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  • An ESSAY ON WOMAN and other pieces printed at the private press in Great George-Street, Westminster, in 1763, and now reproduced in fac-simile from a copy believed to be unique. To which are added epigrams and miscellaneous poems now first collected., John Wilkes [authorship in dispute, also ascribed to Thomas Potter who may have assisted. Edited by J. C. Hotten and possibly H. S. Ashbee] (Privately Printed [probably James Camden Hotten], London, 1871 [reportedly only 250 were printed]) 9.5" X 7", xvi+263pp. Hardbound, original brown cloth, paper title on spine. Deckled edges. Very good condition for age, some yellowing here and there, corners bumped, binding good. Signed (owner?) with message on front pastedown. Sometime in 1755, John Wilkes, together with fellow rake and son of the Archbishop of Cantebury, Thomas Potter (c. 1718-1759), composed a bawdy set of parodied Alexander Pope poems entitled An Essay on Woman, a satirical imitation of Pope's An Essay on Man. In 1763 he was put in jail for political reasons ("seditious libel for his anti-Jacobite smearing which appeared in his 'radical' weekly publication"). Upon release, his home was unlawfully searched and proofs of his "Essay on Woman" was discovered. This book contains a facsimile of a reprint, as no original is known. Text of poems printed in red. A work anonymously edited by John Camden Hotten, contains doumentary evidence of great value, including the affidavit of Wilke's printer, Wilke's statement, and Warburton's speeches, as well as the offensive poems.
  • An Exact Reprint of the Roman Index Expurgatorius. The only vatican index of this kind ever published., Edited, with a preface, by Richard Gibbings, A. B., scholar of Trinity College, Dublin. (Milliken and Son, booksellers to the university; William Curry, Jun. and Co.; J. G. and F. Rivington, London, 1837) 4.25" x 6.75", 608pp, hardcover, red boards with gilt titles on spine, Index Expurgatorius title page in red and black, former library, library bookplate on front pastedown "The Reynolds Library, 1884", stamps "Literature Division", preface in english, text in latin, professionally repaired with binders tape This is an exact reprint of the Index Expurgatorius of 1608.  Aside from the extensive and scholarly preface written in English, the index itself is written in the original latin. The Index Expurgatorius is a list of books that the Roman Catholic Church forbade its members to read unless certain passages condemned as dangerous to faith or morals were deleted or changed. This is different from the Index Librorum Prohibitorum which was a list of publications deemed heretical, or contrary to morality and thus Catholics were forbidden to read. In 1571, a special congregation was created, the Sacred Congregation of the Index, which had the specific task to investigate those writings that were denounced in Rome as being not exempt of errors, to update the list of Pope Pius IV regularly and also to make lists of required corrections in case a writing was not to be condemned absolutely but only in need of correction; it was then listed with a mitigating clause (e.g., donec corrigatur (forbidden until corrected) or donec expurgetur (forbidden until purged)). Several times a year, the congregation held meetings. During the meetings, they reviewed various works and documented those discussions. In between the meetings was when the works to be discussed were thoroughly examined, and each work was scrutinized by two people. At the meetings, they collectively decided whether or not the works should be included in the Index. Ultimately, the pope was the one who had to approve of works being added or removed from the Index. It was the documentation from the meetings of the congregation that aided the pope in making his decision. This sometimes resulted in very long lists of corrections, published in the Index Expurgatorius, which was cited by Thomas James in 1627 as "an invaluable reference work to be used by the curators of the Bodleian library when listing those works particularly worthy of collecting".
  • Pierre Louys (Privately printed for Subscribers only, Paris, nd. [c. 1920] ) 9.25" X 6", xvi 412pp, hardbound in marbled simulated leather cloth, edges deckled. Very good condition.
