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An Oxford Thesis on Love: In Which L. Erectus Mentulus, Ph.D, late fellow of Oxford College, draws from his various experiences for the instruction, entertainment and greater zest of his colleagues, friends and admirers.

Taos, New Mexico [NYC]: Self-published, 1938. First Edition. Original Wraps. Frontispiece believed to have been by Emile Ganso. An rather scarce first edition of this erotic work, reproduced repeatedly over the years. Occasionally found with tipped in b/w photos (unclear if called for as this was not uncommonly done by 'local sellers' to tart up copies and push sales). The work is comprised as a collection of Socratic dialogues, with the 'professor' presenting tales of told by common folk (barber, salesman, druggist, etc.) reveling in the joy of women and female sexuality. Ironically, the author was a Hollywood publicist, and had been an executive at The Hays Office for several years prior to this publication. [Kearney Private Case p. 52]. The Hays Office was, of course, Hollywood's self-censorship bureau and that it's executive publicist was writing porn is rather pleasing.
Early mimeo sexually explicit series. It is difficult to find these early, mimeo examples of sexually explicit prose and, for all the usual reasons, it is harder still to find complete multi-volume sets. Poorly printed, poorly bound, and of subject matter that was often disposed of rather than tended to, they seldom pass the test of time. This is especially true of these early, 'full sized sheet' copies, with a relatively small number of examples in various collections. As printed illustration was beyond the technology used, these are illustrated with four b/w photographs in each volume. Good in Wraps. Moderate shelf/edge wear, chips at head and tail, chip at top of front wrapper, some loss to overlapped wraps edges, rear wrap split at joint but present, light even soiling, else tight, bright, and unmarred. Blue paper wraps, stringbound, cream paper label with red ink lettering, frontispiece, mimeo printed only on the recto. 4to. 122pp. Illus. (colored plate). Limited edition of 100 copies, "done into a book by the hand of the author." Item #10489

Price: $550.00

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