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20th Century Erotica

   
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The flowering blossoms of popular erotica have developed alongside (and certainly helped develop and enroot) the significant communication media of the the 20th Century -- print, photographic reproduction, film, video, digital, and internet delivery.  As will be asserted elsewhere throughout the vast reference document in which you are now immersed, the curiousity and seemingly universal interest in sexuality has been a primary force in the enrooting of every popular medium throughout history and the various media of the 20th century were no exception.  In the case of book publishing, the publication of sexual contemplative (or as characterized by some minds "explicit") writing proved to open great avenues of fruitful literary exploration, provoking minor revolutions of thought and expression that perhaps may not have been explored otherwise.  I am here thinking of the work of Jack Kahane, publisher of the Obelisk Press, and literally the father of Maurice Girodias and the Olympia Press.  As it is well-known, these scandalized Parisian publishing houses were the enterprises which brought out several writers (Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Vladimir Nabokov, Terry Southern, and others) whose works significantly shaped the 20th century literary landscape.  

It seems that works of erotica have always contained scandalous social and cultural critique in their very marrow -- for one might well imagine bold writers feeling their duty would be shirked if they did not properly characterize the sexuality in the plain truthful manner in which they embraced their other insights.   Unfortunately, this most certainly leads to censorship and the pearls of wisdom are suppressed as they sit amid passages of straight-forward sexual reflections.  

Here is an (as usual) ever-growing collection of erotica texts from the 20th century -- "erotica" in that the works take a literary approach to the writing of sexuality -- and bring sexuality into their textual-universe as a sun in which all other things must necesarily revolve -- a powerful energetic sun -- which like our own sun -- impacts and/or powers each and every activity.   After a period of some 50 plus years, when the major texts of erotica appeared anonymously or were bootlegged and sold "under the counter," a growing handful of publishers established themselves.  Most of these names are familiar now, Maurice Girodias' The Olympia Press, Milton Luros' Brandon House Library Press, William Hamling's Greenleaf Classics, Michael Thevis' Pendulum, Barney Rosset's Grove Press, and Marvin's Miller's Collectors Press, were among the most visible of the erotica publishers.

Without question, Olympia Press, through their lack of US copyright, provided the lion's share of English-language erotica, unable to protect its materials and thus allowing several of the above publishers to "freely" publish its library of erotic books.    Following on the heels of the success of the pirating of the Olympia Press' CANDY, came the Greenleaf Classics and the Brandon House Library Press series, the latter of which poured its substantial author's fee savings into the highest of production values yet seen by the paperback publishing world -- sturdy cover stock and acid-free interior pages rivaled only by the original Pocket Book paperback series issued before World War II.    Earl Kemp supervised the Greenleaf Classics and The Brandon House Library series was edited by poet, book collector and musician Brian Kirby -- each of whom traveled the world acquiring texts of "classic" erotica.   The editorial staffs of the Grove Press and at Pendulum Publications also discovered erotica texts from abroad and brought them out -- while Marvin Miller of Collector's Press was by far the least industrious and choose instead to enjoy the fruits of the others labors and publish knock-offs of just about any erotic text (including James Joyce's ULYSSES!) appearing from his competitors -- in the simplest text-only covers.   Some of these were the heavily circulated (i.e., "pirated") books from the public domain realm, but some were indeed exclusive, appearing only in the Brandon House Library series. 

Be sure to cross-check the "Writers" and "Artists" and "Themes" areas also!  
New books will be added as they become available.  

   

Here's a multi-publisher catalog selection of 20th Century Erotica.   Look above to explore individual publisher catalogues.  

 
MEMOIRS OF AN EROTIC BOOKSELLER Armand Coppens (W.N. Schors)
Grove Press B-196 (1969)
VERY GOOD
$20
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DEVIL'S ADVOCATE Author uncredited here
No Publisher No date
FINE MINUS
$45
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DOWN SHE GOES

Cockeyed Jennie
Pussy Publications
circa 1940s
FINE MINUS
$45
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THE SCARLET PANSY

The Scarlet Pansy
Robert Scully
Royal Publishers
circa 1950s
VERY GOOD PLUS w/o DJ
$25
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RIDE A WILD BROAD

RIDE A WILD BROAD
Tom Manning
Orig text circa 1940s
Star Dist.
NEAR FINE
$30
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SEX PREY  by Orlando (cover by Shuster?)

