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Underdressed (Compact)
Underdressed (Compact)
by Elodie Piveteau
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A Hymn To The Glories Of Women And Their Underwear, 11 Feb 2013
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This small but chunky volume is a sort of coffee-table book for the age of instant coffee, but its quality and value are of the finest Java. Lavishly illustrated in a way that completely avoids the pin-up culture, if offers a thorough survey of the ways fashion has adapted since the days in which a woman's underwear was thought unhygienic. In those days, amongst the many layers of clothing which hid (or at best, hinted at) the perfection that was always a woman's joy of femininity, none could be called an 'intimate' garment in way we would describe female underclothing today; it was simply an unnecessary overlaying of simple shifts and petticoats. Not that this fashion hindered intimate behaviour on the part of lovers, of course; the absence of drawers made intimacy a simple matter of raising the bundled froth of garments, back or front, consensually or not, and driving purposefully towards one's lustful goal. The images that set the visual scene for this book's exposition are subtle and intriguing by turns, and they bring out the artistic wonders of the garments, the female body and (not least), the art of photography It is a book for browsing as much as for education, and it will be a fulsome joy for any enthusiast of women's clothing, particularly their underwear.


The Illustrated Book of Stockings
The Illustrated Book of Stockings
by Christopher Gower
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Jewel - A Hymn Of Praise To The Eroticism Of Stockings, 31 Jan 2013
This delightful addition to the Erotic Print Society's series of charming miniatures deals with the stockings used by females in the years before the convenience of sheer nylon tights supplanted them. Perhaps the reason for their attraction is to do with the tactile distinction between the smooth tingling of the nylon (and before that silk) and the cooler, softer texture of a woman's upper thigh. Gower is an enthusiast of this form of apparel beyond peer, and he has selected a few score of images which display their erotic undertones. This is not a comprehensive history of design manual, simply an offering to Eros in gratitude for his combination of style and arousal that is delineated in stockings, and it succeeds as a paean of praise. A lovely little book.


Sisters in Lust
Sisters in Lust
by Ray Gordon
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A Torrid, Fast-Moving Tale Of Multiple Entanglements, 26 Jan 2013
This review is from: Sisters in Lust (Paperback)
Ray Gordon's reputation for erotic literature is legendary, and this is one of his finest novels. It contains the whole gamut of erotic practices, even including a smattering of erotic punishment and bondage amongst its torrid, quick-fire tale of a young woman who starts with routine entanglements but rapidly accelerates into the further reaches of experience. She experiments with surprising quantities of both male and female partners, always maintaining suspense and an air of deep paranormal mystery. A superb book.


THE OYSTER VOL. 5: The Victorian Underground Magazine of Erotica
THE OYSTER VOL. 5: The Victorian Underground Magazine of Erotica
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2.0 out of 5 stars The 'Tail'End' of a Series of Erotic Extracts, 18 Jan 2013
As would be expected from a fifth volume of extracts from a magazine, this book is light on material, and what there is can be considered patchy and lightweight. As with the earlier volumes it is a collection of late Victorian anecdotes and mostly short stories. The longest of these is a hundred-page parody of a Sherlock Holmes yarn, in which the plot is very thin indeed and the Watson equivalent is reduced to the sort of stud male that is all-too-common in the genre of its time. It will be found of interest to those wanting to complete the 'Oyster' series, but it is difficult to recommend otherwise.


The Wand of Venus: The High History of the Birch Rod
The Wand of Venus: The High History of the Birch Rod
by Jacqueline Ophir
Edition: Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Thorough Collection Of Victorian Writings On The Punishment Birch, 16 Jan 2013
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This volume, an original work published by the redoubtable AKS Books, provides a thorough collection of short extracts from the literature, mostly from the Victorian literature, on the use of bound bundles of birch twigs for the purpose of castigation by beating the stripped nether regions. The punishment method was once common in education and judicial correction, but not only survives in an erotic context. AKS' motivation relates principally to this context, although the extracts given here relate to the other practices. As might be expected from its inclusion of an introduction by the established authority Ian Anthony, it is a superbly produced volume, well supplied with relevant illustrations. It should be an essential part of any book collection of aficionados of corporal punishment.


