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    Self and Sex Series: What a Young Girl Ought to Know; What a Young Woman Ought to Know; What a Young Wife Ought to Know; What a Woman of 45 Ought to Know, Mrs. Mary Wood-Allen, M.D., Mrs. Emma F. Angell Drake, M.D. (The John C. Winston Co., Philadelphia, PA., 1928, 1928, 1935, 1928) 7" x 5", 194pp 272pp 286pp 211pp, hardbound in blue cloth with original dust jackets. Includes a few post cards for a gift subscription to "Better Living, a periodical devoted to the cause of Healthful and clean manhood." Complete set of female "Self and Sex Series" books: "for our little daughter who now has the opportunity of hearing the story of life told by a loving mother"|"To the daughter dear, whose intimate and confidential companionship from childhood to womanhood has made it possible for the author to feel a sympathetic interest in the life problems of all girls"|"To the Young Wives Who Desire the Best for Themselves, for their Husbands and for their Offspring"|"for the woman of forty-five and beyond who desires to enter fittingly prepared into the period of middle life"
  • The Illustrated Fanny Hill, John Cleland, illustrated by Zevi Blum, introduction written by Erica Jong, designed by Herb Lubalin (The Erotic Artbook Society [Ralph Ginzburg], 1978, first edition thus, stated "NE PLUS EDITION") 12.5" X 10.5", 127pp, hardbound with DJ, very good condition, minor tears to dust jacket Written while the author was in debtor's prison in London and first published in 1748, Fanny Hill is considered the first original English prose pornography, and the first pornography to use the form of the novel. One of the most prosecuted and banned books in history, it has become a synonym for obscenity. Dust Jacket shows some wear but in good condition. This copy is an excellent and beautiful "legal" (meaning post-1966 Supreme Court Case) edition of Fanny Hill. It was published by Ralph Ginzburg (Eros Magazine, Fact Magazine, served 8 months of a 5 year prison term for obscenity). The illustrations are beautifully done and have a psychedelic feel to them.
  • My Secret Life, anonymous (Grove Press, Inc., New York, 1966 [first edition thus, first printing]) 9 1/4" X 6 1/4", 2 vol. 1291pp 1069pp [2nd vol. numbered 1291-2359], hardbound with dust jackets and slip case, good condition, good+ slip case and dust jackets, owner stamp John S. Jacox, New York My Secret Life, by "Walter", is the memoir of a Victorian gentleman's sexual development and experiences. Between approximately 1883 and 1895, someone, presumably an Englishman of means, had printed on the Continent an eleven-volume sexual autobiography limited, so he thought, to just six copies. Who the printer or publisher was has not been established with certainty but the most likely possibility is Auguste Brancart, a prolific publisher of erotica who began his career in the early 1880's in Bruxelles and toward the end of the decade moved to Amsterdam. Interestingly, the original title page of My Secret Life has 'Amsterdam. Not for Publication' on it but in the sub rosa world of erotica publishing such indications are to be taken with a pinch of salt. The scarcity of the first edition of My Secret Life has been overstated; it certainly is a rare book. More than six copies, as ordered, were undoubtedly run off. From the number that have reliably been reported to exist, the number appears to have been in the region of twenty to twenty-five sets. Aleister Crowley was supposed to have had one, as well as the silent film comedian Harold Lloyd and Joseph von Sternberg, Marlene Dietrich's director and one-time lover. Charles Reginald Dawes, the last great English collector of erotica, had two sets, one of which was destroyed the the British Customs and the other going eventually to the British Library in 1964. Lord Louis Mountbatten's brother, the 2nd marquess of Milford Haven, certainly possessed a copy for it exists currently in a fine London collection and contains his bookplate. There is a copy in Geneva, another in Hamburg and at least two in New York. Two attempts to publish a reprint in the United States in the 1930's failed due to police action. The first, which began about 1932, followed the original edition as to title and imprint and got as far as volume three before the project was shut down. A copy with 100 original water colors by Clara Tice was auctioned by Parke-Bernet at New York in 1971. A second attempt took place about two years later, with a single volume called Marital Frolics (London [New York or Philadelphia]: For Distribution by Subscription Only [c. 1934]). This constituted an abridgment of volume 5, and was illustrated with ten plates by 'Malay.' A copy was likewise auctioned by Parke-Bernet in the same sale. The Grove Press reprint of 1966 is the first complete edition to be openly available. It was prepared from an eleven-volume typescript made directly from the copy in Hamburg referred to above. All subsequent reprints stem, legally or otherwise, from this. Gershon Legman's Introduction to the Grove Press reprint is a mine of fascinating information, and includes a closely argued case for My Secret Life having been written by Henry Spencer Ashbee, the famous Victorian bibliographer and collector of erotica. The present compiler is unable to share this view, but thinks it likely that Ashbee was involved in seeing it through the press on behalf of somebody else. This book is often wrongly attributed to Frank Harris, through confusion with My Life and Loves, which is a similar (although not as explicit) account of Harris' life. A number of reprints followed the Grove Press edition, including one published by Brandon House of North Hollywood and Pendulum Books of Atlanta, Georgia and a complete French translation.