SEX PREY
Orlando
Cover art by Joe Shuster?
Orig text circa 1940s
NEAR FINE
$35
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MY LIFE AND LOVES V. 4


MY LIFE AND LOVES V.4
Frank Harris
Obelisk Press (1959)
VERY GOOD or better
$20
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DESIRE AND HELEN

Frances Lengel
Travellers Companion 29
Fourth Printing (1962)
VERY GOOD PLUS
$25/SOLD
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THE WHITE PAPER with preface and illustrations by Jean Cocteau & NAKED BREAST AT HEAVEN'S GATE by Pierre Angelique with preface by Georges Bataille

Jean Cocteau
Georges Bataille
Date Unknown
FINE MINUS
$40/SOLD
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NEXUS

Henry Miller
Obelisk Press (1960)
VERY GOOD or better
$65
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LOLITA First Printing Vol. 1 & 2

Vladimir Nabokov
First Edition/First Printing
Volume One & Two (1955)
VERY GOOD
$4500
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BLACK SPRING

Henry Miller
Obelisk Press (1960)
NEAR FINE or better
$50
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PLEXUS

Henry Miller
Travellers Companion 68
Fourth or fifth Printing (1962)
NEAR FINE
$40
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THE BLACK BOOK

Lawrence Durrell
Travellers Companion 77
First Thus (1959)
NEAR FINE
$95
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THE GINGER MAN Third Olympia Printing

J.P. Donleavy
Third Printing (1960)
VERY GOOD or better
$50
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LOLITA Fourth Printing

Vladimir Nabokov
Fourth Printing (1961)
VERY GOOD
$60
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DISSOLVING

Tim Harrack
Travellers Companion 59
First Printing (1959)
NEAR FINE
$35
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LOLLIPOP

Maxwell Kenton
(Southern & Hoffenberg)
Travellers Companion 64
First Printing Thus (1959)
FINE MINUS / UNREAD
$395
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CANDY

Maxwell Kenton (Southern & Hoffenberg)
721 (1965)
NEAR FINE
$15/SOLD
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THE STORY OF O

Pauline Reage
943 (1965)
NEAR FINE
$12/SOLD
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WOMAN AS A SEXUAL CRIMINAL

Erich Wulffen, MD
2011 (1967)
NEAR FINE
$16
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NIGHTMARE

Marcus Van Heller
2042 (1967)
FINE MINUS
$20
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CONFESSIONS OF AN AUTHOR

Felix Dormann
3012 (1967)
NEAR FINE
$25
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SONIA BY NIGHT

Pierre Berg
3032 (1967)
NEAR FINE
$20
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THE ADVENTURES OF CLAUDIA

Joan Cabot
6002 (1968)
FINE MINUS
$30
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FORBIDDEN PATHS

Monique Vitale
6048 (1969)
FINE MINUS
$40
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MOUSSE

Helena Robertson
6064 (1969)
FINE MINUS
$45
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THE DEALER

Malcolm Spade
6123 (1970)
FINE MINUS
$75
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WHIPPED CREAM

Stephen Genet
6124 (1970)
FINE MINUS
$40
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Maxwell Kenton
GC 101 (1965).
FINE MINUS
$35
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De Sade
GC 201 (1965).
FINE MINUS
$25
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Frank Harris

GC 208 (1965)
VERY GOOD PLUS
$22
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Appolinaire

GC 226 (1965)
FINE MINUS
$20
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Bretonne

GC 229 (1965).
FINE MINUS
$25
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Thomas Peachum

GC 243 (1965).
FINE MINUS
$30
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Willie Baron
GC 251 (1965).
FINE MINUS
$35/SOLD
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Malcolm Nesbit

GC 255 (1965).
FINE MINUS
$35
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Michael Lescaro

GC 265 (1967).
FINE MINUS
$35
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Homer

GC 266 (1965).
FINE MINUS
$35
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La Vrille

GC 269 (1965).
FINE MINUS
$50
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Faustino Perez

GC 271 (1965).
FINE MINUS
$35
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CHECK OUT THIS BOOK! L.H. Walker

GC 303 (1965).
FINE MINUS
$50
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Steve Savage

GC 346 (1965).
FINE MINUS
$35
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Jay Trevor

GC 368 (1965).
FINE MINUS
$35
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CHECK OUT THIS BOOK! Steve Savage

GC 387 (1965).
FINE MINUS
$35
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THE CLUB 1,2,

Noel Quarter
E.L. Publishing L-9,
First Printing (1968)
FINE MINUS
$50
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PORNO-GRAPHICS

