Resources for Erotica Researchers

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Online Resources

AMEA - World Museum of Erotica Art
Features exhibits of vintage erotic illustrations from the 18th and century. High quality reporductions of the art are also available.

A personal catalogue of erotic, pornographic and curiosa literature; over 750 titles.

Bibliotheque Nationale de France
The library maintains an online, searchable catalog of their book holdings, including erotica.

Book Hunters Press
Publisher of the "Used Book Lover's Guide" series. Eight regional guidebooks to 8,000 used book and antiquarian booksellers in the United States and Canada. The guides are also online for a subscription fee.

British Library Public Catalogue
The library maintains an online searchable catalog of the Insititute's book holdings, including erotica.

Carter/Johnson Leather Library
The library is a non-profit [501(c)(3) pending] organization that consists of a traveling collection of thousands of books, magazines, posters, art, club and event pins, newspapers, event programs and ephemera showing leather, fetish, S/M erotic history.

Clegg's International Directory of the World's Book Trade
A catalogue of booksellers, printers, etc. active between the late 1800s and early 1900s. Google Books offers full view for the years 1894, 1903 and 1906

An education and support group based in Germany and Austria, they also maintain an extensive, online bibliography of vintage BDSM literature. (In German and English)

EB Erotic
The website of artist Electric Bill Pridgen. Great work!

The Erotic Print Society
For people who appreciate the best in erotic books, art, photography and literature.

The Erotic Woman ...Home of the Sensual Woman
A very classy, sexy, and informative online magazine devoted to you, the sensual woman. Explore the extensive articles, reviews, tutorials, forums... Highly recommended!

Fata Libelli
A Paris bookseller of rare and unique books, including rare illustrated erotica.

Ferdinando Family History Site
On-line Ferdinando family tree. It's huge.

The John Patrick Collection
This website is dedicated to traditional bawdy songs, erotic toasts and other recitations. Includes sound clips and .php and .pdf documents of songbooks published between c.1700 and c.1970. A great erotic folklore resource.

Kinsey Institute Library, The
The Library maintains an online searchable catalog of the Insititute's erotica holdings

Les Larmes d'√Čros
A bookshop which promotes ancient as well as contemporary erotic art, in all its forms.

Magnus Hirshfeld Archive for Sexuality
Located at the Humboldt University of Berlin, this online archive contains an extensive collection of information related sexuality: history, people, research data, an online library, etc.

New York Public Library
The library maintains an online, searchable catalog of their book holdings, including erotica.

L'Origine du monde
Here you will find original erotic etchings, lithographs and drawings from 17th through 21st century artists available for sale.

Paris Olympia Press - A Collectors Blog
"The trials and tribulations, highs and lows of a book hunter"...Steve Mullin's collection and search for all ephemera related to The Paris Olympia Press

Philadelphia Rare Books and Manuscripts Company
Early Printed Books, Substantive Manuscripts, U.S. and Latin Americana, Mexico & New World Languages, Hispanica, Histories & the History of Ideas, Travels, Cookery, Law, Religion, & Bibles (All Antiquarian)

Web-based bibliography and database manager. A fabulous program!

Scissors and Paste Bibliographies
Checklists and catalogues on the authors and publishers of 18th and 19th century erotic literature (Bibliothèque des Curieux, Pascal Pia, Isidore Liseux, etc.)

Tallulahs is a unique combination of nude paintings and erotic art, with an extensive focus on vintage nudes.

University of Sydney Library
Contains an online searchable catalog of the library's book holdings. See their Special Collections catalogues for Carrington material.

University of Texas
Contains an online searchable catalog of the library's book holdings.

Virtual erotic art museum

Wellcome Library
One of the world's greatest collections of books, manuscripts, pictures and films around the meaning and history of medicine, from the earliest times to the present day. Online searchable catalog.

A unique and impressive collection of vintage erotic photos and illustrations from the mid-19th through mid-20th centuries.

William Daily Rare Books
A bookstore with a large inventory of rare to very rare erotic and clandestine literature