  • Blonde Wood Fid 12.5"x1.75", three bands around the top 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. The markings are made by the sailor who owned it, to distiguish it from the other sailors' fids.
  • 22 inch Hardwood Fid 22" X 3" 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.
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    Mutt and Jeff II, (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. This parodies "Mutt and Jeff", a long-running and widely popular American newspaper comic strip from 1907-1983
  • Dagwood in "The Facts of Life" / Boots, by Luke Armine (n.p., n.d.) 5" x 3.5", 8pp. double 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. This book is two books in one, featuring reprints of the originals printed on both sides of the paper. Flip the book over and it's a different book. "Boots and Her Buddies" was an American comic strip that ran from 1924 to 1969. Some newspapers presented the strip under the shortened title "Boots". The character of Boots was variously labeled the "Sweetheart of the Comics", the "Sweetheart of America" and "Everybody's Sweetheart".
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    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio, Giovanni Boccaccio, trans. Richard Aldington, illustrated by Rockwell Kent (Garden City Books, Garden City, NY, 1949 [date of illustrations]) 9 1/2" X 6 3/8", 562pp, hardbound with DJ protected by mylar, green boards with cream spine, great condition, "withdrawn" stamped on bottom edge and inside cover. This is the popular (at the time) Garden City edition.  Superb art deco color illustrations throughout by Rockwell Kent (famous illustrator of Moby Dick and others). The Decameron, (subtitled Prencipe Galeotto or Prince Galehaut), is a collection of novellas by the 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375). The book is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales told by a group of seven young women and three young men sheltering in a secluded villa just outside Florence to escape the Black Death, which was afflicting the city. To make their exile more pleasant each of the ten tells the others one story every day. The Decameron records the narratives of ten days -- 100 stories. Boccaccio probably conceived of The Decameron after the epidemic of 1348, and completed it by 1353. These tales run the entire range of human emotion: grief, love, humor, anger, revenge. Many are based on oral folklore. Boccaccio's ten narrators thus retell already familiar stories about errant priests, rascally husbands, and mischievous wives. Variants of these stories are known in many cultures, but no one formulates them more cleverly or relates them more eloquently than does Boccaccio. In addition to its literary value and widespread influence, it provides a document of life at the time. Written in the vernacular of the Florentine language, it is considered a masterpiece of classical early Italian prose.
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    Nell in Bridewell (Lenchen im Zuchthause) | description of the system of corporal punishment (flagellation) in the female prisons of south Germany up to the year 1848; a contribution to the history of manner, by W. Reinhard, trans. W.C. Costello Ph. D. and A. R. Allinson M. A. (Society of British Bibliophiles, Paris, 1900, one of 500, unnumbered, "Imprimerie A. -G. Lemale, Havre", first edition, first english translation) 8" X 5", xv+326pp, half red morocco on red boards, gilt title and decorations on spine and boards, 5 raised bands, minor bumping and rubbing, printed on hand-made Van Gelder paper, very good condition for age, price tag mark on front cover, a tear and some bumping, spine is creased, binding is still good, without accompanying illustrations. Originally published in Germany in 1840 (which calls into question the subtitle of the present volume).  Although the title suggests that this is a "study", this book is more of a narrative than a study.  It goes beyond the facts and delves into the minds of those who are doing the punishing and those who are being humiliated and punished. Publishers of these "flagellation novels" would often lesson their liability by representing their books as academic studies. Often they would go unnoticed by the larger community unaware of the erotic nature of such a book to a certain segment of the public. In this book, Nell describes in graphic terms the merciless floggings she witnessed of girls and young women, as well as of boys and men and confesses to disturbingly confusing emotions that such sights occasioned in her. She recalls the lustful expressions on the faces of the onlookers, records the fervent words of gratitude to the skillful flogger from the lips of grand ladies who "were only too delighted to see such girls whipped", and tells of the evidently sensual appetites such cruelties incited in the torturers.
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    The Psychopathy of Love | The Abuses, Abberrations, and Crimes of the Genital Sense | Done into English direct from the Original Manuscript of Dr. Jacobus X... French Army Surgeon, (Charles Carrington, Paris, nd. [1900 from Forward] #38/750) 6.5"x9.5", 543pp, silver cloth boards with black titles and decorations, deckled edges, good copy bumping to top and bottom of spine, binding is good. "The medico-legal enquiries prosecuted in the present volume I have sought to approach in a philosophic spirit. I have own I have not relied upon my observations only but quoted largely from the works of other medical men, it is because I deemed it important for them to share the responsibility of many statements and conclusions which I could have abundantly established by facts which have come under my personal cognisance." Contains chapters on onanism, exhibitionism, fetishism, necrophily, bestiality, sadism, and masochism. As with most of Jacobus's work (and Carrington's "scientific" publications for that matter), this book covers quite a bit of "sexual deviances" but tends to be more tantalizing than academic.
