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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: June 2015

Link: Paris Olympa Press - A Collector's Blog. Steve Mullin's collection and search for all ephemera related to the Paris Olympia Press

Anti-clerical erotic illustrations attributed to Delcroche for Thérèse Philosophe

Erotic and anti-clerical illustrations done by Fredillo for Liqueurs & Parfums

HELP NEEDED: I'm looking for the title page of La Sorciére (Paris: J. Chevrel, 1911) and La Religieuse (Paris: J. Chevrel, 1916). Please contact me if you can contribute a scan. Thank you!

WHAT'S NEW: May 2015

Publisher Jules Chevrel... Early research work with a hodge-podge of my research notes, images, musings, etc.

Illustrations...Letters on Discipline
Illustrations by bondage artist "Jim" (pseudonym)

WHAT'S NEW: April 2015

Martin Van Maele:
An Illustrated Bibliographical Checklist

Hard-copy now available on Amazon!

WHAT'S NEW: March 2015
Available on Kindle
Martin Van Maele:
An Illustrated Bibliographical Checklist

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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