Dan Greenburg
Random House
First Printing (1969)
NEAR FINE or better
$35
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CAMPUS SEXPOT

David Carkeet
Univ. of GA Press
First Printing (2005)
FINE MINUS or better
$25
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HARLOTS HOLIDAY

Anonymous
Continental Classics 119
First Printing (1967)
VERY GOOD PLUS OR BETTER
$25
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CORRUPTION

Peter Finchley
Continental Classics 128
First Printing (1968)
NEAR FINE or better
$25
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HAVE ONE ON ME

Ashton Douglass
Continental Classics 130
First Printing (1968)
NEAR FINE or better
$25
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PSYCHIATRIST'S TALE

G. Von Seyfferlitz
Continental Classics 137
First Printing (1968)
NEAR FINE or better
$30
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LES GIRLS

Shawn LeMoyne
Continental Classics 141
First Printing (1968)
NEAR FINE
$35
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SHE COMES ACROSS

Derek Frith
Continental Classics 151
First Printing (1968)
NEAR FINE OR BETTER
$35
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BELLY DANCE

V. Fodor
Continental Classics 172
First Printing (1968)
FINE MINUS
$35
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TAKE IT ALL OFF

Richard M. Fanning
Continental Classics 195
First Printing (1968)
NEAR FINE
$35
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MASSAGE BOY

Michael V. Haas
Continental Classics 262
First Printing (1969)
VERY GOOD PLUS or better
$25
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FLESH AND ECSTASY by Gisele de Roseaux
FLESH AND ECSTASY
Gisele de Roseaux
101 (1970)
FINE MINUS/AS NEW
$45
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SIMONE by Roger Bequet
SIMONE
Roger Bequet
102 (1970)
FINE MINUS/AS NEW
$45
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ARLETTE And her Friends & THE INITIATIONS OF SUZON by Jacques Federeaux
ARLETTE And her Friends
&
THE INITIATIONS OF SUZON
Jacques Federeaux
104 (1970)
FINE MINUS/AS NEW
$45
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S.C.U.M.

Valerie Solanas (Commentary by Paul Krassner)
An Olympia Press Special
First Edition (1968)
FINE MINUS or better/ UNREAD
$150/SOLD
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SPEED

William Burroughs Jr. (Intro by Allen Ginsberg)
The Olympia Press OPS-2
First Printing (1970)
VERY GOOD PLUS
$45
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WITCH POWER

Salambo Forest (pseudonym of Tina Bellini)
The Olympia Press OPS-35
First Printing (1971)
NEAR FINE or better
$40
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THE GINGER MAN

J. P. Donlevy
Ophelia Press
OPH-102 (1968)
VERY GOOD PLUS
$18/SOLD
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FOREVER ECSTASY

Tor Kung (pseudonym of Jean McLean and Jack Gilbert )
Ophelia Press
OPH-119 (1968)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$45
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BELOVED CAPTIVE by Florent d'Asherville (pseudonym of ? )

Florent d'Asherville (pseudonym of ? )
Ophelia Press
OPH-129 (1968)
FINE MINUS
$60
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THE CANNIBALS NEXT DOOR

Norman Singer
Ophelia Press
OPH 158 (1969)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$45
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NUDES IN A LANDSCAPE

Mike Kilpatrick
Ophelia Press
OPH 161 (1969)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$45
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THE MAN WHO RAPED SAN FRANCISCO

Norman Singer
Ophelia Press
OPH 169 (1969)
NEAR FINE or better
$45
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DING DONG BELL, PUSSY'S IN THE WELL by Scott Simeon

Scott Simeon
Ophelia Press
OPH 191 (1970)
FINE / AS NEW
$60
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PAN ON A RAMPAGE by Salambo Forest

Salambo Forest (Pseudonym of Tina Bellini)
Ophelia Press
OPH 198 (1970)
NEAR FINE or better
$60
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A DICK FOR ALL SEASONS

Pablo Kane (Peter Kanto)
Ophelia Press
OPH 206 (1970)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$45
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THE GAS

Charles Platt
Ophelia Press
OPH 216 (1970)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$50/SOLD
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THE SEXUAL LIFE OF ROBINSON CRUSOE

Humphrey Richardson
US Traveller's Companion Series
TC-205 (1967)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$30
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SIN FOR BREAKFAST

Mason Hoffenberg
Beeline/Traveller's Companion Series
TC-210 (1967)
FINE MINUS/UNREAD
$65
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MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME

Tor Kung
US Traveller's Companion Series
TC-214 (1967)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$45
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CRAZY WILD BREAKS LOOSE

