Tuesday, 25 October 2011


Editor: Philip Nobile
The New Eroticism
Subtitle: Theories, Vogues and Canons
Introduction: Philip Nobile
Language: English
Edition: First Edition
Place of Publication: New York
Random House, Inc.
Year of Publication: 1970
Format: 145x218mm
Pages: xii+240
Jacket Design: Bob Cuevas
Binding: Cloth spine and boards in duotone dust jacket
Weight: 500gr.
Original Price: N/A
Entry No: 2011020
Entry Date: 25th October 2011


“There is no effective sexual calculus, no social science to measure sexual change,” Philip Nobile writes. “And the available evidence on the so-called sex revolution is purely circumstantial.” We are obviously in a period of experimentation in this area-some of it directed toward an attempt to redefine our habits and needs. Much of the writing in this volume describes various facets of the current scene, guesses at the future, and analyzes the implications of the new freedoms of choice. But implicit even there are the deeper questions that emerge out of the work of such men as Norman O. Brown and Herbert Marcuse that ponder not only our history of sexual mores but what it means to be a sexual human being.

Professors Brown and Marcuse are represented by excerpts from Life Against Death and Eros and Civilization; they resurrect the body and abolish repression in a reinterpretation of Freud. The essays that follow, with their descriptions of the new styles and new standards in sexual behavior, demonstrate the connection between changing consciousness and society’s views and the actng out (or stamping out) of certain sexual impulses. E.J. Hobsbawn discusses the connection between modern political and sexual revolutions.

The next group is led off by Ernest Becker’s “Everyman as Pervert” and Thomas Nigel’s “Sexual Pervesrion,” two philosophic articles that recount and criticize the clichés about what constitutes sexual perversion. This is followed by  decriptions of some things that pass for perversion: voyeurism (by Dorothy Kalins); “The New Homosexuality,” by Tom Burke; “Naked Therapy,” by Paul Bindrim; body painting (by Joe Mancini).

Literature and pornography are treated by George Steiner and Kenneth Tynan. There are articles on the enormously successful Playboy and Screw, and Jeremy Bugler writes about sex in advertising in “The Sex Sell.”

The performing arts are victims of creeping sex. Robert Craft covers topless Hollywood girls and other phenomena, such as Oh!Calcutta!, and there are comments on Che, Sex Rock, and “Pop Sex” – the last, a sex mores fantasy by Craig Karpel.

Charles Winick takes a dismal view of the decline of libido in “The Desexualized Society,” and Dan Greenburg lampoons the sex-lab technique in “Was It Good for You, Too?,” a satire on the Johnson-Masters experiments.

Two interpretations clash on female orgasm: Susan Lydon’s “Liberating Woman’s Orgasm” and Leslie Farber’s “The Traditional O.”

Derek Wright in “Sex: Instinct or Appetite?” argues that there is a profound, necessary, and needed connection between sex and affection.

The New Eroticism is a serious and comic anthology of readings on the sex revolution –which asks the question whether our sexual government has been overthrown and a radical new consciousness achieved or whether we are merely writing new stage directions for the same old play.


Editors: Ruth and Edward Brecher
An Analysis of Human Sexual Response
Introduction: Ruth and Edward Brecher
Language: English
Edition: Second Impression, May 1967
Place of Publication: London
Andre Deutsch Limited
Year of Publication: 1967
Format: 141x222mm
Pages: xiv+318; Bibliography of Dr. William H. Masters and his Associates, 313
Binding: Green cloth in duotone dust jacket
Weight: 545gr.
Price: 42s
Entry No: 2011019
Entry Date: 25th October 2011


No medical book has caused a greater stir among laymen than Human Sexual Response by Dr William H Masters and Mrs Virginia A. Johnson. It described research which was a landmark in its field: for the first time laboratory study had been made of human beings in sexual action. The physical responses of 382 women and 312 men had been observed and analysed, with findings of the first importance to the understanding of such matters as male and female orgasm, frigidity, impotence, contraception, sterility, sex during pregnancy and sex in middle and old age.

The present book is in four parts. The Work of Masters and Johnson is an easily understood account of the purposes of the research, the way in which the Masters-Johnson team went about it, the problems it encountered, and what its results were; Other Sex Research relates it to the findings of other scientists; Practical Applications of Sex Research deals with its uses in marriage counseling, sex education and the treatment of sex difficulties; and Sex Research and Our Culture presents the pros and cons of such studies in relation to society in general.

Ruth and Edward Brecher and the team of experts assembled by them have produced a book full of information and insights rarely available outside the closed circuit of medical journals. They offer the general reader a sounder and deeper understanding of sexual processes than has ever been available in the past.

Sunday, 23 October 2011


Writers:Simon Szreter and Kate Fisher
Title: Sex Before the Sexual Revolution

Subtitle: Intimate Life in England 1918-1963
Language: English
Place of Publication: Cambridge
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year of Publication: 2011
Format:152x226mm (trimmed)
Pages: viii+466; Bibliography, 421: Index, 445
Cover Illustration: Charlie (born 1901, a factory storeman) and Ethel (born 1911, a bookkeeper) of Paddington, in the mid-1930s before their marriage in 1937 (author’s family photograph)
Cover Design: Jackie Taylor
Binding: Paperback in sepia toned wrappers
Weight: 742gr.
Price: GBR 19.99
Entry No.: 2011021
Entry Date: 4th November 2011


What did sex mean for ordinary people before the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, who were often pitied by later generations as repressed, unfulfilled and full of moral anxiety? This book provides the first rounded, first-hand account of sexuality in marriage in the early and mid-twentieth century. These award-winning authors look beyond conventions of silence among the respectable majority to challenge stereotypes of ignorance and inhibition. Based on vivid, compelling and frank testimonies from a socially and geographically diverse range of individuals, the book explores a spectrum of sexual experiences, from learning about sex and sexual practices in courtship, to attitudes to the body, marital ideals and birth control. It demonstrates that while the era's emphasis on silence and strict moral codes could for some be a source of inhibition and dissatisfaction, for many the culture of privacy and innocence was central to fulfilling and pleasurable intimate lives.

Thursday, 20 October 2011


Writer: Nigel Yates
Love Now, Pay Later?
Subtitle:  Sex and religion in the fifties and sixties
Preface: Nigel Yates and Paula Yates
Language: English
Place of Publication: London
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
Year of Publication: 2010
Format: 151x235x6mm (trimmed)
Pages: x+198 printed on paper from sustainable forests; Appendices, 155; Notes, 161; Further reading and viewing, 183; Index, 193
Illustrations: 7 black and white pictures and 9 single colour tables
Cover Design: Sarah Smith
Cover Image: Lady Chatterley©Hulton Archive / Getty Images
Binding: Paperback in duotone wrappers
Weight: 338gr.
Entry No.: 2011018
Entry Date: 20th October 2011


‘Nigel Yates’s last book is a brilliant re-examination of the myth of the Swinging Sixtiesˮ. With his customary assiduity, he has assembled a remarkable range of evidence exploring the connections between public opinion, church influence, permissive legislation, and the cultural and social changes of the era which altered the landscape of modern Britain. In a finely balanced conclusion, he challenges the conventional view of the 1950s as the last flourish of a puritanical religious moralism, and shows how religious opinion lay as much on the side of progressive change as against it. This is a worthy memorial to the life and work of an outstanding scholar.’
Jeremy Morris, Dean of Trinity Hall, Cambridge