Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Clandestine American explicit novels 1930s/'50s

Captain DuFour and the Madam by John Fuchem, printed for the French Modern Art Society, Paris, France 1933 epitomizes the underground, illegal, illustrated fiction that began to surface in the late 1920s in the United States. Out of fear of prosecution and the desire to make money without the burning passions to publish a break through erotic novel, the world of the erotic "readers" flourished in the United States until the mid-1950s. 

Popular locales for fictitious publishers included Paris, London and Havana, Cuba. Most were published in New York City occasionally printed with letterpress covers on art paper. Some of the titles posted here: Lascivious Lena (complete in four volumes), Forbidden Fruit, Tableaux Vivant (publication date 1889!), Six Hours of Love, Realistic Pleasures and The Doctor. These and other "readers" from an extensive collection will soon be available for purchase in our eBay store.


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