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1 Anonymous The Secret History of Betty Ireland
London S. Lee 1888 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: S. Lee, 1888. An erotic tale of a girl gone wrong that is often compared to Cleland's "Fanny Hill," and others of the picaresque genre, such as "Moll Flanders" or "Tom Jones." Very mild in its eroticism, relying on circumlocation rather than its opposite. Quite scarce; almost all copies are institutionally held in the UK, and Quercus could venture that this Victorian reissue is more rare than the 18th-century editions. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy. Full vellum binding with gilt-filled ruling and decorations on the front cover. The text is clean and fresh; 58 pages. The covers have a slight splay; typical surface dirt seen on vellum bindings. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
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2 Anonymous (Samuel Roth) Lady Chatterley's Friends. A New Sequel to Lady Chatterley's Lover and Lady Chatterley's Husbands
New York William Faro, Inc. 1932 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: William Faro, Inc., 1932. Notorious erotica publisher Samuel Roth also wrote "sequels" to his successful pirated editions of D.H. Lawrene's work. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Black cloth binding with a paper label on the spine. Clean text; 216 pages.Corners are bumped, and there is wear to the head and foot of the spine. The spine label has been chipped, but is completely readable. No dustjacket.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First Edition. 
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3 Boccaccio, Giovanni Pasquerella and Madonna Babetta
New York Boar's Head 1949 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Boar's Head, 1949. Boccaccio's sexy classic, illustrated with decorations by the artist Fabio Fabbi (1861-1946). This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus. Orange cloth binding withblack lettering on the spine. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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4 Boccaccio, Giovanni The Decameron (Two Volumes)
New York Boni & Liveright 1925 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Clara Tice Signed
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. Here is a beautiful set of Boccaccio's erotic masterpiece, number 62 in an edition LIMITED to 1000 copies that have been SIGNED by the publisher. Large, heavy octavos, "For Subscribers Only". Dark green cloth bindings, ruled, with a gilt medalion of the author on the front cover; gilt lettering on the spine. The Translation is by John Payne; Introduction by Francis Hueffer. Absolutely clean text on heavy stock. Volume One (xxix, 374 pages) goes to the end of the Fifth Day; Volume Two (355 pages) includes three Appendices, by Richard Garret, Sir Walter Raleigh, and W.P. Ker. The spines are lightly faded, and the front hinge of Volume One is cracking; else Fine copies of this quite attractive edition.. Signed by Publisher. First Thus. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Clara Tice. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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5 Boccaccio, Giovanni The Most Pleasant and Delectable Questions of Love
New York Three Sirens Press 1931 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Alexander King 
New York: Three Sirens Press, 1931. Boccaccio's "Questions of Love" dates to 1472, and was a prototype for his masterwork, the "Decameron." Here is an unusual printing, using an anonymous 16th-century English translation for the text. Illustrated by Alexander King; with an Introduction by Thomas Bell. Bound in a ribbed blue cloth and quarter-bound in suede, an unusual choice by the publisher. Gilt lettering on the spine. Very Good condition, with shelf-soiling and bumped corners. Clean text; 133 pages. No dustjacket. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Alexander King. First Edition. 
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6 Brown, Beth For Men Only
New York Willey Book Company 1948 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good Very Good Jeanette Seelhoff 
New York: Willey Book Company, 1948. An erotic novel of life in a brothel that was first published in 1930, then reprinted by Triangle during the Second World War - no doubr giving comfort to many a GI far from home. This is the postwar reprint. Gray cloth binding with red lettering on the spine. Clean text; 288 pages. Great illustrations, with an expressionist feel, by Jeanette Seelhoff. Light fading around the margins. The vivid and striking dustjacket is unclipped, but has edgewear, with chipping and creasing. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Jeanette Seelhoff. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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7 Byron, Lord Don Juan
London & New York John Lane The Bodley Head & Dodd, Mead and Company 1926 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket John Austen 
London & New York: John Lane The Bodley Head & Dodd, Mead and Company, 1926. Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) left his satirical poem incomplete, but it has been enjoyed nonetheless ever since. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus, a very nice production. The 93 illustrations and decorations by John Austen (1886-1948) are erotic, but not pornographic; in an art deco style, they are actually quite delightful. Clean text; 408 pages (includes Notes). The surface is soiled and the rear hinge is cracked but holding nicely. The fron paste-down has a bookplate featuring Captain Ahab; tiny bookseller sticker on the rear paste-down. A solid and enjoyable volume. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by John Austen. First Edition. 
