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  • anonymous (Contemporary Press, Paris, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4.25", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, very pornographic photos, stated "Illustrated from Life"
  • anonymous (Hearton Publishing Co., Hartsville, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, very pornographic photos, stated "Illustrated from Life"
  • anonymous (Hearton Publishing Co., Hartsville, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, very pornographic photos, stated "Illustrated from Life"
  • Viola

    $30.00
    anonymous (Paris, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, illustrated with pornographic photos
  • anonymous (Paris, France, nd.) 5" X 4", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, illustrated with pornographic photos
  • anonymous (Paris, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4.25", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, illustrated with pornographic photos
  • anonymous (Paris, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4.25", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, illustrated with pornographic photos
  • anonymous (Paris, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4.25", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, illustrated with pornographic photos
  • anonymous (Paris, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4.25", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, illustrated with pornographic photos
  • anonymous (Paris, France, nd.) 5.25" X 4", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, illustrated with pornographic photos
  • anonymous (Paris, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4.25", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, illustrated with pornographic photos
  • Memoirs

    $45.00
    anonymous (Paris, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4.25", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, illustrated with pornographic photos
  • Percy

    $35.00
    anonymous (Paris, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4.25", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, illustrated with pornographic photos
  • anonymous (Paris, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4.25", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, illustrated with pornographic photos
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    The Complete Works of Gaius Petronius: Done into English by Jack Lindsay, with One Hundred Illustrations by Norman Lindsay: Comprising The Satyricon and Poems, Gaius Petronius, trans. & illust. Jack Lindsay (Rarity Press, New York, 1932) 9.5" X 6.5", 183pp, Hardcover no DJ, red cloth boards, botton and fore edges deckled. Good condition for age, a fading on spine, silver gilt lettering and decorations Satyricon is a work of fiction in a mixture of prose and poetry believed to have been written by Gaius Petronius. The surviving portions of the text detail the misadventures of the narrator, Encolpius, and his lover, a handsome sixteen-year-old boy named Giton. This edition also contains selected poems by Petronius.
  • Unusual Sex Practices, Porter Davis (Mental Health Press, New York, 1951) 8.5" X 5.25, 64pp, soft-cover pamphlet, good condition for age Contents: The Origin of Chastity, Mohammedan Sex Rules, Immaculate Conceptions, Mutilation of the Sex Organs, Restrictions on Intercourse, Transvestitism among Holy Men, Sex Lives of Priestesses, Menstruation and the Moon, Women and Serpents, Odd Marriage Customs, Religious Prostitution, Ancient Sex Beliefs
  • Ovid Travestie: A Burlesque upon Ovid's Epistles, Captain Alexander Radcliffe, of Grays-Inn (Private Reprint, 1889 [Smithers/Nichols Erotica Biblion Society?] #220/250) 8.75" X 5.5", 102pp, hardbound with plain black boards, pages untrimmed. Very good condition. Reprint of an obscene parody of Ovid, first published in 1680, with 17th-century English characters substituted for Ovid's Romans. 'That it merits a place in every collector's library is undisputed, its singularly easy strain of wit and ludicrous parody of Ovid's famed Heroides, shewing Capt. Radcliffe to possess not only an intimate knowledge of Ovid's manner, but a graphic power of turning to ridicule his author's most poetic flights.' So says the introduction, adding that nonetheless it 'is not a volume fitted for the ordinary bookshelf'. "The present reprint is made verbatim from the fourth and complete edition (A.D. 1705)." Alfred Rose (Registrum Librorum Eroticorum, entry no. 3380), lists an edition with the same date and limitation as the present edition, but with the impress of the Smithers/Nichols Erotica Biblion Society."
  • none stated [Marie-Jeanne Riccoboni] (Na Impressão regia, vende se em casa de [sold in the house of] João Nunes Esteves, Lisboa, 1817) 6" x 3.75", 236pp, hardbound, quarter-leather with marbled paper boards. Gilt decorations and title on spine. Good condition for it's age, front boards cracked from spine but holding, edges worn, corners bumped, binding very good.
