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Curious Pleasures: A Gentleman's Collection of Beastliness

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The best libraries in Victorian Britain kept this tome under lock and key, permitting access only to doctors and professors. Scotland Yard had a copy in their reference library, and even Sherlock Holmes may have had recourse to a copy in certain investigations. In private collections across the English speaking world, it was kept on top shelves, or safely stowed in locked ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 4th 2007 by Virgin Books
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Buzz Ryan
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
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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