Warning:- If you are easily offended do not read this review, and definitely do not buy this book.
This book contains two novellas taken from that infamous and now defunct magazine The Pearl (eighteen issues published between 1879-80). The first tale is Lady Pokingham (who indeed loves to be poked). The story is her memoir which she writes as she lies dying from Consumption, and contains scenes of uderage sex, hetero, sapphic, and gay. With orgies and lots of flagellation we also have incest and a secret Catholic sisterhood who service the clergy and by the use of depravity seduce powerful men into Catholicism. Indeed this is a heady brew to keep you more than interseted.
The second tale is La Rose D'Amour. In this a young man is introduced to sex when his cousins come and stay. When he returns to Paris with them they iniate him into an exclusive club where orgies take place admist its opulent surroundings. Here our hero, Louis becomes fascinated to an extent with the exotic East, as so many did at that time. He decides to create his own seraglio and recruits women to be his playthings, he also travels to Constantinople to buy women and eunuchs, etc. Whilst there he also abducts women which he also does in Spain. There is some underage sex and sodomy along with sapphic love in this tale; what will offend many is the abduction and drugging of women so that he can rape them.
If you have an interest in the erotic genre through the centuries this will be a must have, indeed if you are interested in the fin de siecle you will probably also enjoy these two tales. This book will never be mainstream but if you are a 'discerning' gentleman and can put aside thoughts of morality and law you may find this book great escapism.