Jett Sage (James Jurgens)
US Traveller's Companion Series
TC-429 (1968)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$60
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NAKED JOY

Peter Kanto
US Traveller's Companion Series
TC 472 (1970)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$50/SOLD
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ANGEL IN THE FLESH

Orson Durand (Charles Gorham)
US Traveller's Companion Series
TC 475 (1969)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$95/SOLD
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MAKE LOVE, NOT WATER

William Furber
US Traveller's Companion Series
TC 477 (1970)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$75
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THE GLASS CROTCH

Keith Kerner (Arnold Benson aka Alistair Galt)
American Traveller's Companion Series
TC 478 (1970)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$60
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GIVING IT AWAY

Gerrold Watkins (Barry Malzberg)
US Traveller's Companion Series
TC 479 (1970)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$75/SOLD
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INTO THE PLAYHOUSE

Rowena Scott
US Traveller's Companion Series
TC 481 (1970)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$60/SOLD
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THE GAY HAUNT

Victor Jay (Victor J. Banis)
US Traveller's Companion Series
TC 484 (1970)
FINE MINUS
$60
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THE ORGANIZATION

Harriett Daimler (Iris Owens)
Beeline/Traveller's Companion Series
TC-2218 (1968)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$35
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THE WHIP ANGELS

Selena Warfield (Diane Bataille)
Beeline/Traveller's Companion Series
TC-2220 (1968)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$35
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CRAZY WILD

Jett Sage
Olympia Press Book Society
Hardcover in Dustjacket (1968)
NEAR FINE/FINE MINUS
$20
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CARNAL PRIEST by Father Pierre Almont
CARNAL PRIEST
Father Pierre Almont
103 (1970)
FINE MINUS/AS NEW
$45
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THE CANDY MEN

Niles Southern
Arcade (2004)
FINE MINUS/ FINE MINUS
$20
buy!
VENUS BOUND

John De St. Jorre
Random House (1994)
NEAR FINE / NEAR FINE
$20
buy!
THE SECRET RECORD

Michael Perkins
Morrow (1977)
NEAR FINE
$35
buy!
MR. BOTTOMLEY GOES TO TOWN

Pat Hacken
10 Illustrations
Burden Publications (circa 1946?)
VERY GOOD PLUS
$75
buy!
The Paris Review 1967

Vladimir Nabokov Interview
Summer-Fall 1967
VERY GOOD
$8
buy!
SIR 30.9

SIR 30.9
October 1974
VERY GOOD ONLY
$40
buy!
SIR 31.2

SIR 31.2
January 1975
VERY GOOD ONLY
$50
buy!
SCREEN by Barry Malzberg

Barry Malzberg
The Olympia Press OPS-8
First Paperback Edition 1st Printing (1970)
FINE / AS NEW
$55
buy!
WORLD WHERE SEX WAS BORN by Peter Kanto (pseudonym of Hugh Zachary )

Peter Kanto (pseudonym of Hugh Zachary )
Ophelia Press
OPH-123 (1968)
FINE MINUS
$50
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FRANKENSTEIN '69 by Ed Martin

Ed Martin
US Traveller's Companion Series
TC-440 (1969)
FINE MINUS or better / UNREAD
$75
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SOOKEY by Angelo D'Arcangelo

Angelo D'Arcangelo
US Traveller's Companion Series
TC 465 (1969)
FINE MINUS
$60
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SEXPO DANISH-STYLE by Peter Kanto

Peter Kanto (Hugh Zachary)
US Traveller's Companion Series
TC 485 (1970)
FINE MINUS
$60
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THE LOVER'S CRUSADE by Mary Sativa (pseudonym of Sharon Rudahl Peters)

Mary Sativa (pseudonym of Sharon Rudahl Peters)
The Olympia Press OPS-23
First Printing (1971)
FINE MINUS
$75
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BONDAGE CIRCUS by R. Garbonza MUTRIX

BONDAGE CIRCUS
R. Garbonza
MUTRIX Corp
c. 1960s-1970s
NEAR FINE or better
$25
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RATIONALE OF THE DIRTY JOKE by G. Legman (1971)

Gershon Legman
Grove Press B-268-R
First Black Cat Printing (1971)
VERY GOOD PLUS OR BETTER
$20
buy!
BUSY BODIES by Ed Martin

Ed Martin
The Olympia Press OPS-15
First Printing (1970)
FINE MINUS or better
$75
buy!
20TH CENTURY EROTICA
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