• Anthropological Studies of Sexual Relations of Mankind, Professor Paolo Mantegazza, trans. James Bruce (Anthropological Press [Falstaff Press], New York, 1932, [first edition thus]) 9 1/2" X 6 1/2", 258pp, hardcover no DJ, good condition, binding tight, soiling on covers and on bottom edge, #1030/1500, printed on "handmade finished paper and the cover stamped in pure gold leaf" Paolo Mantegazza (1831_1910) was a prominent Italian neurologist, physiologist, travel writer and anthropologist. He also was a controversial sex expert and a investigator of the effects of cocaine. This work was originally published in 1885 as Gli Amori degli Uomini. Falstaff Press translated and published this work in 1932 "for exclusive subscription of adult students of anthropology". [Note: Some of the author's offensive views were unfortunately common to the time re: race, homosexuality, etc.] Chapters include "The Celebration of Puberty - Erotic Education", "Debauchery and Modesty in the Human Races", "Embraces and Its Forms - Racial Arts of Love - Deflorations", "Perversions of Love Among the Various Races", "Mutilation of Sex Organs", "The Conquest of Woman and of Men" and "Monogamy, Polygamy: Harem Life - Concubinage"
  • Anthropological Studies of Sexual Relations of Mankind, Professor Paolo Mantegazza, trans. James Bruce (Anthropological Press [Falstaff Press], New York, 1932, [first edition thus]) 9.25" X 6.25", 272pp. Hardbound, decorated cloth boards with reproduction of painting by Blake. Poor condition, spine detaching, boards mostly detached, binding coming apart. Paolo Mantegazza (1831_1910) was a prominent Italian neurologist, physiologist, travel writer and anthropologist. He also was a controversial sex expert and a investigator of the effects of cocaine. This work was originally published in 1885 as Gli Amori degli Uomini. Falstaff Press translated and published this work in 1932 "for exclusive subscription of adult students of anthropology". [Note: Some of the author's offensive views were unfortunately common to the time re: race, homosexuality, etc.] Chapters include "The Celebration of Puberty - Erotic Education", "Debauchery and Modesty in the Human Races", "Embraces and Its Forms - Racial Arts of Love - Deflorations", "Perversions of Love Among the Various Races", "Mutilation of Sex Organs", "The Conquest of Woman and of Men" and "Monogamy, Polygamy: Harem Life - Concubinage"
  • Anthropological Studies of Sexual Relations of Mankind, Professor Paolo Mantegazza, trans. James Bruce (Falstaff Press, New York, 1932, [first edition thus]) 9.25" X 6.25", 272pp. Hardbound, decorated cloth boards with reproduction of painting by Blake, near mint condition, printed on hand-laid peach tinted paper Paolo Mantegazza (1831_1910) was a prominent Italian neurologist, physiologist, travel writer and anthropologist. He also was a controversial sex expert and a investigator of the effects of cocaine. This work was originally published in 1885 as Gli Amori degli Uomini. Falstaff Press translated and published this work in 1932 "for exclusive subscription of adult students of anthropology". [Note: Some of the author's offensive views were unfortunately common to the time re: race, homosexuality, etc.] Chapters include "The Celebration of Puberty - Erotic Education", "Debauchery and Modesty in the Human Races", "Embraces and Its Forms - Racial Arts of Love - Deflorations", "Perversions of Love Among the Various Races", "Mutilation of Sex Organs", "The Conquest of Woman and of Men" and "Monogamy, Polygamy: Harem Life - Concubinage"
  • Aphrodite (Ancient Manners), Pierre Louys, trans. Willis L. Parker, illustrator Frank J. Buttera (Three Sirens Press, New York, 1932) 9 1/2" X 6 1/4", 251pp, hardbound no DJ, red cloth over boards with gilt decorations, deckle fore and bottom edge, inked top edge, very good condition, minor bumping to corners Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite. This edition is illustrated by Frank J. Buttera
  • Aphrodite, a novel of ancient manners, by Pierre Louÿs, illus. Ed. Zier (Charles Carrington, 1906, first edition thus, first English translation) 5.25 x 8", 412pp, marbled boards with three quarter red cloth, gilt lettering and decoration on spine, very good condition for age, some slight bumping/scuffing Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite. "This Translation of Aphrodite was executed on the Printing Presses of Charles Herissey, at Evreux (France), for Mr. Charles Carrington, Paris, Bookseller et Publisher, and is the only complete English version extant." Édouard François Zier, (1856-1924) was a French illustrator and painter.
