Léon Courbouleix’s second Suzon escapade was privately published two years after the first, and is even more fantastic than his description of his heroine’s holiday in the countryside. Now Suzon is getting married to the rake Boby, and she and her sister Jane, not to mention everyone else involved in the wedding, are two years more sexually experienced.

For the full range of sexual encounters from flagellation to orgies, Courbouleix’s Le mariage de Suzon is a feast on every level. Of course, it helps a great deal to have at least a reading knowledge of French …

In addition to the illustrated book as it was published, we are also very grateful to Jean-Pierre Dutel of Librairie Dutel in Paris for a portfolio of fifteen of Courbouleix’s original preparatory drawings for Le mariage de Suzon. Signed with his pseudonym Céssian, they show him at the height of his erotic illustration skills, able to depict the wildest fantasies of 1930s Parisian party-goers. This unique portfolio is currently for sale at Librairie Dutel; if you are interested (and can afford it!) you can contact the bookshop here.

Le mariage de Suzon was published ‘Aux dépens des amis de Cupidon’ (‘at the expense of the friends of Cupid’) in a limited numbered edition of 210 copies. At least one pirated edition from the late 1930s exists, and there is also a 1996 smaller-format reprint published by La Petite Collection.