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Curious Pleasures: A Gentleman's Collection of Beastliness

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  22 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
It has been rumored that the finest libraries in Victorian England kept this tome under lock and key, permitting access only to doctors and professors. Scotland Yard had a copy in its reference library, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself may have been allowed access to this work. There are somewho claim that this encyclopaedic treasure of erotic pleasures—still shocking to ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Virgin Books (first published October 4th 2007)
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T. K. Elliott
Apr 02, 2016 T. K. Elliott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, biology
With well over a hundred separate monographs and over fifty pen-and-ink illustrations this book tells you tells you all (or possibly more) than you want to know about katoptronolagnia, nipiomimetophilia and many other beastly practises you never knew existed.

Obviously well researched (by the indefatigable and self-sacrificing Rev. E. St J. Croom), and containing illustrative anecdotes along with scientific explanation, one can use this volume as a textbook, an instruction manual, or a kind of hi
Buzz Ryan
Oct 14, 2011 Buzz Ryan rated it it was amazing
I loved this book for a couple different reasons.

One- Since becoming a steampunk geek I can no longer see the world of Dickens and Austin the same way, driving me closer to the grasps of Verne, Wells, and Burroughs! Drop in a giant steampowered robot into it and I am there!

Two- Having read the Other Victorians I was ready to crush my skull with a sledgehammer. Awesome book but made me feel creepy.

SO! Reading this was a none-stop laughfest! It is so irreverent and pokes so much fun at itself and
Mark Farley
Jun 23, 2013 Mark Farley rated it it was amazing
Written in the style of an old Victorian facsimile, not unlike the Pimp General Jack Harris' List of Covent Garden Ladies. This list, encyclopaedia if you will, of all manner of deviances. Written in that light, literary and often humorous style of the Victorians, it's presented in a gloriously bound, retro way, complete with curious illustrations of ridiculously curved, supple felines (and other chaps, of course) in all manner of states. It's a lot of fun and very well written. Where else can y ...more
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