Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure or The Life of Fanny Hill, John Cleland (Hoboken, np, 1929 [c. 1932 Philadelphia?] limited edition #587/700)
8 1/4″ X 5 1/2″, 211pp, hardbound in red & black textured cloth, no printing on cover or spine, decorated boards, top edge dyed red, fair condition, spine worn and cracked, binding loose but intact, illustrated 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. The original published c. 1929 had color illustrations and is very rare. This edition appeared c. 1932. It is unknown who the artist is but the illustrations are quite detailed and good.