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8 Gautier, Theophile Mademoiselle De Maupin. A Romance of Love and Passion
Paris, London and New York Societe Des Beaux-Arts 1912 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Toudouze 
Paris, London and New York: Societe Des Beaux-Arts, 1912. One of the most popular novels by French literatiste Theophile Gautier (1811-1872). A romance, with a reputation as gentle erotica. (Wikipedia says "Mademoiselle de Maupin (1835) In September 1833, Gautier was solicited to write a historical romance based on the life of French opera star Mlle Maupin, who was a first-rate swordswoman and often went about disguised as a man. Originally, the story was to be about the historical la Maupin, who set fire to a convent for the love of another woman, but later retired to a convent herself, shortly before dying in her thirties. Gautier instead turned the plot into a simple love triangle between a man, d'Albert, and his mistress, Rosette, who both fall in love with Madelaine de Maupin, who is disguised as a man named Théodore. The message behind Gautier's version of the infamous legend is the fundamental pessimism about the human identity, and perhaps the entire Romantic age. The novel consists of seventeen chapters, most in the form of letters written by d'Albert or Madelaine. Most critics focus on the preface of the novel, which preached about Art for art's sake through its dictum that "everything useful is ugly.") This is a Very Good copy o a Later Printing of the First Edition Thus. Maroon cloth binding with gilt lettering and the French fleur on the cover. Illustrated by Toudouze (who was a winner of the Prix de Rome). Clean text; 366 pages. Light soil; darkened spine. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Toudouze. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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9 Gautier, Theophile Mademoiselle De Maupin. Double Love
New York The Pierre Louys Society 1927 Limited. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Clara Tice 
New York: The Pierre Louys Society, 1927. Gautier's romantic erotic novel has been reprinted many times. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus, "Privately Printed" for "The Pierre Louys Society" in a LIMITED EDITION of 1250 copies (960 For America). Highly decorative binding in gold and purple; the spine is olive green linen (faded to more of a brown) with gilt lettering. Clean text; 407 pages, rough-cut; with a List of the 12 Illustrations at the end. The illustrations are by Clara Tice (1888-1973), and are exceptional. Tice was an established member of the avant-garde whose work Comstock tried to suppress. She illustrated several books, which are uncommon today. Mild rubbing at margins; closed tear at bottom of Title Page. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Limited.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Clara Tice. Privately Printed. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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10 Lawrence, D.H. Lady Chatterley's Lover
Florence Privately Printed 1928 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
Florence: Privately Printed, 1928. An early pirate edition, published in the same year as the First Edition; one of many that would occur while the book was still under ban. This is a Very Good (minus) copy. Red cloth binding with a paper label on the spine. Clean text; 315 pages of good-quality laid paper with a deckle fore-edge. Bumped at the corners; the label is scuffed, and the spine has darkened. The spine label is readable, but takes some effort. There is an interesting period ("Roaring Twenties") stamp from a previous owner on the first free endpaper. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. Privately Printed. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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11 Lawrence, D.H. Lady Chatterley's Lover
Stockholm Jan Forlag 1953 First Thus. Paperback Very Good No Jacket 
Stockholm: Jan Forlag, 1953. This is a Very Good copy of the First "Continental" Edition, in English but printed in Sweden. At this time the book was still under ban, and the copyright page states: "This edition not to be soldin the British Empire orU.S.A." This contains the unexpurgated text from 1928. Issued in softcover, the cream-colored paper does look a bit used at the edges and has some light smudging on the front cover, but what would one expect unless it had beenput away in a dark closet, say, for several decades? There is also a light crease on the rear cover, a diagonal chip to the lower front corner. A closed tear has been repaired with cello tape. Really, not too bad for what is now a period piece of literary history. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. First Thus.. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Privately Printed. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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12 Lawrence, D.H. Lady Chatterley's Lover
William Faro, Inc. 1930 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
William Faro, Inc., 1930. D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) wrote "Chatterley" in 1928, and it remained controversial for four decades.This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition Thus, a "pirate edition" published by Samuel Roth (1893-1974) under his William Faro imprint. Roth has become infamous as a nice Jewish boy gone bad; he was prosecuted and jailed several times as a pornographer for publishing works that seem mild today; James Joyce enjoined him for a pirated edition of "Ulysses." Although an Orthodox Jew, he wrote and published an anti-Semitic screed. He particularly disliked J. Edgar Hoover, and ultimately, he may be a literary hero (with more than one tragic flaw). An unexpurgated European version came out in 1928 (Tauchintz), but the book was not legally published in America until 1959, so this version, although illegal, could be called the First American Edition. This is a large octavo; black cloth binding with a paper label on the spine. Clean text; 313 pages; previous-owner name, dated 1931, and a red sticker on the second free endpaper. Bumped, and rubbed at the margins to a bit of a fray. Although holding well, the binding is a bit loose and the hinges are starting to crack. Please note the condition issues; although basically sound, Quercus recommends some repair or restoration to this uncommon, and historically important, title. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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13 Lawrence, D.H. Lady Chatterley's Lover
Nesor Publishing Co. 1930 First Thus Hardcover Very Good (Plus) Very Good (Minus) 