  • The Private Life of Frank Harris, Samuel Roth (William Faro, Inc., New York, 1931) 9.25" X 6.25", 325pp. Hardback no DJ, grey cloth with paper title on spine, decorated end papers. Samuel Roth (1893-1974) was an American publisher and writer. He was the plaintiff in Roth v. United States (1957), which was a key Supreme Court ruling on freedom of sexual expression. He was also repeatedly convicted for publishing and distributing obscene material. Frank Harris (1856-1931) was an editor, journalist and publisher. Though he attracted much attention during his life for his irascible, aggressive personality, editorship of famous periodicals, and friendship with the talented and famous, he is remembered mainly for his multiple-volume memoir My Life and Loves, which was banned in countries around the world for its sexual explicitness.
  • With Rod and Whip: A History of Flagellation Among Different Nations, unknown (The Medical Publishing Co., 1903) 8.5" X 5.5", 118pp. Hardbound no DJ, tan cloth boards. Good condition. This content of this book looks to be heavily borrowed from "Flagellation & the Flagellants. A History of the Rod in All Countries from the earliest period to the present time" by Bertram, 1869. Many of the illustrations from that book also appear in this book.
  • How to Attain and Practice the Ideal Sex Life, Dr. J. Rutgers (Cadillac Publishing Co., New York, 1940) 8 1/4" X 5 5/8", 320pp, hardbound, tan cloth boards, with DJ, good condition, light wearing & bumping, some tears on dust jacket, binding tight This book is a translation by Norman Haire, CH.M., M.B., from 'Das Sexualleben in seiner biologischen Bedeutung'. It is intended for circulation only among mature persons, twenty-one years of age or over. It is subtitled: Ideal Sex and Love Relations for Every Married Man and Woman. Part I. Anatomy and Functions of Sex Organs in Man and Woman, Part II. Sex Health and the Perfect Sex Act, Part III. Modern Methods of Sexual Control, Part IV. Evolutionary Development of all Forms and Modes of Love into the Complex Sexual Relations in Modern Ideal Marriage, Part V. Modern Art of Love. Best Techniques for it's Performance in Ideal Marriage by all Ages and Types of Men and Women, Part VI. Healthier Sex Relations and Techniques [Note: This book contains many outdated ideas. Many of it's ideas about sexual perversion and homosexuality are, thankfully, obsolete.]
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    Sappho: memoir, text, selected renderings, and a literal translation by Henry Thorton Wharton, Sappho, trans. Henry Thornton Wharton, M.A. Oxon. (John Lane [Bodley Head], London, A.C. McClurg & Co, Chicago, 1895 (third edition)) 7.25" X 4.75", xx 217pp + 16pp publisher's list, hardbound, the third edition (this being the first to have its boards decorated by Aubrey Beardsley) green cloth boards with gilt decorations and titles on spine, bottom of the spine states "The Bodley Head and Chicago" reflecting the two publishing houses, top edge gilt, others deckled. Good condition for age, short tear on spine, binding and hinges good, newspaper article attached to back page "A Newly-Found Poem by Sappho" Sappho was a Greek lyric poet, born on the island of Lesbos. The Alexandrians included her in the list of nine lyric poets. Her birth was sometime between 630 and 612 BC, and it is said that she died around 570 BC, but little is known for certain about her life. The bulk of her poetry, which was well-known and greatly admired through much of antiquity, has been lost. But, her immense reputation has endured through surviving fragments. Sappho's poetry centers on passion and love for various people and both sexes. The word lesbian derives from the name of the island of her birth, Lesbos, while her name is also the origin of the word sapphic; neither word was applied to female homosexuality until the 19th century, after this translation by Wharton, the first English translation to acknowledge it. Originally John Lane and Elkin Mathews — The Bodley Head was a partnership set up in 1887 by John Lane (1854–1925) and Elkin Mathews (1851–1921), to trade in antiquarian books in London. It took its name from a bust of Sir Thomas Bodley, the eponymist of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, above the shop door. Lane and Mathews began in 1894 to publish works of ‘stylish decadence’, including the notorious literary periodical The Yellow Book. A. C. McClurg was a