This is a store for those who prefer the old to the new;

who prefer character to shine;

who value owning and using a piece of history.

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This is a store for those who prefer the old to the new;

who prefer character to shine;

who value owning and using a piece of history.

This is a store for those people and the ones who adore them.

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Books and Antiques

Bosch

Bosch is a bookseller and collector of 18th, 19th, and early 20th century antique erotica and sex-related books and kinky antiques. He enjoys chasing down rare and clandestinely published books. Many of these books at one time or another were ordered destroyed by religions and governments. They often have false and misleading imprints, which allowed their publishers to avoid prosecution and they were freely pirated, which makes identification tricky. If Bosch has learned anything from his research of erotica it is that sexuality, in all of its glorious diversity, has been a part of literature and art throughout history, and that when it comes to sex there is truly nothing new under the sun. Bosch is also a Bondage/BDSM instructor, musician, music teacher and web developer.

 

Sold here are items that I value. Most are antique, some are here because their quality or uniqueness sets them apart from what one usually finds elsewhere. I simply ask myself, “What would I consider the ‘perfect gift’?” and that is what I try to find to sell here.

I get new items in every week. Check back often and let me know if you have any specific requests.   -Bosch ([email protected])

  • Ex Libris Mario de Filippis (signed) 5 x 4", signed on the front and back in pencil, presumably by artist Woman, man on horseback in front of Italian architecture and a silhouette of Michelangelo's David One of the most important (and largest) collections of ex libris in the world belongs to Mario De Filippis, the owner of Buca di San Francesco restaurant in Arezzo Italy. He has over 130,000 ex libris in his collection, approximately 13,000 are personal ex libris plates he's commissioned from artists all over the world using a multitude of printing techniques.  His website describes Mario as "a passionate lover of small graphics".
  • Ex Libris Nagi Arpad Daniel - Tartu 3.5 x 4.75", signed on the back, presumably by and for the Estonian artist, Arpad Daniel Nagy, Tartu is a city in Estonia nude woman sitting on rock in the water, behind her a bridge. Arpad Daniel Nagy was a creative visual artist. Arpad Daniel Nagy was born in 1922 and died in 1985.  Arpad Daniel Nagy was largely inspired by the 1930s growing up. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the conflict between a number of political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. Artistic output in the United States was heavily impacted at the time by the Great Depression, and a number of artists took to focusing on ideas of humility and the ordinary man. For the first time in US history, artists began to explore into political subjects and attempted to use their art to impact society. Themes such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes were prevalent in many artists’ work. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government required urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret plan to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a primary list of two hundred and fifty rare paintings by the Old Masters, many which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler. Surrealism continued to dominate in Europe, and had influence on an international scale. Artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera in Mexico, worked to incorporate the ideas posed by Surrealism into their radical political ideologies, developing a new kind of magic realism. The decade took a ominous turn with the birth of National Socialism in Germany, followed by Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. By the end of the 1930s, the Second World War had begun; which preoccupied both artists and the global population.
  • Ex Libris Sergei 3.5 x 4.75", signed on the back nude woman with books
  • Ex Libris Sergei Brehhov 4.5 x 5.5", signed on the back Adam and Eve
  • Ex Libris B Lück 3 x 4.25", black ink on paper naked woman tree
  • Ex Libris Brehhov S. A. 3 x 4", black ink on paper, presumably Sergio A. Brehhov naked woman holding a book
  • Chimie mon amour! Giorgio Balbi 3 x 4", black ink on paper, translated from French "chemistry, my love!" scientist/chemist creating fire and woman, artist's name on back written in pencil
  • Ex libris J. Mikino 3 x 4", black ink on paper two lovers intertwined as a wine glass
  • Ex Libris V. Krumpky (signed) 4.75 x 6.75", black ink on paper signed by artist on the  front in pencil
  • Ex Libris (beast, woman, child) 3 x 4", black ink on paper writing (presumably the artist's name) on the  back
