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DefinitionKept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose.--American Heritage Dictionary
Anonymityhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_anonymously_published_works [Feb 2005]
Transacted, given, or sold illicitly. --AHD
Secretly, surreptitiously, as in I'm sure they're selling liquor to minors under the counter. This expression most often alludes to an illegal transaction, the counter being the flat-surfaced furnishing or table over which legal business is conducted. It was first recorded in 1926. --AHD
Under-the-counter word sample from jahsonic.com [Jun 2005]:
... This mask of anonymity for a book with a strange title found for sale more often than not 'under the counter' was bound to create an aura of mystery. ...
The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959) - Russ Meyer
... typically distributed "under the counter" in 16 mm black and white movies, or naturist pictures, openly displayed in specialized movie theaters, ...
The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959)
Jay A. Gertzman
... he had run a library of classic under the counter titles for which wealthy patrons ... and adventure fiction with above and under the counter erotica. ...
Jay A. Gertzman
... Initially sold in white boxes under the counter, adult cinemas (who up until now had only dared show nudie-cuties) began screening split-beavers as a ...
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Clandestine publishing during World War II
The exhibition ‘Press(ure) Points. Clandestine publishing during World War II’ uncovers seldom shown pieces: publications by the secret or clandestine press in Antwerp during World War II.
During World War II, printing presses never really stopped in the city of printers Plantin and Moretus (see pages 7 and 8) or elsewhere in Flanders. The clandestine press voiced opinions that were forbidden by German censorship - a dangerous job, which the exhibition ‘Press(ure) Points’ wishes to pay homage to. Today, those clandestine writings form an important source of information for anyone studying the resistance; and offer a critical insight into the Belgian, Flemish and Antwerp resistance during World War II. Visitors to ‘Press(ure) Points’ will see such documents, and be given scientific background information. It is a historical exhibition that branches into the present, with documents that show how the media function in times of war, how facts get twisted, how men and women are forced to make choices whose consequences they can not possibly foresee. Their writings are the preserved doubts, fears and convictions of a time when democracy and human rights were in serious crisis - with underneath the pervasive power of words and peaceful resistance.
A Rare Occasion: ’50 Top Pieces’
In February/March 2005 the Municipal Library will exhibit 50 of the top pieces in its collection. Curators (professors L. Simons and P. Delsaert, plus Municipal Library staff member Maurice Bronselaer) carefully weighed up which 50 pieces from the collection were to be taken out of the archives and basements; their criteria being: rarity, preciousness and aesthetics, and coming up with a selection of pieces from all fields. Since 1980, the Municipal Library has indeed systematically collected Antverpiensia, Dutch literature, history of literature and culture in both Flanders and the Netherlands, history of the Flemish Movement and old prints. Alongside this semi-permanent exhibition, a bilingual, illustrated publication is in the making, in which various specialists comment on the form and content of the selected works.
‘PRESS(URE) POINTS. CLANDESTINE PUBLISHING DURING WORLD WAR II’ IS AN EXHIBITION BY THE ANTWERP MUNICIPAL LIBRARY, AMSAB (INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL HISTORY), SOMA (STUDY AND DOCUMENTATION CENTRE FOR WAR AND PRESENT-DAY SOCIETY – A FEDERAL BODY), THE WHITE BRIGADE/FIDELIO AND HERITAGE CELL ANTWERP – FROM 25 SEPTEMBER TO JANUARY 16TH 2005 – OPEN FROM 13H TO 17H, EXCEPT MONDAYS – TICKETS €3/2 – FREE FOR THE UNDER-18s – INFORMATION: + 32 (0)3 206 87 10 AND HTTP://STADSBIBLIOTHEEK.ANTWERPEN.BE
Clandestine Erotic Fiction in English, 1800-1930: A Bibliographic Study (1993) - Peter MendesThis work provides bibliographical descriptions of all printings of erotic fiction issued clandestinely during the period 1800-1930. By "clandestine" the author means books whose publishers and printers attempt to hide their identies, usually by offering title pages whose misleading places and dates of publication may shock and amuse, but which always aim to mystify. Using internal and external evidence, an attempt is made to establish who were the printers, booksellers and publishers, English and Continental, involved in this trade. The printing families or "groups" into which a large percentage of the material falls are classified, accompanied by illustrations which identify the main printing characteristics ("house styles") of the groups. Bibliographical descriptions follow a checklist of clandestine catalogues - these provide important evidence for dating, pricing and sales "sales pitch" and information on items of which no copies can now be traced. The work concludes with a series of appendices which provide significant external evidence, and three indexes: of themes, titles and names. Peter Mendes' research builds on and extends the pioneering work of the Victorian collector and bibliographer H.S. Ashbee, "Pisanus Fraxi". --Clandestine Erotic Fiction in English, 1800-1930: A Bibliographic Study (1993) - Peter Mendes [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
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