Chicago, Illinois based publisher made famous by their original publishing of the Tarzan of the Apes novels and other stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  • Poesies de Anacréon et de Sapho, Sapho, trans. M. de La Roche-Aymon, illus. Paul Avril (A. Quantin, Paris, 1882) 5.75" X 3.75", 111pp, in original soft covers protected by a glassine wraps, good condition, some foxing Sappho was a Greek lyric poet, born on the island of Lesbos. The Alexandrians included her in the list of nine lyric poets. Her birth was sometime between 630 and 612 BC, and it is said that she died around 570 BC, but little is known for certain about her life. The bulk of her poetry, which was well-known and greatly admired through much of antiquity, has been lost. But, her immense reputation has endured through surviving fragments. Anacreon (582 BC _ 485 BC) was a Greek lyric poet, notable for his drinking songs and hymns. Later Greeks included him in the canonical list of nine lyric poets. ƒdouard-Henri Avril (1849-1928) was a French painter and commercial artist. Under the pseudonym Paul Avril, he was an illustrator of erotic literature. 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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    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"
  • Nouvelles, Boris Smirnoff (Imprimerie Zimmermann, 1971) 9.75" x 7.75, soft cover, cover is black velvet, cover is loose, title page is unattached but the rest of the binding is holding. I do not find much mention of this book elsewhere. Very little is known to me about this book. I was able to find that Boris Smirnoff (1894 _ 1976), was born in Russia and settle in France following the "pogroms" of 1917. He was trained in the studio of Lucien Simon and attended the l'Ecole de Beaux-arts in Paris. He exhibited in Paris, London, Lisbon, New York, Stockholm, Bern, Geneva, Cairo, Palermo, Rome, Nice and Cannes and lived for most of his life in Cagnes-sur-Mer in the Alpes Maritimes. His works are held in museums throughout the world. These are erotic stories with illustrations by the author published in 1971.
  • Selections from the Poetical Works of A. C. Swinburne, from the latest English edition of his works., A. C. Swinburne, ed. R. H. Stoddard (Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York, 1884 [first edition, thus.]) 7.5" x 5", xxii, 634pp, Hardcover, raised and gilted blue cloth decorated binding. Gilt edges internal pages framed in red lines. Good condition, bumped and worn corners and spine. Binding tight. Signed by previous owner "Ray E. Searls 1900" Swinburne was an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. Considered a decadent poet, although Swinburne perhaps professed to more vice than he actually indulged in; Oscar Wilde stated that Swinburne was "a braggart in matters of vice, who had done everything he could to convince his fellow citizens of his homosexuality and bestiality without being in the slightest degree a homosexual or a bestializer." He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in every year from 1903 to 1907 and again in 1909.
  • Les Facetieuses Nuits de Straparole, Giovanni Francesco Straparola, trans. Jean Louveau, illus. L_on Lebègue. Preface by Jules de Marthold (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1907 #127/800) 9.5" X 6.25", 2 vol. lxxxvii+312pp. vi+371pp. 3/4 leather 5 raised bands on spine gilt lettering (mostly worn off), marbled endpapers, gilted top-edge(worn off) others deckled. Many color illustrations. Internal pages and binding good condition, boards in very poor condition, leather is chipping off on spine. The Facetious Nights of Straparola (1550-1555; Italian: Le piacevoli notti), also known as The Nights of Straparola, is a two-volume collection of 75 stories by Italian author and fairy-tale collector Giovanni Francesco Straparola(c.1480-c.1557). Modelled after Bocaccio's Decameron, it has participants of a 13-night party in the island of Murano, near Venice, tell each other stories that vary from bawdy to fantastic. It contains the first known written versions of many fairy tales. It would influence later fairy-tale authors like Charles Perrault and Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. This book is a very rare and famous (and famously illustrated) edition. Don't let the condition of the spine and boards take from the good condition of the internal pages and beautiful color illustrations.
