Written in 1748 while the author was in debtor’s prison in London, it 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.

Being one of the most banned books in history, it was also published a number of times by a number of people (see a list and read about it’s author, John Cleland). Copies of the book were mostly sold “underground” and often without markings on the cover. Many anonymous reprints exist without discernible/reliable publication/printing dates. It was not successfully published uncensored in England until 1970. It was first published in the US in 1821 then immediately banned. In a landmark decision in 1966, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Memoirs v. Massachusetts that the banned novel did not meet the standard for obscenity and could then be published and sold in the US.

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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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    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.
  • 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.
  • Fanny Hill: Memoiren eines Freudenm_dchens, John Cleland (Buchgemeinschaft Donauland Kremayr & Scheriau, nd [c.1970?]) 7.5" xs 5", 287pp. Hardcover with DJ, red cloth boards with black and white titles on spine. Like new condition. Written while the author was in debtor's prison in London and first published in 1749, 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. This is a contemporary (probably 1970's) German translation.
  • Fanny Hill print This print 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.  Print is signed by "PIZAN" and is possibly from a 20-30s edition printed clandestinely in NY.
  • Fanny Hill print This print 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.  Print is signed by "PIZAN" and is possibly from a 20-30s edition printed clandestinely in NY.
  • Fanny Hill print This print 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.  Print is signed by "PIZAN" and is possibly from a 20-30s edition printed clandestinely in NY.
  • Fanny Hill print This print 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.  Print is signed by "PIZAN" and is possibly from a 20-30s edition printed clandestinely in NY.
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    Fanny Hill print This print 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.  Print is signed by "PIZAN" and is possibly from a 20-30s edition printed clandestinely in NY.
  • Fanny Hill print This print 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.  Print is signed by "PIZAN" and is possibly from a 20-30s edition printed clandestinely in NY.
  • Fanny Hill print This print 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 this one is from.
  • Fanny Hill print This print 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 this one is from.
  • Fanny Hill print This print 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 this one is from.
  • Fanny Hill print This print 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 this one is from.
  • Fanny Hill print This print 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 this one is from.
  • 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.
  • 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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    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.