orthent (orthent) wrote in little_details,

Naughty Victorians

Setting: Late Victorian or early Edwardian England

A comfortable and (more or less) respectable male novelist, who has probably never written anything likely to Bring a Blush to the Cheek of the Young Person, is about to be seduced by a not-so-respectable male colleague who writes scandalous, lascivious books with titles like The Curious Sofa.

I'm hoping that someone can tell me something about the production values of pr0n, circa 1900. Where was it printed, how was it sold, how was it described (by people who read and sold it, and by people who considered themselves too proper to do so), and was there anything about the appearance of a pornographic book that immediately, before you even opened it, marked it as porn--like the binding or type of paper?

I've Googled "Victorian porn," which got me information about My Secret Life, "The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon," an interesting-looking book on Modernism, Mass Culture, and the Aesthetics of Obscenity, and several references to the British Library's legendary, closely-guarded collection of porn, but nothing to my purpose.
Tags: 1890-1899, ~sex, ~victorian era

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