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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.

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 (Bosch@formysir.com)

  • "Devils would often lay hold of men and flog them", artist unknown Print from: Flagellation & the Flagellants. A History of the Rod in All Countries from the earliest period to the present time The Rev. Wm. M. Cooper, B.A. [James Glass Bertram] (John Camden Hotten, London, n.d. [1869] (first edition)) Image: 5.5" x 9", high-resolution ink-jet print Paper: 8.5" x 11", your choice of 65lb White or 67lb Ivory Parchment
  • "Killer" Burke in "Out", (n.p. n.d.) 4.5" x 3", 8pp. pamphlet, stapled Tijuana bibles (also known as eight-pagers, bluesies, gray-backs, Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, Tillie-and-Mac books, and two-by-fours) were little pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s.
  • "School in the Last Centuary" by George Grushank Print from: Flagellation & the Flagellants. A History of the Rod in All Countries from the earliest period to the present time The Rev. Wm. M. Cooper, B.A. [James Glass Bertram] (John Camden Hotten, London, n.d. [1869] (first edition)) Image: 10" x 7", high-resolution ink-jet print Paper: 11" x 8.5", your choice of 65lb White or 67lb Ivory Parchment
  • Boy with whip "'Tis sweet to love but oh how bitter; To love a girl and then not get her" postcard, writing on the back
  • 1601 A Tudor Fireside Conversation As Written by the Ingenuous, Virtuous and learned Mark Twain, wit., Embellished by the worthy Alan Odle, Mark Twain, illustrations Alan Odle (Land's End Press, USA, 1969, stated "At London, Printed for Subscribers Only and are to be sold at ye beare Back-Side in Maiden Lane") 12 1/2" X 9 1/2", 24pp (unpaginated), hardbound with dust jacket, blue boards with blue titles, pages, pages printed in such a way that the lower edge is uncut (six folded sheets of paper printed on one side, making up 4 pages) [Date: 1601.] Conversation, as it was the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors is the title of a humorous work by Mark Twain, first published anonymously in 1880. Edward Wagenknecht once referred to it as "the most famous piece of pornography in American literature." Its content is irreverent and vulgar rather than obscene, and its purpose seems to be comedic shock rather than erotic arousal. It would thus qualify as ribaldry rather than pornography. Twain wrote 1601 during the summer of 1876 (between writing Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn), for the amusement of his closest friend, Reverend Joseph Twichell, 1601 was later first published by another friend, John Hay, who later became Secretary of State. The work circulated among printers (due to it's often archaic type font) and many small batches were printed, however the authorship of the work remained unverified until Twain finally acknowledged he wrote it in 1906.
  • "1601" or conversation as it was at the fireside in the time of the tudors and sketches old and new by Samuel L. Clemens, Mark Twain, Preface by Samuel Roth (The Golden Hind Press Inc., New York, 1933) 9 1/8" X 6 1/8", 204pp, hardbound no DJ, red cloth boards with gilt decorations and title, lfair condition, boards loose but intact, binding intact, fading on boards and spine [Date: 1601.] Conversation, as it was the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors is the title of a humorous work by Mark Twain, first published anonymously in 1880. Edward Wagenknecht once referred to it as "the most famous piece of pornography in American literature." Its content is irreverent and vulgar rather than obscene, and its purpose seems to be comedic shock rather than erotic arousal. It would thus qualify as ribaldry rather than pornography. Twain wrote 1601 during the summer of 1876 (between writing Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn), for the amusement of his closest friend, Reverend Joseph Twichell, 1601 was later first published by another friend, John Hay, who later became Secretary of State. The work circulated among printers (due to it's often archaic type font) and many small batches were printed, however the authorship of the work remained unverified until Twain finally acknowledged he wrote it in 1906. This book contains 1601 and numerous sketches previously published as "Sketches Old and New"
  • 1601 or Conversation at the social fireside as it was in the time of the tudors, Mark Twain (Privately Printed in New York City, 1927) 6 3/4" X 4 1/2", 33pp (unpaginated), hardbound with glassine dust jacket, decorated boards and orange spine, decorated end papers, deckle pages, very good condition, original glassine dust jacket, some pages remain uncut, presumably designed by Earl Emmons (or a close copy of that one). [Date: 1601.] Conversation, as it was the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors is the title of a humorous work by Mark Twain, first published anonymously in 1880. Edward Wagenknecht once referred to it as "the most famous piece of pornography in American literature." Its content is irreverent and vulgar rather than obscene, and its purpose seems to be comedic shock rather than erotic arousal. It would thus qualify as ribaldry rather than pornography. Twain wrote 1601 during the summer of 1876 (between writing Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn), for the amusement of his closest friend, Reverend Joseph Twichell, 1601 was later first published by another friend, John Hay, who later became Secretary of State. The work circulated among printers (due to it's often archaic type font) and many small batches were printed, however the authorship of the work remained unverified until Twain finally acknowledged he wrote it in 1906.
