Falstaff Press was a “private” United States publisher of risqué books and anthropologica. Their first publication was Musk, Hashish and Blood c. 1930 (although the title page says 1900). The publishing house was run by Ben and Anne Rebhuhn.The Anthropological Press was one of their imprints. Their books blurred where the scholarly ended and the prurient began. On November 26, 1935, an indictment was filed naming Ben Rebhuhn, Anne Rebhuhn and Ben Raeburn as defendants, a violation of 18 USC § 334, 18 USCA § 334, in that they sent obscene matter through the mail. Louis Shomer was called as a government witness at the May 1939 trial where the three were convicted.

  • 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"
  • Ethnological and Cultural Studies of the Sex Life in England Illustrated, as revealed in Its Erotica and Obscene Literature and Art, Dr. Iwan Bloch, trans. ed. Richard Deniston (Falstaff Press Inc., New York, 1934) 10" X 6.5", 434pp., hardbound textured boards with vellum spine with gilt lettering and decorations. Top edge cut, other deckled. Poor condition, boards very loose, spine detached on one side. #644/3000 Iwan Bloch (1872-1922), the "father of sexology", was a Berlin dermatologist. His many socio-cultural studies in sexology earned him an international reputation as a medical historian. He also discovered de Sade's manuscript of the "120 days of Sodom" in 1904, which had been believed to be lost. This work (Das Geschlechtsleben in England, mit besonderer Beziehung auf London), was originally published under the pseudonym of Eugène DŸhren in 1901-3 (a name underwhich he published his more controversial works). It is a detailed study of England's more esoteric sexual history, including debaucheries of court life, sexual quackery, perversions and usual practices, with the theme that repression of normal sexual urges leads to such outlets. It has numerous bibliographical references drawn from historical memoirs, literature, the press, etc., dealing with such topics as prostitution, homosexuality, sadism, masochism, flagellation and other sexual perversions. The present edition was "translated" (some say with much embellishment) by Richard Deniston. Added to it are numerous illustrations from English artist and examples including letters from Frank Harris (noted English libertine and author).
  • 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"
  • French and Oriental Love in a Harem, Mario Uchard, illustrations by Paul Avril (Fallstaff Press, New York, nd [c. 1934], #850/1000, [first edition thus]) 9 5/8" X 6 5/8", 339pp, hardbound no DJ, red ink printed on pale green paper, very good condition, slight scuffs on spine. #850/1000 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. Scandalous for the age, but mild by today's standards. The edition page states "for Mature Collectors of Literary Curiosa". This edition was probably copied from a previous edition (Vizetelly & Co., London, 1888). Engravings by Paul Avril, a well known illustrator of erotica, however the engravings are tame by comparison to his other work. 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.
  • Musk Hashish and Blood, Hector France, with 22 etching by Paul Avril (Falstaff Press Inc., New York [c. 1930, stated "London and Paris, Printed for Subscribers Only, 1900" but is most likely a facscimile reprint of that 1900 edition by Carrington/Nichols)) 8 1/8" X 5 3/4", 447pp, hardbound no DJ, deckle edges top edge smooth and dyed blue, very good condition, some light soiling to boards In the introduction, the author states, "The Tales here brought together in one Volume are in no sense a work of fancy pure and simple; imagination has played quite a secondary part in their evolution. They are rather what in French we call 'pages vecues' (real-life stories) and indeed for ten long years the Author actually lived tem when wrapped in the scarlet 'burnouse' of a Spahi, he shared in many a wild foray and desert bivouac on the Algerian frontiers." He goes on to say, "A few of the following pages I admit, may possibly shock some prudish souls always ready to be shocked; and I hereby declare at once that my book is not written for the perusal in young ladies' seminaries." 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.
  • Strange Sexual Practises in all Races of the World, Dr. Iwan Bloch, trans. Keene Wallis (Fallstaff Press Inc., New York, 1933, Limited Edition numbered #1808/3000) 9 1/2" X 6 1/4", 246pp, Hardbound no DJ, top edge inked in blue, good condition, bumped and worn edges, back cover design worn at top. Iwan Bloch (1872-1922), the "father of sexology", was a Berlin dermatologist. His many socio-cultural studies in sexology earned him an international reputation as a medical historian. He also discovered de Sade's manuscript of the "120 days of Sodom" in 1904, which had been believed to be lost. He often published his more controversial works under the pseudonym of Eugène DŸhren. This book is a translation of Bloch's "contributions to the Etiology of Psychopathia Sexualis" (not to be confused with the famous book, Psychopathia Sexualis, by Richard von Krafft-Ebing). Chapters include "Strange Sex Life Among Primitive and Civilized Peoples", "Roots of Perversions in all Races and all Ages - Greek Loves and Primitive Refinements", "Savage Lesbian Love - Indians", "Universal Anthropologic Phenomena of the Erotic Urge - Sexual Magic, Witchcraft and Asceticism", "Universal Human Desire for Variation in Sexual Relations" and "Obscene Paintings and Sculpture - Pornographic Photographs and Albums"
  • 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"
  • Cultural and Scientific Pictorial Studies in Sex Anatomy and the Technique of Coitus, James Bruce (Falstaff Press, New York, 1935) 9" x 6", 32pp, soft cover, very good condition for age, slight soiling and wear at corners
  • Portfolio of Anatomical Manikins: Picture Story of Body, Keller, David H., M.D. (Falstaff Press, New York, 1937) 14" X 5.75", 27pp. Pamphlet without issued DJ. Good condition for age. Originally folded to fit into dust jacket, crease present, few stains, tears and wear. Limited edition of 5000 "This book is intended for circulation only among mature persons, 21 years of age or over" Anatomical illustrations of the human body, focusing on the reproductive system and organs.
  • 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 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
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