Most of Jacques Touchet’s in-text illustrations for Pierre Louÿs’ erotic romp Les aventures du Roi Pausole are decidedly mediocre, but what raises the work above the entirely mundane are the five full-page colour images, which have a spirit and liveliness that truly complement Louÿs’ narrative. His hammock-swinging harem and processional Tryphêmian naturists are as good as any of the work’s many illustrators, making this 1939 edition a worthy addition to any Pausole collection.


The edition of Roi Pausole illustrated by Jacques Touchet was published by Piazza, Paris, in a numbered print run of 3,200 copies.