by Lafnet, with 3 original engravings.
(Monod: 1170. Sotheby's: Sale PF2017, Lot 351, Dec. 6, 2002)
8vo. 168pp. 12 engravings signed Grim. Limited edition of 350 copies.
The author is falsely attributed to Adolphe Belot [See Pia and Bibliothèque Nationale: 8-Y2-90000 (2082)]
(Dutel: 2453. Bibliothèque Nationale: ENFER-1095. Monod: 1312. Importante Bibliothèque d'Ouvrages Erotiques (Auction Catalogue); Hotel Drouot, Salle No.13, 1987, #38]
8vo. 317pp. Limited edition of 500 copies of which 100 are on Auvergne and 374 are on Hollande de Pannekeok. 10 plates signed Viset [Luc Lafnet]
(Bibliothèque Nationale: 4-LN27-63104. Monod: 5697)
9cm. 186pp.Limited to 750 copies. 12 plates in color signed Luc Lafnet.
The author of Zoloé has been falsly attributed to the Marquis de Sade. Zoloé, which first appeared in July of 1800 [See Ashbee v.1 p.407], was erronously thought to have been the reason for the Marquis De Sade's arrest in 1800. Because of that assumption, the author of Zoloé was assumed to have De Sade. However, this has since been shown to be false. (See Gilbert Lély's "The Marquis de Sade: A Biography", 1961, p.415-416)
(Bibliothèque Nationale: ENFER-1127)