A History of Erotic Literature

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A History of Erotic Literature
In the Reference Library
By: Patrick J Kearney
Language English
Publisher Macmillan
Release date First Edition edition (October 7, 1982)
Pages 216pp
Size 9.7 x 7.7 x 1 inches
Ship wt 1.4 pounds
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From its origins in the early 16th century to the more relaxed atmosphere of the present day, erotic literature has had a checkered and colorful history, delighting in intriguing collectors and bibliophiles almost as much as its readers. For over four centuries erotic works and clandestinely printed, published anonymously and inquired for sacred libraries of the wealthy collectors.

A History of Erotic Literature is a new, fully illustrated account of clandestine erotica which makes public for the first time some of the rarest erotica in the world, including title pages and illustrations from English, French and German classics which had been hidden away in private collections in the Private Case of the British Library until the publication of this book.

From Pietro Aretino's Sonnetti Lussirioso (1527) and Michel Millot's L'Ecole des filles to John Cleland's classic Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure which has remained in print since 1748/9 the book examines a house on the most famous erotic books of all time were first published, how they were received by the readers and how they have endured to the present day.


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