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Aphrodite (Ancient Manners), Pierre Louys, trans. Willis L. Parker, illustrator Frank J. Buttera (Three Sirens Press, New York, 1932) 9 1/2" X 6 1/4", 251pp, hardbound no DJ, red cloth over boards with gilt decorations, deckle fore and bottom edge, inked top edge, very good condition, minor bumping to corners Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite. This edition is illustrated by Frank J. Buttera
  • Aphrodite, a novel of ancient manners, by Pierre Louÿs, illus. Ed. Zier (Charles Carrington, 1906, first edition thus, first English translation) 5.25 x 8", 412pp, marbled boards with three quarter red cloth, gilt lettering and decoration on spine, very good condition for age, some slight bumping/scuffing Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite. "This Translation of Aphrodite was executed on the Printing Presses of Charles Herissey, at Evreux (France), for Mr. Charles Carrington, Paris, Bookseller et Publisher, and is the only complete English version extant." Édouard François Zier, (1856-1924) was a French illustrator and painter.
  • Aphrodite, a novel of ancient manners, by Pierre Louÿs, illus. Ed. Zier (Charles Carrington, 1906, first edition thus, first English translation) 5.25 x 8", 412pp, full green moroccan, gilt lettering and decoration on spine and borders, 5 raised bands, gilt edges, gilt decorations boardering pastedown, near fine condition, some cracks in the hinges. Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite. "This Translation of Aphrodite was executed on the Printing Presses of Charles Herissey, at Evreux (France), for Mr. Charles Carrington, Paris, Bookseller et Publisher, and is the only complete English version extant." A beautiful example of this important first edition of the first translation. Very hard to find in full leather. Édouard François Zier (1856-1924) was a French illustrator and painter.
  • Aphrodite, a novel of ancient manners, by Pierre Louÿs, illus. Ed. Zier (Charles Carrington, 1906, first edition thus, first English translation) 5.25 x 7.75", xiv+412pp, rebound with plain blue boards, fine condition Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite. "This Translation of Aphrodite was executed on the Printing Presses of Charles Herissey, at Evreux (France), for Mr. Charles Carrington, Paris, Bookseller et Publisher, and is the only complete English version extant." Édouard François Zier (1856-1924) was a French illustrator and painter.
  • Aphrodite, done into English from the French of Pierre Louys, by Pierre Louÿs, illus. unknown, (Privately Printed for Subscribers Only[Mitchell S. Buck], 1913, #66/550) 6.5"x8.75", xi+258pp+Notes+Index, cream vellum spine over green boards, gilt titles on spine, good condition, some bumping and rubbing Buck's translation is easier to read than Carrington's translation a few years earlier.  This was his first book, most likely, self-published and printed by Nicholas L. Brown. Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite." Mitchell Starrett Buck (February 10, 1887 – May 12, 1959) was an American poet, translator and classical scholar. His volumes of verse and prose poetry were deeply influenced by 1890s aestheticism as well as classical Greek and Roman Literature. Buck’s writing was secondary to his work as a heating engineer, and the money he made professionally allowed him to become a noted book-collector, specializing in first editions, English literature, Greek and Latin classics. Buck’s first book was a translation of Aphrodite by the French decadent Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925). It appeared in 1913, and was “privately printed”, probably at Buck’s expense. It may have been arranged through the Philadelphia bookseller Nicholas L. Brown, who officially became a publisher in 1916, and thereafter issued most of Buck’s output. Between 1916 and 1932, Brown published small editions of poetry, belles lettres, translations, sometimes without his imprint but stating that the title has been “issued privately for subscribers” (in order to evade prosecution for dealing in obscene materials). Such classical erotica is very tame by modern standards, but in the teens and twenties such material was policed by self-appointed authorities such as John S. Sumner of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice.
  • Aphrodite, mæurs antiques, by Pierre Louÿs, illus. A. Calbet (Librairie Borel, Paris, 1896) 3.75"x 6.75", 392pp, full red leather with gilt decorations and titles, 4 raised bands, beautifully bound, decorated pastedowns, a fine example, good+ condition, some rubbing and bumping Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite. Antoine Calbet (1860-1942) was a French painter, watercolourist, draftsman, engraver and illustrator.
