Collection SCA438-GA511 - Erotic prospectus collection.

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Erotic prospectus collection.

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23 cm of textual records

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([ca. 1900]-[ca. 1939])

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Falstaff Press was a private United States publisher of erotica. Their first publication was Musk, Hashish and Blood in 1900. On November 26, 1935 Ben and Anne Rebhuhn and their nephew Ben Raeburn were charged with sending obscene matter through the mails. The three were convicted in May 1939.

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Panurge Press was an American publisher founded by Esar Levine, who co-owned Falstaff Press and Robin Hood House as well. In 1926, he was convicted and imprisoned for trafficking in obscene books as a result of his attempts to publish Frank Harris's My Life and Loves.

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A collection of 23 prospectus, mail order catalogues, and subscription requests for erotic books. The prospectus are couched in the terms of literature, anthropology and sexology in attempts to disguise the erotic nature of the works.

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Purchased from Between the Covers Rare Books, 2024.


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Many of the items in this collection use racist and offensive language and imagery to refer to or to fetishize those from African, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. This language is wrong now and it was wrong then.

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Created JB 2024.

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