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Welcome to the Erotica Bibliophile


The Erotica Bibliophile is an ongoing research project on vintage erotica and erotic art published between the 18th and early 20th centuries, including: the history of erotic literature, a collection of the vintage erotic illustrations and drawings, and information on the publishers and artists.

Many of the important erotica illustrators active during that period are represented here through their drawings as well as many detailed check-lists of publications that contain that artist's work; artists which include: Martin van Maele, Felicien Rops, Luc Lafnet, Louis Maltese, Paul Avril, etc.

If it's the publishers of vintage clandestine erotica that you're interested in you will find extensive, annotated checklists and information in general on publishers such as Charles Carrington (Paul Ferdinando), William Dugdale and Jean Fort (Collection des Orties Blanches).


WHAT'S NEW: Dec. 19, 2010
Edward Sellon Family History

New (and correct) information about Edward Sellon and his immediate family members. I will be expanding his family tree and adding additional material over the next few months.


WHAT'S NEW: Aug. 31, 2010
James Campbell Reddie Biography


WHAT'S NEW: Feb. 19, 2010
Paul Emile Becat Drawings

16 extremely rare vintage drawings by erotica artist Paul Emile-Becat for Prélude Charnel.


WHAT'S NEW: Jan. 17, 2010
William Dugdale Biography

I have extensively rewritten and updated Dugdale's biography with newly discovered, never before published material; particularly, information about Dugdale's ancestors and descendants including a previously unknown third brother (also in the bookselling business) and Dugdale's marriage, which produced a son who followed in his father's footsteps.



I could not have come as far as I have with this research project without the continued support and generosity of the following people: Patrick Kearney, J.B. Rund, Peter Mendes, Steve Gertz, and especially the private collectors I wish I could name but who prefer to remain anonyomous.
Line drawing by Boris