  • My Uncle Barbassou, Mario Uchard, Paul Avril (illust.) (Vizetelly & Co., London, 1888) 10.25" X 6.5", 339pp., hardbound, blue cloth boards with gilt and black titles and decorations on spine and front cover. Deckled edges. Good condition for age, boards and binding sound, illustrations throughout. Originally published in 4 parts in 1876, "Mon Oncle Barbassou" is a story of a man who inherits his uncle's estate which includes a newly purchased harem of 3 young girls. This novel is a prime example of the French "Orientalists" of the late 1800's. Scandalous for the age, but mild by today's standards, this book is the first English translation. The first English translation from the "Mon Oncle Barbassou" published in 1877. 40 beautiful engravings by Paul Avril. 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.
  • Mon Oncle Barbassou, Mario Uchard, illust. Paul Avril (J. Lemonnyer, Paris, 1884 [#394/1000, one of only 225 printed on Holland Paper]) 10" X 6.5", 311pp., hardbound in 3/4 dark blue morocco leather with gilt titles and decorations on spine with 5 raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt others deckled. First Illustrated Edition with many beautiful engravings by Paul Avril throughout. Some very slight wear to leather and boards, otherwise a very good+ copy overall clean, bright and structurally sound. #394/1000, one of only 275 in Holland Paper. Originally published in 4 parts in 1876, My Uncle Barbassou is a story of a man who inherits his uncle's estate which includes a newly purchased harem of 3 young girls. This novel is a prime example of the French "Orientalists" of the late 1800's. Scandalous for the age, but mild by today's standards, this book is in the original french. This is a beautifully bound copy of the First Illustrated Edition with plates by Paul Avril. 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.
  • Mon Oncle Barbassou, Mario Uchard (Paul Ollendorff, ƒditeur, Paris, 1894, stated "Nouvelle Edition") 7.25" x 4.75", 405pp., hardbound, quarter leather, 4 raised bands on spine, title in gilt on red. Good condition for age, pages yellowing. Originally published in 4 parts in 1876, "Mon Oncle Barbassou" is a story of a man who inherits his uncle's estate which includes a newly purchased harem of 3 young girls. This novel is a prime example of the French "Orientalists" of the late 1800's. Scandalous for the age, but mild by today's standards, this book is in the original french.
  • My Friendship with Oscar Wilde, Lord Alfred Douglas (Coventry House, New York, 1932) 9.25" X 6.25", 307pp., hardbound, no DJ, frontis + 5 plates, blue cloth boards, paper label to spine, title page in black and green. "American Edition" revised and corrected from 1929 version with preface by author. Good condition, binding loose, but holding, spine and boards slightly faded, corners bumped. This is the renamed "American Edition" of the UK book, "The Autobiography of Lord Alfred Douglas". Both books are equally rare and hard to find. From the publisher: "Like most of Wilde's adherents, Douglas possesses a charming simplicity; an expected naiveté for one whose life has been so filled with the hates and prejudices of a bigoted society. Having become involved with Wilde at a very tender age, he remained loyal even after his more mature mind advised that such a union would prove exceedingly detrimental in more ways than one. In My Friendship with Oscar Wilde, he describes the wierd [sic] fascination which he exerted over the older man. It is his contention that their companionship and affection was the outgrowth of circumstances, and that a really close relationship between them existed for only a short while. This book comprises a confession -- one of the most interesting confessions of a great man of letters of our time."
