People have been writing about sex since they have been writing. Often they had to do this underground or in exile. Many books have misleading title pages, stating the book was published in Paris (where it was often legal) or simply saying “Private, for subscribers” which was also a away around the censorship laws. Sometimes books were masked as anthropological or scientific work. Often books were banned and publishers went to jail. Each work of erotica that survived is a part of a much neglected (and often shunned) history. Our collection spans the mere “bawdy” to the sexually explicit both in literature and in the artwork that accompanied that literature. We also have sexology studies into the “exotic” and “perverse” sexual practices around the world often presented in an intentionally salacious way.
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We sell antiques and old books that are 50-250+ years old. In their day, many of these items were considered objectionable and obscene. In most places they were illegal at one time or another and had to be sold underground.
Although freedom of expression has come a long way in the last 60 years, we understand that, while perfectly legal, some of this material might still be objectionable to some viewers.
If you find graphic descriptions and depictions of sex and BDSM-related activites objectionable, please shop elsewhere. Or if you are under 18, this site is not for you.
If this site IS for you, welcome... browse our inventory, read about the fascinating history, and enjoy.