  • 22 inch Hardwood Fid (cherry?) 22" X 3.75" c.1800. A fid is a conical tool made of wood or bone. It is used to work with rope and canvas in seamanship. A fid is used to hold open knots and holes in canvas or to open the "lays", or strands of rope, for splicing.
  • anonymous (Hearton Publishing Co., Hartsville, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, very pornographic photos, stated "Illustrated from Life"
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    7 Deadly Sins Postcards, 7 postcards illustrated by Marcel Jeanjean from c. 1950 Marcel Jeanjean (1893-1973) was a notable french illustrator who made his first illustrations during WWI for a humorous newspaper, Le Canard poilu [The Hairy Duck]. He is most associated with his love of aviation, which is apparent in much of his work. These are humourous postcards drawn by him illustrating the 7 deadly sins, La Gourmandise, L'Orgueil, La Paresse, L'Envie, laColere, La Luscure, L'Avarice [Gluttony, Pride, Sloth, Envy, Wrath, Lust, Greed]. A full set in good condition.  
  • A Complete Encyclopaedia of the Sexual Sciences, Dr. Iwan Bloch, trans Dr. M. Eden Paul (Falstaff Press, New York, 1937) 8.75" X 5.75", xxx+790pp, hardbound, no DJ, decorative red cloth with gilt lettering and decorations. The 30 pages of the preface printed in black with red decorations (mostly praise of the book and the author by various people including Dr. Bloch). Good condition, corners bumped, some fading/spotting on cover and spine, binding very good. "The author's aim in writing this book was to write a complete Encyclopaedia on the sexual sciences, and it will probably be acknowledged by all who study its pages that the author has accomplished his intention in a very scholarly manner, and in such form as to be of great value to the professions for whom this translation is intended. The subject is no doubt one which appeals to and affects the interests of all adult persons, but the publishers have, after very serious and careful consideration, come to the conclusion that the sale of the English translation of the book shall be limited to members of the legal and medical professions." -from Publisher's Note
  • A Complete Encyclopaedia of the Sexual Sciences, Dr. Iwan Bloch, trans Dr. M. Eden Paul (Falstaff Press, New York, 1937) 8.75" X 5.75", xxx+790pp, hardbound, no DJ, decorative blue cloth with gilt lettering and decorations. The 30 pages of the preface printed in black with red decorations (mostly praise of the book and the author by various people including Dr. Bloch). Fair condition, some soiling and water staining, boards strained but holding. "The author's aim in writing this book was to write a complete Encyclopaedia on the sexual sciences, and it will probably be acknowledged by all who study its pages that the author has accomplished his intention in a very scholarly manner, and in such form as to be of great value to the professions for whom this translation is intended. The subject is no doubt one which appeals to and affects the interests of all adult persons, but the publishers have, after very serious and careful consideration, come to the conclusion that the sale of the English translation of the book shall be limited to members of the legal and medical professions." -from Publisher's Note
  • A Night of Cleopatra, Théophile Gautier, illus. Paul Avril, preface by Anatole France (Société des Beaux Arts, Paris, nd.[c.1895]) 6.5"x10.25", xxiv+113pp, red boards with paper title on spine, top edge gilt, others deckled, tissue guards protect numerous illustrations by Paul Avril throughout within text and fullpage, frontispiece in color, good+ condition, stain at bottom of preface pages One of Cleopatra's Nights (Une nuit de Cléopâtre) is a historical short story by the French writer Théophile Gautier, (Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier 1811-1872), a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art and literary critic.  It was first published as a six-part serial from November 29-December 6 1838 in La Presse. It relates an imagined romantic incident in the life of the Ptolemaic queen of Egypt, Cleopatra VII. Cleopatra crosses the Nile to her summer palace in her royal cange. She confesses to her slave Charmion to a horrible ennui. She is oppressed by the thought of the Egypt she rules and all its ancient, preserved dead; only love can redeem it for her. Later Meïamoun, a hopeless admirer of the queen who has intrigued her with an arrow-borne declaration of love, is caught spying on her in the bath. In a capricious leniency, Cleopatra treats him to one night of love, hosting an orgiastic banquet in his company and even dancing before him. With the morning comes a cup of poison, which he willingly takes to drink. She stays his hand, only to be distracted by a clarion heralding the arrival of Mark Antony. At this signal Meïamoun says "You see the moment has come: it is daybreak; it is the hour when happy dreams take flight." He drinks and falls dead, and Cleopatra lets fall a single teardrop, the only one she has ever shed. Antony arrives and asks meaning of the corpse; it is only a poison she was testing, she tells him, and bids him sit beside her to watch the dancers. Édouard-Henri Avril (1849-1928) used the pseudonym "Paul Avril" for his erotic work. He was a French painter and commercial artist. His career saw collaboration with influential people like Octave Uzanne, Henry Spencer Ashbee and Friedrich Karl Forberg. He is one of the most celebrated erotic artists of his age. Avril was a soldier before starting his career in art. He was awarded with the Legion of Honour for his actions in the Franco-Prussian War.