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    The Story of a Virgin, anonymous (np, stated "Paris-1899") 5.25" x 4.25", 16pp, pamphlet, some minor foxing on edges of cover. Clandestine and explicit erotic novella set on a US southern plantation with an incest and interracial sex. An exceptionally rare piece of Victorian erotic literature. Some minor foxing to cover edges. Scarce. (mentioned by Mendes P35)
  • Ballands Done Into English from the French of Francois Villon, Francois Villon (Thomas B. Mosher, 1907) 7" X 4.5", 43pp, hardbound, grey boards with paper labels on cover and spine. Fair condition for age, spine loose on one side but holding, hinges good, fore and bottom edges deckled, owner's signatures on front pastedown François Villon (c. 1431_1464) was a French poet. Most of what is known about Villon has been gathered from legal records and gleaned from his own writings. He was a thief, killer, barroom brawler, and vagabond. He is perhaps best known for his Testaments and his Ballades. He was the most famous realist poet of the Middle Ages.
  • Les Ballades de Maistre Francois Villon, Francois Villon, illus. Chéri Hérouard, caligraphy ["escrites"] by Raymond de Rigné (chez Cres., Paris, 1919) 11.75" X 9.25", 169pp, rebound in red cloth boards with paper labels, decorated end papers. Original soft wraps intact. #450/550 signed by Hérouard. 31 full page drawings by Hérouard plus 31 small vignette type illustrations with a few "signed" by him. Beautifully printed on heavy deckle edged paper. good condition, wear to top and bottom of spine. ribbon intact. François Villon (c. 1431_1464) was a French poet. Most of what is known about Villon has been gathered from legal records and gleaned from his own writings. He was a thief, killer, barroom brawler, and vagabond. He is perhaps best known for his Testaments and his Ballades. He was the most famous realist poet of the Middle Ages. Chéri Hérouard (1881 - 1961) was a French illustrator who was most famously known for his forty-five-year work for French society magazine, La Vie Parisienne. Under the pseudonym of Herric, he also created erotic and sadomasochistic illustrations for various books including the Kama Sutra. This work was originally published with soft wraps. This copy has been beautifully rebound with it's original wraps intact.
  • The Writings of Oscar Wilde, Oscar Wilde, Leonard Charles van Noppen (A.R. Keller & Co., London and New York, 1907 [University Edition 270/800]) 8.25" X 5 3/4", 209pp, grey cloth boards, paper title on spine (words mostly rubbed off), good condition for age, boards & spine faded and bumped, binding loose but holding back board loose but intact, top edge gilt, others deckled. one of 15 volumes, this one titled "De Profundis" and contains De Profundis ("from the depths", an epistle written by Oscar Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas.), Suplemental Letters, Soul of Man Under Socialism (an 1891 essay by Oscar Wilde in which he expounds a libertarian socialist [social anarchist] worldview. The creation of "The Soul of Man" followed Wilde's conversion to anarchist philosophy, following his reading of the works of Peter Kropotkin.), Of Him Who Died at No. 13. (by Leonard Charles van Noppen)
  • An ESSAY ON WOMAN and other pieces printed at the private press in Great George-Street, Westminster, in 1763, and now reproduced in fac-simile from a copy believed to be unique. To which are added epigrams and miscellaneous poems now first collected., John Wilkes [authorship in dispute, also ascribed to Thomas Potter who may have assisted. Edited by J. C. Hotten and possibly H. S. Ashbee] (Privately Printed [probably James Camden Hotten], London, 1871 [reportedly only 250 were printed]) 9.5" X 7", xvi+263pp. Hardbound, original brown cloth, paper title on spine. Deckled edges. Very good condition for age, some yellowing here and there, corners bumped, binding good. Signed (owner?) with message on front pastedown. Sometime in 1755, John Wilkes, together with fellow rake and son of the Archbishop of Cantebury, Thomas Potter (c. 1718-1759), composed a bawdy set of parodied Alexander Pope poems entitled An Essay on Woman, a satirical imitation of Pope's An Essay on Man. In 1763 he was put in jail for political reasons ("seditious libel for his anti-Jacobite smearing which appeared in his 'radical' weekly publication"). Upon release, his home was unlawfully searched and proofs of his "Essay on Woman" was discovered. This book contains a facsimile of a reprint, as no original is known. Text of poems printed in red. A work anonymously edited by John Camden Hotten, contains doumentary evidence of great value, including the affidavit of Wilke's printer, Wilke's statement, and Warburton's speeches, as well as the offensive poems.
