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Gérard Nordmann (1930 - 1992) was a Swiss bibliophile and art collector. Nordmann reputedly was 17 when he began buying erotic books. Jewish by birth, Swiss by nationality, his family owned a chain of department stores, including Le Printemps. His collection, including such works as Tableaux des Moeurs du Temps, was sold in the late 2000s.

The collection included much unique material, including Sade's autograph manuscript for 120 Journées de Sodome, the autograph manuscript of Histoire d'O, the only extant copy of the first edition of Aretino's Sonnetti lusssuriosi, and the first edition of Alexandre-Jean-Joseph Le Riche de La Popeliniere's Tableaux des Moeurs du Temps (1750).

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