  • Ex Libris Virve Roost (signed) 3.5 x 3.5", red ink on paper, signed by artist naked women with plant Virve Roost (1933-2019) was an Estonian biologist and horticultural scientist. He worked most his life in the Tallinn Botanical Garden. After graduating from University of Tartu in 1956, he worked as a biology and chemistry teacher at Vasalemma Secondary School for two years. In 1958, he started working in the ornamental horticulture sector of the Institute of Experimental Biology of the Academy of Sciences, on the basis of which the Tallinn Botanical Garden was founded in 1961. He worked there most his life, from gardener to head of the tropical and subtropical flora sector. He resigned from his position in 1993 at his own request. After that, he worked as a gardener in the greenhouse for a few years, then as a contract worker he organized a rich collection of black and white photographs of the Tallinn Botanical Garden and scanned the slide collection of the Botanical Garden into a computer. Completing the collection of greenhouse plants (approx. 2000 taxa) and designing the first exposition was his life's work. His scientific work was mainly related to orchids, in which he successfully defended his candidate's degree in 1979. He has spoken at several global and European orchid conferences, and in 1980 he organized the first Soviet orchid conference in Tallinn. Published articles in European and American orchid magazines. He was an active promoter of his profession, wrote more than 100 articles, appeared many times on radio and television, and published popular science books. Among the foreign languages, Russian, Finnish, German and English were spoken. Research Field of research: growing tropical orchids under cover, growing houseplants. Under his guidance, one of the richest collections of greenhouse plants in the Baltics (about 2,000 taxa) was created in the Tallinn Botanical Garden and an exposition was designed. More than 100 references. (translated from Estonian Wikipedia article)
  • Ex Libris Rethy Istvan 3.25 x 5.75", affixed to black paper Pan worshiping a naked women holding a pitcher
  • Ex Libris MG 2.75 x 5", unknown origin naked women with pitcher
  • Ex Libris (signed) 4 x 5.5", unknown origin, purchased from a collection in Italy, signed by the artist naked women with books
  • Ex Libris J.K 3.5 x 5", unknown origin, purchased from a collection in Italy naked women, a lyre labeled "Sappho", cupid behind pillar.  Artist name written on back in pencil ("cangoo"?).
  • Ex Libris (name in Cyrillic) 4 x 3", unknown origin, purchased from a collection in Italy naked woman lying on her back, legs up, with bottle.  Artist name written on back in pencil (unintelligible).
  • Ex Libris H.E. McD, by Franz von Bayros 4 x 4.5" brown/black ink, previously pasted as evident by top part of back naked girl, animals, and child, presumably Ex libris for Horace E. McDonald Franz von Bayros (1866 – 1924) was an Austrian commercial artist, illustrator, and painter, now he is best known for his erotic work. He belonged to the Decadent movement in art, often utilizing erotic themes and phantasmagoric imagery. At the age 17, Bayros passed the entrance exam for the Vienna Academy with Eduard von Engerth. Bayros mixed in elegant society and soon belonged to the circle of friends of Johann Straub, whose step daughter Alice he married on 1896. The next year, Bayros moved to Munich. In 1904, Bayros gave his first exhibition in Munich, which was a great success. From 1904 until 1908, Bayros traveled to Paris and Italy for his studies. Typically, for an artist dealing with such imagery, von Bayros produced work under several pseudonyms, most notably Choisy Le Conin, and was hounded by authorities for much of his life for his “indecent” art often very imaginative, and including such taboo subjects as sadomasochism and bestiality. He became equally well-known for his masterly drawn figures of elegant modestly nude and non-nude women.
  • Ex Libris H.E. McD, by Franz von Bayros paper size 5.25 x 6.5", print size 4 x 4.5", red ink on japan paper (with watermark) naked girl, animals, and child, presumably Ex libris for Horace E. McDonald Franz von Bayros (1866 – 1924) was an Austrian commercial artist, illustrator, and painter, now he is best known for his erotic work. He belonged to the Decadent movement in art, often utilizing erotic themes and phantasmagoric imagery. At the age 17, Bayros passed the entrance exam for the Vienna Academy with Eduard von Engerth. Bayros mixed in elegant society and soon belonged to the circle of friends of Johann Straub, whose step daughter Alice he married on 1896. The next year, Bayros moved to Munich. In 1904, Bayros gave his first exhibition in Munich, which was a great success. From 1904 until 1908, Bayros traveled to Paris and Italy for his studies. Typically, for an artist dealing with such imagery, von Bayros produced work under several pseudonyms, most notably Choisy Le Conin, and was hounded by authorities for much of his life for his “indecent” art often very imaginative, and including such taboo subjects as sadomasochism and bestiality. He became equally well-known for his masterly drawn figures of elegant modestly nude and non-nude women.
