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The Pleasure Quest of the R.S.P.

The Pleasure Quest of the R.S.P. by Peter Quimme, a 1974 trade paperback with a cover price of $1.50 from Dell, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Peter Quimme The Pleasure- Quest of the R. S. P.

I will claim this brand new acquisition for the Reading Room was made entirely based on the previously posted review by Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus … but, the cover is pretty awesome as well.

“What were a group of the world’s most expert amorous gentlemen, the ever-ready members of a youthful erotic love cult, a voluptuous female sex researcher and her all-very-male staff, an I-am-curious U.S. Senator and a girl Friday with all the answers, a talented gorilla and a French chambermaid doing at an orgy?” — back cover

“An Invitation You Can’t Turn Down R.S. xx P.

Could the truth be wilder than fiction? This was the question that stirred the distinguished members of the R.S.P. (Royal Society of P–rn–gr–ph–rs) to rise to their greatest challenge. For years they had produced under-the-counter masterpieces for an adoring public—works written with list and x’s, never failing to arouse a most gratifying response.

But now the time had come to turn from their pens to more potent instruments of pleasure—to turn, in short, from fantasy to flesh.

And their invitations went out to a most extraordinary variety of people to join them in a most unusual part.

Needless to say, everyone came…” — front matter

The Pleasure Quest of the R.S.P.

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews The Pleasure Quest of the R.S.P. by Peter Quimme.

Peter Quimme The Pleasure Quest of the R S P

The suspicious name of this author may be a nom de plume, but it also appeared on his gastronomical studies. As far as my research has been able to sound, this 1974 first novel was also his last. That’s a disappointment, because I enjoyed it thoroughly. Part I is principally a fictional symposium of competitive erotic storytelling, along with the necessary scene-setting and character definition to ground Part II, which is a spectacular farce culminating in a baroque sexual orgy that brings the titular Royal Society of Pornographers together with a small and eclectic free-love cult.

The characters, while sometimes pandering to stereotypes, are all vividly and entertainingly drawn. There are a few brief passages of verse, some of which is poetically admirable, and some of which is simply hilarious. The pacing holds up well throughout. I would only be too pleased to read another book on these lines, but I fear this one is unique. [via]