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    Norman Lindsay's Pen Drawings ("Published by Art In Australia Limited, Kyle House, Macquarie Place, Sydney, 1931) 9"x11.5", unpaginated, index page, 5 page article, frontispiece portrait of the artist, and a total of 64 full page plates, professionally bound into a pressboard pamphlet binder by Gaylord Bros, Inc., inside cover states "added to the library of Stanley Osowski ~ Oct. 26 1940 ~", numerous stamps with owner's Pawtucket, RI address, good+ condition, uniquely bound and preserved Norman Alfred William Lindsay (1879-1969) was an Australian artist, etcher, sculptor, writer, editorial cartoonist, scale modeller, and an accomplished amateur boxer. Lindsay is widely regarded as one of Australia's greatest artists, producing a vast body of work in different media, including pen drawing, etching, watercolour, oil and sculptures in concrete and bronze. His frank and sumptuous nudes were highly controversial. In 1940, his wife took sixteen crates of paintings, drawings and etchings to the U.S. to protect them from the war. Unfortunately, they were discovered when the train they were on caught fire. The pieces were impounded and subsequently burned as pornography by American officials.
  • Aubrey Beardsley | Lysistrata, facsimile prints (np,nd [c. 1967?]) 9 1/8" x 12", 8pp. [2 quarto pages printed in light purple ink on one side, folded, but not cut], soft cover, some bumping, rubbing, and wrinkling but good+ condition for age. Unable to find any information on this portfolio.  I assume it was printed in the US shortly after 1966 (when it became legal).  I also assume it was printed in light blue because photocopiers of the time (think big Xerox machines) interpreted light blue as white and therefore would not be able to reproduce these images. Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (1872-1898) was an English illustrator and author. He was the most controversial artist of the Art Nouveau era and a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler. His illustrations were in black and white and often emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. Some of his drawings, inspired by Japanese shunga woodcuts, featured enormous genitalia. His most famous erotic illustrations concerned themes of history and mythology; these include his illustrations for a privately printed edition of Aristophanes' Lysistrata, and his drawings for Oscar Wilde's play Salome. Beardsley's contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis at age 25. Beardsley was a public as well as private eccentric. He said, "I have one aim—the grotesque. If I am not grotesque I am nothing." Wilde said he had "a face like a silver hatchet, and grass green hair." Beardsley was meticulous about his attire: dove-grey suits, hats, ties; yellow gloves. He would appear at his publisher's in a morning coat and patent leather pumps. In 1897, a year before his death Beardsley converted to Roman Catholicism and subsequently begged his publishers (in vain) to “destroy all copies of Lysistrata and bad drawings... by all that is holy all obscene drawings."
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    Fanny Hill engraving This engraving came from someone's private collection.  The rest of the prints I have from this estate are also from various editions of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.  I am unclear which edition they come from.  Judging by the hand laid paper and the style of engraving I would estimate it is from around the turn of the century or earlier.
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    Fanny Hill engraving This engraving came from someone's private collection.  The rest of the prints I have from this estate are also from various editions of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.  I am unclear which edition they come from.  Judging by the hand laid paper and the style of engraving I would estimate it is from around the turn of the century or earlier.  There is a faint secondary image at the bottom of this engraving.
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    Thais

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    Thais, Anatole France, trans. Robert B. Douglas, illus. by Martin van Maële (Charles Carrington, London, 1901 [first english translation, first edition, limited edition, one of 500]) 6"x9", x+304pp, hardbound, blue moire silk boards with blind stamped borders, gilt titles on spine, deckled edges, Van Gelder hand-made paper, beautiful tipped-in illustrations protected by tissue guard and printed in combination of black & brown ink, good condition, bumping to corners, some sunning to spine, slight foxing to prelims, interior pages clean Thaïs is a novel by French writer Anatole France, published in 1890 and considered one of his best works. It is based on events in the life of Saint Thaïs of Egypt, a legendary convert to Christianity who is said to have lived in the 4th century. In the story, Paphnuce, an ascetic hermit of the Egyptian desert, journeys to Alexandria to find Thais, the libertine beauty whom he knew as a youth. Masquerading as a dandy, he is able to speak with her about eternity; surprisingly he succeeds in converting her to Christianity. Yet on their return to the desert he becomes fascinated with her former life. She enters a convent to repent of her sins. He cannot forget the pull of her famous beauty, and becomes confused about the values of life. Later, as she is dying and can only see heaven opening before her, he comes to her side and tells her that her faith is an illusion, and that he loves her. Anatole France (François-Anatole Thibault 1844-1924) was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was a member of the Académie française, and won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament". France is also widely believed to be the model for narrator Marcel's literary idol Bergotte in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. Maurice François Alfred Martin van Miële (1863-5 - 1926), better known by his pseudonym Martin van Maële, was a French illustrator of early 20th century literature. Though he gained notoriety with his illustration for H. G. Wells in Les Premiers Hommes dans la Lune, and he worked as an illustrator for the Félix Juven's French translations of the Sherlock Holmes series, he is now most widely renowned and mostly remembered for his erotic illustrations.