Title Album of Sixteen Hand-Colored Plates of Erotica
Binding Half Calf over Floral Fabric
Book Condition Very Good
Seller ID 001510
Circa 1820, almost surely of Italian origin, and probably Neopolitan. Erotica undoubtedly goes back to when the first artists scrawled figures onto cave walls, but being that so much of it is by its nature and intent "ephemera", it is elusive finding much of it created in pre-Victorian "Modern" Europe. From the dress and adornments we can date these unsigned, undated plates as from approximately 1820. The racy, raucous and raunchy vignettes, some very funny, should speak for themselves, but surely they suggest that when it comes to things priapic, phallic and pornographic, the purveyors of such in our "liberated" times were just imitators. The drawings also make broad swipes at the Church, and therein lies much of the fun. The book is an oblong 8.5 by 7 inches, or 22 by 17.5 cm, and the images are all contained or held down by thick frames and then protected by tissue guards. There is some finger soiling here and there but in general the pictorials are bright and clean. Some scuffing to the leather of the binding.