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Bibliophilia is the love of books; a bibliophile is a lover of books.

The classic bibliophile, such as Samuel Pepys, is one who loves to read, admire and collect books, often nurturing a large and specialised collection. By definition a bibliophile does not necessarily want to possess the books they love; an alternative would be to admire them in old libraries. However the bibliophile is usually an avid book collector, sometimes pursuing scholarship in the collection, sometimes putting form above content with an emphasis on old, rare, and expensive books, first editions, books with special or unusual bindings, autographed copies, etc.

The term bibliophile can also be applied to one who has an obsessive fondeness for books, perhaps amounting to bibliomania. This is most often seen in compulsive hoarders, identifiable by the fact that the number of unread books in their possession is continually increasing relative to the total number of books they possess; and read. Extreme bibliophilia may amount to a diagnosed psychological condition. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliophilia [Jan 2005]

The Eroticabibliophile.com

The Eroticabibliophile.com by Sheryl Straight:

The main focus of Eroticabibliophile.com is on the illustrators and illustrations from rare vintage erotic and clandestine literature that were published in Europe between the 19th and early 20th century. Represented are artists such as Martin van Maele, Gene Bilbrew, Felicien Rops, Luc Lafnet {aka Jim Black}, Jean Macorlan, etc. There are also detailed checklists of works published by Charles Carrington and his agents, Jean Fort (Collection des Orties Blanches), as well as artist checklists, and title pages of vintage erotica.

The content in this website has been compiled through extensive research using published and unpublished erotica bibliographies, art books, online library catalogues, auction catalogues, bookseller holdings, personal and private collections and, last but definitely not least, scholars, colleagues and friends who have kindly shared with me their knowledge of erotic literature.

Since these pages will always be a work in progress I update this website on a fairly regular basis as I compile and/or receive information. I make every effort to be as accurate as possible. However, if you do find an error in one of the listings please contact me.

--Sheryl Straight, The Erotica Bibliophile http://www.eroticabibliophile.com [Aug 2004]

Erotomaniacs timeline

Research for this page was based on information gathered from the following sources:

Datenschlag Chronicle of Sadomasochismus. http://www.Datenschlag.org.
Gibson, Ian. The Erotomaniac. Da Capo Press, 2001.
Kearney, Patrick. A History of Erotic Literature. Macmillan, 1984.
Kinsey Institute. http://www.kinseyinstitute.org
Magnus-Hirschfeld Archive for Sexuality. http://www2.rz.hu-berlin.de/sexology/
Marchand, Henry. The French Pornographers. Book Awards, 1965.
Mendes, Peter. Clandestine Erotic Fiction in English 1800-1930. Scolar Press, 1998

--Copyright 2003 Sheryl Straight via http://www.eroticabibliophile.com/people19.html [Aug 2004]

Patrick J. Kearney on Eroticabibliophile.com

This is how Patrick J. Kearney introduces The Erotica Bibliophile:
Sheryl Straight's The Erotica Bibliophile is an elegant and well-designed site dedicated to erotic art and publishers from approx. 1880 through 1950, with an emphasis on s&m and related themes. It is particularly valuable for its checklists of publishers such as Carrington and Fort, and artists like Martin Van Maele. The choice of artwork throughout the site, including many bibliographically useful titlepages, cannot be recommended highly enough. A most valuable resource. --http://www.sonic.net/%7Epatk/Links.html [Sept 2004]

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