HISSINK, Coen. Cocaine: Berlijnsch zedenbeeld.

(Amsterdam and Antwerp): Uitgeverij Regenboog, 1928.  First edition.  Octavo.  197 pages.  A scarce and obscure collection of stories relating to decadence, homosexuality, prostitution and cocaine set against the backdrop of Berlin, and its silent film industry. Hissink was a Dutch film actor appearing in 25 films between 1914 and 1942.  Seeking inspiration for this work, semi-autobiographical in nature, Hissink visited a gay club in Berlin where he snorted cocaine in a bathroom.  Despite being the first Dutch novel to feature such a descriptive use of cocaine, the work slipped into obscurity, before being rediscovered by the Dutch poet Boudewijn Büch in the 1980s.   Still the work remains scarce, with Worldcat locating just four copies, none outside of The Netherlands.  A very good copy in printed wrappers, some foxing, partially uncut.


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