Nesor Publishing Co., 1930. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, a pirate edition attributed to the rather notorious pornographic publisher Samuel Roth (1893-1974). Variant maroon cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 316 pages; owner signature on the FFEP. There is no publication date, but the dustjacket art, by A.K. Skillin, is dated 1930. It shows significant edgewear, with wrinkling and chipping at the margins. In an archival plastic protector.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/Very Good (Minus). 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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14 Lawrence, D.H. Lady Chatterley's Lover. Including My Skirmish with Jolly Roger Written Especially and Exclusively as an Introduction to This Popular Edition
Paris Privately Printed 1929 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Paris: Privately Printed, 1929. One of the most famous (or infamous) erotic novels of the Twentieth Century. This is a Very Good copy of "The Author's Unabridged Popular Edition," First Edition Thus, published the year after the First Edition; it includes an exclusive Introduction by Lawrence. There is no place or publisher listed; however, it was published in Paris by Edward Titus, the expat husband of Helena Rubenstein; this was unabridged, and was a frequent target of pirates. Not rebound; in the original dark blue cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 365 pages. Rubbed at the margins, and with a very slight lean; the paper stock used was not very good, and the pages are starting to tan. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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15 Louys, Pierre Woman and Puppet
Private 1930 Limited. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket William Siegel 
Private, 1930. Another rather charming tale of obsession by a romantic "soft core" French author (1870-1925) whose erotic writing has remained popular.The illustrations by William Siegal are less explicit than is usual in Louys' works. This copy is from a privately-printed edition of 2500 (so stated; however, the delimitation on this copy has been left blank). Presented in a Fine Binding: black paper-covered boards with gilt lettering, parchment spine; high-quality deckle-edge paper;153 pages. Near Fine condition: slight wear at the edges of the spine, else Fine. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Limited.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by William Siegel. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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16 Stern, Bernhard M.D. The Scented Garden. Anthropology of the Sex Life in the Levant
New York American Ethnological Press 1934 Limited Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: American Ethnological Press, 1934. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition Thus, printed "for subscribers only" in an edition LIMITED to 600 copies. Translated from the original German by David Berger. Beautiful deorative paper-covered boards (a floral garden motif, of course) with a green cloth spine; gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 443 pages; topedge stained green. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs of young female "natives" in the nude. Bumped corners and POS on front paste-down and FFEP. No dustjacket. An attractively-produced book, and not particularly common.. Limited. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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17 Symonds, John Addington A Problem in Greek Ethics. Being an Inquiry Into the Phenomenon of SEXUAL INVERSION Addressed Especially to Medical Psychologists and Jurists
London Anonymous (Privately Printed) 1901 Limited Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Anonymous (Privately Printed), 1901. Addington (1840-1893) was a poet, literary critic, and historian of the Renaissance, but this short treatise on homosexuality is a famed precursor to the work of Kinsey, Masters, and Johnson. First published privately in 1883. Also "privately printed" with no published listed, this edition is LIMITED to 100 copies. This is a Very Good copy, which is un-numbered, suggesting that more than 100 were printed. Dark green cloth binding. Clean text; 73 pages. Some scuffing, and some chips to the spine. No dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Limited. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Privately Printed. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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18 Uchard, Mario My Uncle Barbassou
London Vizetelly 1888 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Paul Avril 
London: Vizetelly, 1888. Uchard (1824-1893) was a French dramatist and "man of letters." His erotic and romantic novel has also been published as "French and Oriental Love in a Harem." This is the First Edition in English (translator unknown). Blue decorative cloth binding, with cherubs and nymphs on the front cover; the spine features a Turkish quarter moon; decorations filled in black and gilt. Clean text; 339 pages, with two pages of publisher's adverts in the front; rough-cut edges. Many illustrations by Paul Avril. Exterior shows some wear, with rubbing and a bit of fray; corners have been bumped; spine has a bit of fade, but all lettering is still bright. Hinges are split, but still holding. Certainly a curiosity, an example of the fascination with "exotic" Arab culture that swept Europe in the 19th Century. In a plastic protector. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Paul Avril. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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19 Woodford, Jack Sin and Such
New York Panurge Press 1930 Limited/Numbered. Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
New York: Panurge Press, 1930. Jack Woodford (1894-1971) wrote prolifically under several pen-names. This is a Fine copy of the First Edition, "Privately Printed" in an edition LIMITED to 1500 copies. Beautiful embossed cloth binding that resembles red leather. It is highly decorative, with a gilt representation of Pan on the front cover (reproduced more fully on the Title Page). Clean text; 281 pages; the top-edge is gilt, others rough-cut. This is an extremely handsome volume; just FYI, Quercus quotes from the Limitation Page: ".intended for private circulation among adult collectors of literary curiosities." Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Limited/Numbered.. Decorative Cloth. Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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