  • Aphrodite, mœurs antiques, by Pierre Louÿs, illus. Eduard Zier (Librairie Illustree, J. Tallandier, Éditeur, nd [c. 1900], Paris, printed by Charles Hérissey, engravings executed by Ruckert et Cie, on Champon, Bichelberger et Cie ) 6.75" x 10", 374pp, hardbound in half buckram over marbled boards, very good condition for age, some bumping to boards and foxing throughout pages, red ribbon intact Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." "Aphrodite: mæurs antiques" (Ancient Manners) is a "libertine" story set in ancient Alexandria. Highlights include the loves of Chrysis, an orgy banquet ending in the crucifixion of a slave, the love of two young musician girls and the festivals of Aphrodite.
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    massage roller, green bakelite handles, rubber rolling surface, states: UNITED STATES PATENT NO. 1,840,981 JANUARY 12TH, 1932, works.
  • Aubrey Beardsley | Lysistrata, facsimile prints (np,nd [c. 1967?]) 9 1/8" x 12", 8pp. [2 quarto pages printed in light purple ink on one side, folded, but not cut], soft cover, some bumping, rubbing, and wrinkling but good+ condition for age. Unable to find any information on this portfolio.  I assume it was printed in the US shortly after 1966 (when it became legal).  I also assume it was printed in light blue because photocopiers of the time (think big Xerox machines) interpreted light blue as white and therefore would not be able to reproduce these images. Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (1872-1898) was an English illustrator and author. He was the most controversial artist of the Art Nouveau era and a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler. His illustrations were in black and white and often emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. Some of his drawings, inspired by Japanese shunga woodcuts, featured enormous genitalia. His most famous erotic illustrations concerned themes of history and mythology; these include his illustrations for a privately printed edition of Aristophanes' Lysistrata, and his drawings for Oscar Wilde's play Salome. Beardsley's contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis at age 25. Beardsley was a public as well as private eccentric. He said, "I have one aim—the grotesque. If I am not grotesque I am nothing." Wilde said he had "a face like a silver hatchet, and grass green hair." Beardsley was meticulous about his attire: dove-grey suits, hats, ties; yellow gloves. He would appear at his publisher's in a morning coat and patent leather pumps. In 1897, a year before his death Beardsley converted to Roman Catholicism and subsequently begged his publishers (in vain) to “destroy all copies of Lysistrata and bad drawings... by all that is holy all obscene drawings."
  • Ballands Done Into English from the French of Francois Villon, Francois Villon (Thomas B. Mosher, 1907) 7" X 4.5", 43pp, hardbound, grey boards with paper labels on cover and spine. Fair condition for age, spine loose on one side but holding, hinges good, fore and bottom edges deckled, owner's signatures on front pastedown François Villon (c. 1431_1464) was a French poet. Most of what is known about Villon has been gathered from legal records and gleaned from his own writings. He was a thief, killer, barroom brawler, and vagabond. He is perhaps best known for his Testaments and his Ballades. He was the most famous realist poet of the Middle Ages.
  • Bamboo Cane 36", bamboo
  • Barney Google in "Steam Cleaned and Pressed", (n.p. n.d.) 4.5" x 3", 8pp. pamphlet, stapled Tijuana bibles (also known as eight-pagers, bluesies, gray-backs, Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, Tillie-and-Mac books, and two-by-fours) were little pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s. This parodies "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith" an widely read (even today) comic strip that has been around since 1919.
  • Bear Lick, by Charles Raymond Print from: Venus in Furs Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, illus. Charles Raymond (Privately Printed for Subscribers Only, New York, 1928, #523/1250) Image: 6" x 10", high-resolution ink-jet print Paper: 8.5" x 11", your choice of 65lb White or 67lb Ivory Parchment