Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure or The Life of Fanny Hill, John Cleland (Hoboken, np, 1929 [Philadelphia?] limited edition 700 (unnumbered) first edition)
5 3/4″ X 8 1/4″, 211pp, hardbound in blue cloth, label on spine is rubbed off, fair condition, boards and spine worn, boards loose but intact. Color illustrations (rare) in an “art deco” style similar to Aubrey Beardsley [or Elliot Dodd]
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. The Hoboken copies of Fanny Hill are quite rare. This is the first edition original published c. 1929 with color illustrations and is extremely rare. An other edition appeared c. 1932 with the illustrations in black and white. It is unknown who the artist is but the illustrations are quite detailed and good.