  • Aphrodite, a novel of ancient manners, by Pierre Louÿs, illus. Ed. Zier (Charles Carrington, 1906, first edition thus, first English translation) 5.25 x 8", 412pp, full green moroccan, gilt lettering and decoration on spine and borders, 5 raised bands, gilt edges, gilt decorations boardering pastedown, near fine condition, some cracks in the hinges. Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite. "This Translation of Aphrodite was executed on the Printing Presses of Charles Herissey, at Evreux (France), for Mr. Charles Carrington, Paris, Bookseller et Publisher, and is the only complete English version extant." A beautiful example of this important first edition of the first translation. Very hard to find in full leather. Édouard François Zier (1856-1924) was a French illustrator and painter.
  • Aphrodite, a novel of ancient manners, by Pierre Louÿs, illus. Ed. Zier (Charles Carrington, 1906, first edition thus, first English translation) 5.25 x 7.75", xiv+412pp, rebound with plain blue boards, fine condition Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite. "This Translation of Aphrodite was executed on the Printing Presses of Charles Herissey, at Evreux (France), for Mr. Charles Carrington, Paris, Bookseller et Publisher, and is the only complete English version extant." Édouard François Zier (1856-1924) was a French illustrator and painter.
  • Aphrodite, done into English from the French of Pierre Louys, by Pierre Louÿs, illus. unknown, (Privately Printed for Subscribers Only[Mitchell S. Buck], 1913, #66/550) 6.5"x8.75", xi+258pp+Notes+Index, cream vellum spine over green boards, gilt titles on spine, good condition, some bumping and rubbing Buck's translation is easier to read than Carrington's translation a few years earlier.  This was his first book, most likely, self-published and printed by Nicholas L. Brown. Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite." Mitchell Starrett Buck (February 10, 1887 – May 12, 1959) was an American poet, translator and classical scholar. His volumes of verse and prose poetry were deeply influenced by 1890s aestheticism as well as classical Greek and Roman Literature. Buck’s writing was secondary to his work as a heating engineer, and the money he made professionally allowed him to become a noted book-collector, specializing in first editions, English literature, Greek and Latin classics. Buck’s first book was a translation of Aphrodite by the French decadent Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925). It appeared in 1913, and was “privately printed”, probably at Buck’s expense. It may have been arranged through the Philadelphia bookseller Nicholas L. Brown, who officially became a publisher in 1916, and thereafter issued most of Buck’s output. Between 1916 and 1932, Brown published small editions of poetry, belles lettres, translations, sometimes without his imprint but stating that the title has been “issued privately for subscribers” (in order to evade prosecution for dealing in obscene materials). Such classical erotica is very tame by modern standards, but in the teens and twenties such material was policed by self-appointed authorities such as John S. Sumner of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice.
  • Aphrodite, mæurs antiques, by Pierre Louÿs, illus. A. Calbet (Librairie Borel, Paris, 1896) 3.75"x 6.75", 392pp, full red leather with gilt decorations and titles, 4 raised bands, beautifully bound, decorated pastedowns, a fine example, good+ condition, some rubbing and bumping Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite. Antoine Calbet (1860-1942) was a French painter, watercolourist, draftsman, engraver and illustrator.