Woman as Design: Before, Behind, Between, Above, Below
Woman as Design: Before, Behind, Between, Above, Below
by Stephen Bayley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 50.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, Attractive - A New Insight Into Woman's Attraction, 15 Jan 2013
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Many books have appeared on the attractiveness of the female figure, but this excellent volume is different, offering a thoughtful and reasoned study of not only attractiveness but the broader implications of the way a woman uses the visual aspects of her body, and the way these aspects are used by others. It is an insightful book, and it is superbly produced, with a novel cover design - a thing of beauty indeed.


The Plato Papers
The Plato Papers
by Peter Ackroyd
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Ackroyd Masterpiece, 16 Dec 2012
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Peter Ackroyd is best known to me as one of England's finest writers, and an entertaining expert on London and the country it dominates. 'The Plato Papers' is, for me, a brightly illuminating star in an infinitely broader canvas, that of life and its self-perception. All societies seem to throw up outsiders, and the human subject of the society which is here the context is fortunate in having his alien qualities accepted as such without rancour, despite endemic misunderstanding. The setting is a London of the far future, for which present times are pathetically (and amusingly) mistaken, and the character called Plato is found arguing that the accepted world picture of his future existence invites and embraces enlightening comparisons that are unpalatable to this future picture. It is a short novel whose arguments are both clearly set out and startlingly illuminating. A superb book.


Roy Stuart: v. 1
Roy Stuart: v. 1
by Jean-Claude Baboulin
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Collection of Erotic Images, Often on the Wild Side., 14 Dec 2012
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Stuart is a superb photographer of erotic poses involving young women whose physical attributes are familiar rather than exotic, and the style and execution of his work demonstrates his ability to obtain subtle emotions from his voyeurs. Although his subjects are scantily clad, and posed with the intent to arouse, it would be unfair to label his work as pornographic, even if the arousal he obtains relates to the wilder side of erotic activity. This collection is replete with rubber-encased servants of their mistresses, and hints of erotic bondage These pictures are a delight, transcending the norm on erotic imagery.


The Rear View: A Brief and Elegant History of Bottoms Through the Ages
The Rear View: A Brief and Elegant History of Bottoms Through the Ages
by Jean-Luc Hennig
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Entertaining Verbal View of the (Female) Human Bottom, 1 Dec 2012
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This book is a treasure trove to be welcomed by those of us who are under the erotic spell of the human backside, principally (but not exclusively) that possessed by the female of the species. The translators of the French original, Margaret Crosland and Elfreda Powell clearly enjoyed their work, and as far as I can tell they have dealt most creditably in rendering the idiosyncrasies of the French tongue into credible English idiosyncrasies. The book is a collection of 32 short essays, each dealing with just about every conceivable aspect of their fleshily rounded subject including, if I may dare to speak its name, or at least refer to it, its 'biologically inconceivable' usage. The book draws on many little known French artistic depictions of bottoms, and little-known literary descriptions, and the book's shortcoming relates to its inability to present all of the potentially helpful images in its size and format. The images that are included are necessarily perfunctory and indicative rather than truly useful. I admit that a completely satisfactory treatment would be well beyond the book's scope and cost, but I do see this as a flaw, however unavoidable it may be.


Gentleman's Relish
Gentleman's Relish
by James Graham
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars An Erotic Anthology Presenting Lesser-Known Items, 1 Dec 2012
This review is from: Gentleman's Relish (Paperback)
This anthology of Victorian/Edwardian erotica deals with the gap left by publishers of the major works that lie within this genre, although it might well be wished that it filled that gap rather more comprehensively. Graham provides a helpful introductory note regarding the tastes of the era, and the provides extracts from a range of books and magazines including 'Harris' List of Covent Garden Ladies' (1789) and 'The Pearl', both of which are relatively available. He goes on to lesser-known publications such as 'The Rambler's Magazine', 'The Bon-Ton Magazine', and 'The Exquisite', concentrating on flagellatory practices. 'Temporary strangulation' makes one of its earliest appearances in the genre. An interesting contribution for its date of issue, and the rarity of its contents.


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