Cosmopoli, Privately Printed, 1889. Hardcover. Stated publication date of 1889 is more likely closer to 1920. One of only 100 copies privately published in the U.S. somewhere between 1900 and 1920, likely antedated in order to avoid censorship and prosecution, as the book was not legal in the U.S. until 1966. Considered the first pornographic novel, and certainly one of the most controversial and widely banned books of all time. "The first edition appeared in two installments in 1748 and 1749. A great many editions appeared since, nearly all of which were published in drastically-altered form. It has been the work of the editor to see that the text of the best edition, that of 1749, has been strictly followed, except in orthography..." (from the Introduction). 289pp. 8vo, bound in firebrick-red, full Niger Morocco; with raised bands, ruled and lettered in gilt; silk ribbon marker bound in; marbled endpapers. Near fine.
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