Wednesday, 6 April 2011


ISBN-13: 978-1-57392-678-2
Writer: Luke Ford
Title: ΑΑ Ηιστο
Subtitle: 100 Years of Sex in Films
Language: English
Place of Publication: Amherst, N.Y.
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Year of Publication: 1999
Format: 155x234mm
Pages:252; Bibliography, 235; Index, 243
Illustrations: 1 single colour of the writer on back flap by Stefan Valero
Cover design: Emily Egan
Binding: Black boards in colour dust jacket
Weight: 604gr.
Original Price: N/A
Entry No.: 2011009
Entry Date: 6th April  2011


This in-depth, comprehensive history of cinematic pornography is the first book of an y kind to detail sex in film. It probes the earliest attempts of a century ago and chronicles the proliferation of porn to the present, concentrating on the last quarter-century since the legendary Deep Throat, when porn penetrated popular culture.

Luke Ford is the best-known source on the contemporary world of pornography –the only journalist writing about the industry, yet not employed by the industry. It is this unique position that gives Ford the objectivity he needs to successfully complete a project t such as this.

Bold and compelling, A History of X takes readers on a delicious romp through the back rooms and film studios of the fascinating array of characters who gave porn its start in the 1900s as a dring and risqué attempt at sexual freedom, and explains how it transformed into the closed-door, multi-million-dollar corporate film machine that operates today.

Tracing the origins of pornography to novels written in the 1650s, Ford follows the progression of the genre, providing a close examination of the themes that still trigger male arousal today, and the films that celebrate them: adultery, lesbianism, bondage, and group sex, to name just a few.

Relying on extensive interviews with major players in the porn world as well as a wide array of printed sources, Ford details the controversial careers of such top stars as Linda Lovelace, Harry Reems, Traci Lords, Max Hardcore, and Ginger Lynn, among others. Ford reveals the great benefits and tragic consequences that sometimes result from the fame –and infamy –associated with porn. Ford also boldly tracks the producers and distributors behind the movies, from the once secret Mafia influences to the false claims of victimization by some porn stars.

Extensively researched and documented, A History of X provides a fascinating expose of a business few dare to touch.


ISBN-10: 0-404-16034-4
Writer: Taylor Stoehr
Title: Free Love in America
Subtitle: A Documentary History
Preface: Taylor Stoehr
Language: English
Place of Publication: New York, N.Y.
Publisher: AMS Press, Inc.
Year of Publication: 1979
Format: 136x222mm
Pages: xiv+653; Index of Names, 639
Illustrations: 28 single colour pictures and sketches
Binding: Cloth without dust jacket
Weight: 940gr.
Original Price: N/A
Entry No.: 2011008
Entry Date: 6th April  2011


Stoehr's exhaustive introduction gives historical context to the issues and the colorful characters of the 'Free Love' movement in nineteenth-century America. The bulk of this volume consists of excerpts, each introduced by the author, from rare tracts by and against advocates of variant life styles. Among the proponents are Robert Dale Owen, Thomas and Mary Nichols, Ida Craddock, Sylvester Graham, Victoria Woodhull, and John Humphrey Noyes; most powerful among the adversaries, the censor Anthony Comstock. Numerous illustrations bring us closer to these volatile times of sexual revolution and emancipation, where issues of communalism, women's rights, birth control, and the individual's right to choose a way of life apart from society were raised and discussed.

Friday, 1 April 2011



ISBN-10: N/A
Writer: H. Montgomery Hyde
Title: A History of Pornography
Introduction: Morris L. Ernst
Edition: American Edition First Printing
Language: English
Place of Publication: New York, N.Y.
Publisher: Farrarar, Straus and Giroux
Year of Publication: 1965
Format: 142x209mm
Pages: ix+246; Appendix, 208; Bibliography, 234; Index, 237
Illustrations: None
Binding: Red cloth in duotone dust jacket
Weight: 480gr.
Original Price: USD 4.50
Entry No.: 2011007
Entry Date: 1st April 2011


Pornography (from the Greek pornographos, literally the “writing of harlots”) has probably been the companion of man for as long as the Oldest Profession. It is usually defined as a work that is “obscene” and excites sexual passions or desires, but as D. H. Lawrence wrote, “what is pornography to one man is the laughter of genius to another.”

Mr. Hyde traces the history of pornography from ancient times to the present with emphasis on the increased dissemination of licentious literature after the invention of the printing press. As a lawyer and a man of letters, he writes cogently and clearly about the famous censorship cases of recent years:  Ulysses, The Well of Loneliness,, Tropic of Cancer, Memoirs of Hecate County, Fanny Hill, and many others. Censorship, Mr. Hyde observes, is self-defeating and encourages underground pornography; the reign of Queen Victoria saw an extraordinary proliferation of erotica, and Moncton Milnes (Lord Houghton) was forced to use the Queen’s diplomatic pouch for smuggling in highly prized items from Constantinople. Lord Houghton is one of several well-known men, including Coventry Patmore, Alfred Kinsey, and the elder J. P. Morgan, who for various reasons acquired important libraries of erotica. Mr. Hyde also includes extensive information on the publishers of pornography, including The Olympia Press of Paris, which offers both “hardcore” pornography (Who Pushed Paula?) and literature (Lolita, The Ginger Man).

Morris L. Ernst, in his introduction, stresses the changing attitudes of the courts towards controversial books and illustrations. H. Montgomery Hyde, the distinguished barrister and criminologist, is the author of Room 3603 and Oscar Wilde: The Aftermath. A History of Pornography  is an erudite, sophisticated, and frequently amusing study of the “dark side” of the arts. Appendix, bibliography, index.


Τitle: The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Volume 376, March 1968
Subtitle: Sex and the Contemporary American Scene
Publisher: The American Academy of Political and Social Science, Philadelphia, PA
Special Editor of this Volume: Edward Sagarin
Language: English

Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Frequency: Bi-monthly
Format: 157x234mm (trimmed)
Pages: viii+232
Illustrations: None
Binding: Paperback in single colour printed wrappers
Weight: 375gr.

Single Copy: USD 2.50 (paperbound) • USD 3.50 (clothbound)
Subscription rates: (6 issues), USD 10.00 (paperbound) • USD 14.00 (clothbound)

(1) Taking Stock of Studies of Sex by Edward Sagarin
(6) The Decline and Fall of the Double Standard by Erwin O. Smigel and Rita Seiden
(18) The Beige Epoch: Depolarization of Sex Roles in America by Charles Winick
(25) Sex and Family Life by J. Richard Udry
(36) Attitudes toward Sex in American “High Culture” by Robert Boyers
(53) Sex Education and the Roles of School and Church by Mary S. Calderone
(61) Sexual Patterns in Three Ethnic Subcultures of an American Underclass by Bernard Rosenberg and Joseph Bensman
(76) Sex Behavior and the American Class Structure: A Mosaic by Theodore N. Ferdinand
(86) The “Sexless Older Years” – A Socially Harmful Stereotype by Isadore Rubin
(96) Sexual Manifestations of Emotionally  Disturbed Behavior by Albert Ellis
(106) Sexual Deviance in Contemporary America by John H. Gagnon and William Simon
(123) Prostitution in the United States by T. C. Esselstyn
(136) Abortion by Edwin M. Schur
(148) Sex Offenses and Sex Offenders by Donal E. J. MacNamara
(160) Book Department
(213) Letters to the Editor
(221) Index