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    A Private Anthropological Cabinet | of | 500 Authentic Racial Esoteric Photographs and Illustrations | after the originals from Scientific Explorations, Field Studies and Museum Archives, Collected, Annotated, Arranged by the Anthropologist Robert Meadows, Translator of "The Erotikon" ("Privately Issued for Mature Subscribers Only", Falstaff Press, Inc., New York, 1934, [first printing, #910/1500]) 9 7/8" X 6 5/8", unnumbered pages, hardbound no DJ, boards decorated light orangish-tan with cream spine with gilt figures and lettering, 3 deckle edges, top edge trimmed. Fair condition corners bumped, bottom of spine chipped Portraying intimate rites and customs, racial types of beauty, phenomena of childbirth, freaks, ethnic mutilations, and many other curiosities of the erotic life of savages and civilized races of mankind. [for everyone who secretly searched their parent's copy of National Geographic for it's most salacious content]
  • A Spahi's Love-Story, Pierre Loti [pseud. Julien Viaud], illus. Robert Dean, illus. Gaston Trilleau (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1907, #153/1000) 9" x 5.75", 330pp, hardbound, yellow cloth and batik design paper over boards, tipped-in color frontispiece. Deckled edges, top edge gilt. good condition, bumped corners. Julien Viaud (1850-1923) was a French novelist and naval officer. This his third novel (originally titled "Le Roman d'un Spahi"), was originally published in 1881. It recounts the tragic story in the dark middle ages of a Turkish soldier, who fell in love with a woman from a far away culture with a very different background. Color frontispiece by Robert Dean tipped in and six etchings by Gaston Trilleau throughout the book.
  • A Spahi's Love-Story, Pierre Loti [pseud. Julien Viaud], illus. Robert Dean, illus. Gaston Trilleau (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1907, #219/1000) 9" x 5.75", 330pp, hardbound, yellow cloth and batik design paper over boards, tipped-in color frontispiece. Deckled edges, top edge gilt. fair condition, bumped corners and worn edges, binding and boards are loose but holding, binding slightly cocked. Julien Viaud (1850-1923) was a French novelist and naval officer. This his third novel (originally titled "Le Roman d'un Spahi"), was originally published in 1881. It recounts the tragic story in the dark middle ages of a Turkish soldier, who fell in love with a woman from a far away culture with a very different background. Color frontispiece by Robert Dean tipped in and six etchings by Gaston Trilleau throughout the book.
  • Acting in Private "An Old Old Story", (The London Press, London England, n.d.) 4.5" x 3.5", 8pp. pamphlet, stapled Tijuana bibles (also known as eight-pagers, bluesies, gray-backs, Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, Tillie-and-Mac books, and two-by-fours) were little pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s.
  • Acting in Private "An Old Old Story", (The London Press, London England, n.d.) 4.5" x 3.5", 8pp. pamphlet, stapled Tijuana bibles (also known as eight-pagers, bluesies, gray-backs, Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, Tillie-and-Mac books, and two-by-fours) were little pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s.
  • Ah Loves 'ya 'Deer'", (np. nd.) 4.5" x 3", 8pp., pamphlet, stapled and taped Tijuana bibles (also known as eight-pagers, bluesies, gray-backs, Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, Tillie-and-Mac books, and two-by-fours) were little pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s.
  • Alosie, ou Les Amours de Mme. de M. T. P. | Avec une notice historique sur Pierre Corneille Blessebois par Marc de Montifaud et Une très-belle eau-forte, Marc de Montifaud [pseud. Marie-Amélie Chartroule, Mme Quivogne de Montifaud] (Comité de Bibliophiles, London, 1880 [131/500 printed on Holland paper]) 7.5" x 5.25", 104pp, hardbound 1/2 leather, marbled boards and endpapers, gilt decorationson spine and leather corners, five raised bands on spine. Top edge gilt. Frontispiece engraving. #131 of 300 on Holland paper. Great condition for age. Initials "P.G." above frontispiece. Mme Quivogne de Montifaud (1845-50 to 1912/13) french writer and "free-thinker". She often dressed as her male pseudonym Marc de Montifaud. This book (published in London in 1880) is a reprint of part of the larger 17th century erotic work, "Amours des dames illustres de nostre siècle" (Loves of Illustrious Ladies of our Century) with an essay where Montifaud tries to unravel the authorship (usually the work is attributed to Pierre Corneille Blessebois). The author changes the original name to reflect that this is an autobiography of Madame de Montespan, the notorius mistress of Louis XIV. When originally published in Holland in 1878 (as "Lupanie, histoire amoureuse de ce temps") a court in Seine called it a moral outrage describing "licentious scenes on almost every page; told in a style revoltingly obscene". For publishing this book Montifaud was sentenced to 8 days in jail and fined 500 francs and ordered all copies of the book destroyed. The publisher was also fined 500 francs. This is a rare copy of a rare book in it's original "publishers leather".