  • The Sex Factor in Marriage: a book for those who are about to be married, Hellen Wright, M.B., B.S., intros by A.Herbert Gray, M.A., D.D., and Abel Gregg, A.B., M.A. (The Vanguard Press, New York, 1937) 7.75" X 5.25", 172pp, hardcover with dust jacket, blue boards, good condition, some small tears in dust jacket. From d.j.: "This book contains very detailed information about the ways in which the physical intimacies of married life may be successfully and happily managed. It is addressed to those about to be married in the hope that it may save them from mistakes and sufferings which have darkened married life for thousands of couples."
  • The Scented Garden: Anthropology of the Sex Life in the Levant , Bernhard Stern M.D., trans. David Berger M.A. (American Ethnological Press, New York, 1934, Printed for Subscribers, limited edition #387/600) 9 1/4" X 6 1/4", 443pp, hardbound half green cloth with floral boards, illustrated, top edge inked blue, good condition, corners worn, binding is tight Dr. Bernhard Stern spent 5 years in the Orient gathering data for this book. Conferring with famous oriental physicians, priests and students of folk-lore in the Turkish capital, and then on numerous distant journeys into the interior of the European and Asiatic Orient, all reports bearing on the contents of this book which were in any manner obtainable. This encyclopedic book details the sexual practices and perversions of peoples and cultures throughout the world. Topics include: love and love charms, rental marriages, the bridal night of a princess, the sexual lexicon, chastity and the feeling of shame, onanism and artificial instruments, public prostitution and the sex act.
  • Flagellation & the Flagellants. a History of the Rod in All Countries, The Rev. Wm. M. Cooper, B.A. [James Glass Bertram] (John Camden Hotten, London, n.d. [1869] (first edition)) 7 3/4" X 5 1/2", 544pp plus 16 pages of advertisements for "Very Important New Books", hardbound with red cloth, gilt lettering and decorations, spine worn at top and bottom and lower front, Binder's ticket on lower pastedown: "Bound by W. Bone and Son. 76 Fleet St. London E.C.", front pastedown has original bookseller's stamp "S. R. Gray Bookseller and Stationer, No. 38 state street". Frontispiece slightly colored in blue. Bertram was apprenticed to Tait's Edinburgh Magazine and became managing clerk, before joining a company of strolling players. He returned to Edinburgh and set up as a bookseller and newsagent. In 1855 he was appointed the editor of the North Briton and in 1872 of the Glasgow News, leaving to become a freelance journalist two years later. He published "flagellation" pornography under the names "Revd William Cooper" and "Margaret Anson". Illustrated throughout with a colored frontispiece. This particular book is unique in that we know where it was published, printed, bound, and first sold.
  • 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] (William Reeves Bookseller Limited, London, nd [c. 1908]) 7 3/4" X 5 1/4", 544pp, hardbound no DJ, dark purple cloth boards with gilt stamp and blind stamp decorations to boards and spine, good condition, minor bumping and rubbing, a few stains on lower fore-edge of boards. Bertram was apprenticed to Tait's Edinburgh Magazine and became managing clerk, before joining a company of strolling players. He returned to Edinburgh and set up as a bookseller and newsagent. In 1855 he was appointed the editor of the North Briton and in 1872 of the Glasgow News, leaving to become a freelance journalist two years later. He published "flagellation" pornography under the names "Revd William Cooper" and "Margaret Anson". This edition was published by William Reeves sometime around 1908.
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