  • Manual of Classical Erotology (de figuris Veneris) by Fred. Chas. Forberg, trans. Alcide Bonneau (Privately Printed for Viscount Julian Smithson M. A. and Friends [Charles Carrington], 1884, one of 100 copies) vol. 2 only, half-bound in tan vellum over marbled boards, spine is labeled "Carrington" who is the presumed publisher. Top edge gilt, other edges deckled, binding loose but holding. De figuris Veneris (On the figures of Venus) was an anthology of ancient Greek and ancient Roman writings on erotic topics, discussed objectively and classified and grouped by subject matter. It was first published by the German classicist Friedrich Karl Forberg in 1824 in Latin and Greek as a commentary to Antonio Beccadelli's (1394-1471) Hermaphroditus (commonly referred to as Antonii Panormitae Hermaphroditus), an erotic poem sequence of 1425 in renaissance Latin, though it was later also published as a separate work. First edition of this important parallel English, Latin and Greek version. This very rare edition was translated by Alcide Bonneau and published by Charles Carrington.  Each page has latin (and where appropriate, Greek) on the right side and the English translation on the left.  This is the second volume only and includes the following chapters: IV. —Of Masturbation V. —Of Cunnilingues VI. —Of Tribads VII. —Of Intercourse with Animals VIII. —Of Spintrian Postures (a list of 95 sexual positions) Considered the gold standard English translation of the time, this edition followed a poor piracy of 1882 badly translated from Liseux’s French edition of 1882. The name of the publisher is missing (most likely to avoid prosecution) and the limitation statement says 100 copies were "printed for Viscount Julian Smithson M. A., the Translator, and his Friends" and further states that "None of these Copies are for Sale" (also to avoid prosecution).  Through later statements (mostly by association) we know it was published by Charles Carrington and translated by Alcide Bonneau. Carrington, in his 1902 catalogue, Forbidden Books wrote (thus promoting the sale of his clandestinely published book): ‘Were I a bookseller, I do not think I should ever take the trouble to print such a book as I have now before me. Here is a Latin work, full of notes, and bristling with Greek quotations. A most careful and masterly translation has been placed opposite every page of the original text, and it needs no literary critic to see that no one but a real classical scholar—an old Oxford man—could ever have successfully struggled with such a task... The two stout volumes have evidently been printed on the Continent—and for very good and valid reasons, as no English printer would dare to undertake such a work,— therefore each page would have to be submitted to the translator, at least three or four times, foreign compositors working mechanically. Many months would thus pass in wearisome proof-reading, and when at last the hundred copies are struck off, and each man receives his due, what margin of profit awaits the silly bookseller-publisher? He is insulted in every way and laughed at if he dares to wonder that the British Customs seize any copies...’ In 1882 Forberg's work was translated into English and published by Charles Carrington as De figuris Veneris, Manual of classical erotology, and again in 1907 by Charles Hirsch, and into French, German and Spanish. The French edition by Alcide Bonneau was titled Manuel d’érotologie classique. One French edition of 1906 was illustrated by Édouard-Henri Avril, which concludes with a list of 95 sexual positions. Most of the editions were restricted to high society or censored; one of the copies edited in France was immediately deposited on the secret shelves of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
  • Russan Shell razor strop 23.5" x 2.5", leather strop with linen, leather has been trimmed at bottom, fair condition, nicks in leather  
  • Old Kremlin Por-o-Tan Brand Razor Strop 450 24" x 2.5", leather strop with linen, good condition for age, nice thick leather, markings faded.
  • Unknown strop 21" x 2.25", leather strop with linen, in rough shape, leather has numerous cuts to middle of leather.
