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La Prostitution Contemporaine; Etude d'une question sociale

La Prostitution Contemporaine; Etude d'une question sociale


Taxil, Léo. Paris: Librairie Populaire, [1883, 84]. 508 pp. 8 engraved plates. Tall 8vo. 1/2 red morocco on raised bands, with marbled boards. Some rubbing to edges, head and tail of spine lightly rubbed, corners gently bumped, some toning to edges of text block and interior. Overall very good. Published in parts.

Exposé on 19th century French prostitution by Léo Taxil, pen name of Marie Joseph Gabriel Antoine Jogand-Pagès. Includes several excellent engravings of imagined or envisioned debauchery. OCLC locates only two copies, both in the UK.

Taxil was perhaps best known for the Taxil Hoax, in which he managed to call out both Freemasonry and the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to it by pretending to convert to Catholicism for several years while publishing spurious volumes on demons and satanism under the name Diana Vaughan. If that sounds like some Umberto Eco shit, that's because it totally is.

20% of the proceeds from the sale of this volume will be donated to the St. James Infirmary in San Francisco, California, a peer-based organization that works to provide health and safety services for sex workers of all genders in the Bay Area. (291)

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