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).