  • Manual of Classical Erotology (De figuris veneris), Fred. Chas. Forberg (stated Julian Smithson M. A., and friends, 1884 [later pirated edition]) 9.25"x6.25", soft covers, xiii-248pp, poor+ condition, paper cover detached, internal pages holding. This is a pirated edition of the first known English translation of this work.  The original Julian Smithson edition was limited to 100 copies. De figuris Veneris (On the figures of Venus) was an anthology of ancient Greek and ancient Roman writings on erotic topics, discussed objectively and classified and grouped by subject matter. It was first published by the German classicist Friedrich Karl Forberg in 1824 in Latin and Greek as a commentary to Antonio Beccadelli's (1394-1471) Hermaphroditus (commonly referred to as Antonii Panormitae Hermaphroditus), an erotic poem sequence of 1425 in renaissance Latin, though it was later also published as a separate work. In 1899 Forberg's work was translated into English and published by Charles Carrington as De figuris Veneris, Manual of classical erotology, and again in 1907 by Charles Hirsch, and into French, German and Spanish. The French edition by Alcide Bonneau was titled Manuel d’érotologie classique. One French edition of 1906 was illustrated by Édouard-Henri Avril, which concludes with a list of 95 sexual positions. Most of the editions were restricted to high society or censored; one of the copies edited in France was immediately deposited on the secret shelves of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
  • Memoirs of Cardinal Dubois | A complete unabridged translation from the French by Ernest Dowson | Embellished with photogravure portraits of Cardinal Dubois and the Duc d'Orleans, together with twelve full page drawings by Lui Trugo (Privately Printed for Subscribers [Art Studio Press], New York, 1929, #264/1500) 9.75"x6.5", 2 volumes on hand laid paper, xvi-376pp, viii-349pp, black cloth with gilt titles and decorations, top-edge inked, others deckled, good condition bumped corners and a few scuff marks. Two different ex libris Alan K Dolliver bookplates inside front covers of both books. According to the publisher, the original manuscript which was written entirely in Dubois hand was stolen by his secretary Lavergne after his death in 1723. It was later discovered of its literary value that Lavergne attempted to sell the manuscript. He was found and arrested. They later fell into the hands of Comte de Maurepas, then upon his death they were passed on to an anonymous writer named Mercier (possibly M. Paul Laroix) whose family had it published in 1829. The manuscript then became lost. In 1899 and English version of the book translated by Ernest Christopher Dowson, was published by the notorious pornographer, Leonard Smithers & Co.  This is, presumably a reprinting of that translation. Guillaume Dubois (1656-1723), a son of a country doctor, rose from humble beginnings to positions of power and high honor in government and in the Catholic Church. He is best known for negotiating the Triple Alliance of 1717 between France, the Dutch Republic and Great Britain against their mutual enemy, Spain. Considered one of the four great French Cardinal-Ministers (Richelieu, Mazarin, Dubois, and Fleury). His ecclesiastical career left a great deal to be desired. Although there is no proof of the prevalent assertion that he got secretly married, his licentiousness, and notorious impiety, even at the time of his death, make it evident that he pursued and used ecclesiastical dignities principally to enhance his political position and prestige.  Eventually in 1721, Du Bois was created cardinal. He had the reputation of a libertine and adventurer and made plenty of enemies.  One of his rivals was charged at creating his portrait, the Duc de Saint-Simon, who was said to have placed a painting of Dubois in his lavatory.  Saint-Simon had this to say about the Cardinal: "He was a little, pitiful, wizened, herring-gutted man, in a flaxen wig, with a weasel's face, brightened by some intellect. All the vices - perfidy, avarice, debauchery, ambition, flattery - fought within him for the mastery. He was so consummate a liar that, when taken in the fact, he could brazenly deny it. Even his wit and knowledge of the world were spoiled, and his affected gaiety was touched with sadness, by the odour of falsehood which escaped through every pore of his body." This famous picture is certainly biased. Dubois was unscrupulous, but so were his contemporaries, and whatever vices he had, he forged a European peace that, with the exception of small, restrained military expeditions against the Austrian Habsburgs, would last for a quarter of a century.
  • Les dessous de la pudibonderie anglaise expliqués dans les divorces anglais, ou procès en adultère jugés par le banc du Roi et la Cour Ecclésiastique d'Angleterre [trans. The Basics of English Prudishness Explained in English Divorces, or Adultery Trial Judged by the King's Bench and the Ecclesiastical Court of England], anonymous [most like Carrington himself as editor/compiler], illustrations Jacques Wely (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1898, first edition) 7.5"x5", 2 volumes in one, xxiv-108, xxx-287-xii, quarter morocco over marbled boards, 4 raised bands, gilt titles and decoration on spine, marbled endpapers, great condition, previous owners name on title page, some bumping to corners. According to the British Library this is a compilation of entries from "Trials for Adultry" [Trials for Adultery: or, the History of Divorces. Being Select Trials at Doctors Commons, for Adultery, Cruelty, Fornication, Impotence, &c. From the Year 1760, to the present Time. Including the whole of the Evidence on each Cause. Together with The Letters, &c. that have been intercepted between the amorous Parties… Taken in Short-Hand , by a Civilian. London: Printed for S. Bladon, 1779-1780] which, as the full title suggests, is considered one of the Earliest of "The Genre of Pornographic Trial Reports". Also present are excerpts from some English plays. According to Yale, this compillation also "Contains case histories from: Crim. con. biography attributed to Francis Plowden." London, 1798.  