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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: March 2015
Martin Van Maele

Newly published illustrated bibliographical checklist on Kindle.

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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