  • Aphrodite, mœurs antiques, by Pierre Louÿs, illus. Eduard Zier (Librairie Illustree, J. Tallandier, Éditeur, nd [c. 1900], Paris, printed by Charles Hérissey, engravings executed by Ruckert et Cie, on Champon, Bichelberger et Cie ) 6.75" x 10", 374pp, hardbound in half buckram over marbled boards, very good condition for age, some bumping to boards and foxing throughout pages, red ribbon intact Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Barney Google in "Steam Cleaned and Pressed", (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 "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith" an widely read (even today) comic strip that has been around since 1919.
  • Berna Pantz Presents Blondie in "Lonely" / Moon Mullins in "Nerts", (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.
  • Berna Pantz Presents Blondie in "Lonely" / Moon Mullins in "Nerts", (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.
  • Black Lust, Jean de Villiot [George Grassal (Hugues Rebell)] (Privately printed by The Panurge Press, Inc., New York, 1931, #365/2000) 8 5/8" X 6", 312pp, hardbound no DJ, cream cloth boards with black stamped decorations, top edge dyed blue, other edges deckle, good condition, slight soiling to boards, binding tight Jean de Villiot was a pseudonym used by several authors and compilers working for the publisher Charles Carrington writing novels and "studies" concerning flagellation, including Hugues Rebell (Georges Grassal), Hector France, Stéphane Arnoulin and Charles Carrington, himself. This novel is attributed to George Grassal (Hugues Rebell) originally written in French, in 1902, as "La Femme et son maître" (The Woman and her Master). In 1904 "Woman and her Master" was published in English by Charles Carrington. Panurge Press published this work as "Black Lust" in 1931. This book is a numbered limited edition copy of the Panurge Press edition.
  • anonymous (Bibliotheque St. Germaine, Paris, nd. ) 5.25" X 4", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, very pornographic photos and cartoons.
  • anonymous (Contemporary Press, Paris, France, nd.) 5.5" X 4.25", 32pp, softcover, good quality for age, very pornographic photos, stated "Illustrated from Life"
  • Casanova's Memoirs, Giacomo Casanova, ed. Joseph Monét, illus. Vincente Minnelli (obscure at the time but later famous director and husband of Judy Garland) (Privately Printed by Exotica Club, Inc., New York, 1930) 9.75" X 6.5", 290pp., hardbound no DJ, red cloth boards with silver gilt titles on spine and a silver gilt figure of a naked woman on the front. Fore edge deckled. In fair condition, damage to top of spine, corners and spine bumped, binding is good. Giovanni Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) was an ecclesiastic, writer, soldier, spy, and diplomatist, chiefly remembered as the prince of Italian adventurers and as the man who made the name Casanova synonymous with 'libertine.' His autobiography, which perhaps exaggerates some of his escapades, is a splendid description of 18th-century society in the capitals of Europe. As far as I can tell this is the only illustration work done by Vincente Minnelli, done soon after he moved to New York from Chicago and before he landed a steady job at Radio City Music Hall. In his autobiography he described the work as "in the Aubrey Beardsley style".
  • Casanova's Memoirs, Giacomo Casanova, ed. Joseph Monét, illus. Vincente Minnelli (Privately Printed by Exotica Club, Inc., New York, 1930, first edition thus) 9.75" X 6.5", 290pp., hardbound no DJ, red cloth boards with silver gilt titles on spine and a silver gilt figure of a naked woman on the front. Fore edge deckled. In good condition, binding is good. Giovanni Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) was an ecclesiastic, writer, soldier, spy, and diplomatist, chiefly remembered as the prince of Italian adventurers and as the man who made the name Casanova synonymous with "libertine." His autobiography, which perhaps exaggerates some of his escapades, is a splendid description of 18th-century society in the capitals of Europe. As far as I can tell this is the only illustration work done by Vincente Minnelli [obscure at the time but later famous director and husband of Judy Garland], done soon after he moved to New York from Chicago and before he landed a steady job at Radio City Music Hall. In his autobiography he described the work as "in the Aubrey Beardsley style".