Criminal conversation, commonly known as crim. con., is a tort arising from adultery, abolished in almost all jurisdictions. (Conversation is an old expression for sexual intercourse that is obsolete except as part of this term.) As far as we can tell, this is a book compiled and edited by Carrington.  Carrington himself was an Englishman, a Londoner who was married to a woman from France.  He published this book a few years after the couple left London and moved to Paris, presumably so he would have more freedom to publish books that London would have no doubt considered pornography.  This book is a case study of the prudishness of the English and it uses salacious material taken from various sources listed above to prove the point.
  • The Improved Magneto-Electric Machine for Nervous Diseases c. 1850, Hand-cranked apparatus mounted inside wooden box with directions for use printed on paper label affixed to inside surface of hinged lid; electric shock delivered to patient via two cylindrical metal handles (not included, replace with two nails) attached to cords joined to either side of box. Produces a very mild (safe) AC current.
  • Vintage Tesco ACADEMIC #1054 Drafting Tool Kit (incomplete, missing 2 pieces)
  • 2.25" x 2.75" Shackle Antique hand-forged iron shackles from a farm in Bulgaria.  They have been cleaned up and seasoned much like you'd season your cast iron skillet (repeatedly coated with oil and baked).  No key is needed as they lock using a puzzle design.
  • 2.5" x 3" Shackle with ring Antique hand-forged iron shackles from a farm in Bulgaria.  They have been cleaned up and seasoned much like you'd season your cast iron skillet (repeatedly coated with oil and baked).  No key is needed as they lock using a puzzle design.
  • 2.75" x 3.75" Shackle Antique hand-forged iron shackles from a farm in Bulgaria.  They have been cleaned up and seasoned much like you'd season your cast iron skillet (repeatedly coated with oil and baked).  No key is needed as they lock using a puzzle design.
  • 3" x 3.5" Shackle with ring Antique hand-forged iron shackles from a farm in Bulgaria.  They have been cleaned up and seasoned much like you'd season your cast iron skillet (repeatedly coated with oil and baked).  No key is needed as they lock using a puzzle design.
  • 3.5" x 3.25" Shackle Antique hand-forged iron shackles from a farm in Bulgaria.  They have been cleaned up and seasoned much like you'd season your cast iron skillet (repeatedly coated with oil and baked).  No key is needed as they lock using a puzzle design.
  • 3" x 3.5" Old Shackle with ring Antique hand-forged iron shackles from a farm in Bulgaria.  They have been cleaned up and seasoned much like you'd season your cast iron skillet (repeatedly coated with oil and baked).  No key is needed as they lock using a puzzle design.
  • 2.5" x 3" Old Shackle with ring Antique hand-forged iron shackles from a farm in Bulgaria.  They have been cleaned up and seasoned much like you'd season your cast iron skillet (repeatedly coated with oil and baked).  No key is needed as they lock using a puzzle design.
  • 3" x 3" Shackles (matched pair, no rings) Antique hand-forged iron shackles from a farm in Bulgaria.  They have been cleaned up and seasoned much like you'd season your cast iron skillet (repeatedly coated with oil and baked).  No key is needed as they lock using a puzzle design.
  • (2 x 2") + (2 3/4 x 3 1/4") Shackles (matched pair ankle/wrist) Antique hand-forged iron shackles from a farm in Bulgaria.  They have been cleaned up and seasoned much like you'd season your cast iron skillet (repeatedly coated with oil and baked).  No key is needed as they lock using a puzzle design.
  • 2" x 2.5" Shackles (matched pair) Antique hand-forged iron shackles from a farm in Bulgaria.  They have been cleaned up and seasoned much like you'd season your cast iron skillet (repeatedly coated with oil and baked).  No key is needed as they lock using a puzzle design.
  • 3" x 3" Shackle with ring Antique hand-forged iron shackles from a farm in Bulgaria.  They have been cleaned up and seasoned much like you'd season your cast iron skillet (repeatedly coated with oil and baked).  No key is needed as they lock using a puzzle design.
  • 3" x 3.5" Shackles (matched pair) Antique hand-forged iron shackles from a farm in Bulgaria.  They have been cleaned up and seasoned much like you'd season your cast iron skillet (repeatedly coated with oil and baked).  No key is needed as they lock using a puzzle design.
  • 15 1/4" wooden "thumper" (oak?)
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