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PHOTOGRAPHIA EROT­ICA HIS­TOR­ICA Minia­ture Book VIN­TAGE EROTIC PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Col­lectible high value leather-bound & gold em­bossed erotic pho­tog­ra­phy minia­ture book Pub­lisher: GO­LIATH ISBN: 978-3-95730-033-1 Book Size: 1¾ x 2¼” - 4,5 x 5,6 cm Pages: 383 Im­ages: 200 Vin­tage Photos Lan­guages: English, Ger­man, Français, Es­pañol, Ital­iano Fin­ish­ing: Hard­cover, Leather-bound, Gold Em­bossed, Card­board Slip­case US$ 59.99 / £ 44.99 / Euro 49.99 con­[email protected]­liath­ www.go­liath­ Go­liath book link: https://www.go­liath­­tail/in­dex/sAr­ti­cle/246


“Photographia Erot­ica His­tor­ica“, a leather-bound minia­ture book with over 380 pages, gold em­bossed, and filled with pho­to­graphic "ob­scen­i­ties" from the turn of the cen­tury. A unique, erotic col­lec­tion of the best book arts. Rem­i­nis­cent of times when printed nu­dity still had to be hid­den, which may be the case again soon.

A minia­ture book is a very small book, sized no larger than 3 inches in height. Th­ese books be­came more pop­u­lar in the last few decades of the 19th cen­tury be­cause they were por­ta­ble and easy to hide. Many are bound in fine leather, gilt and con­tain ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples of wood­cuts, etch­ings, or wa­ter­marks. Sub­jects range from the Bi­ble, en­cy­clo­pe­dias, sto­ries, and of course to the de­sired minia­tur­iza­tion of erot­i­cas. Many are now col­lec­tors' items, with prices rang­ing from a few hun­dred to many thou­sands of US dol­lars.


In 1837, the French painter and in­ven­tor Louis Da­guerre man­aged to take a pho­to­graph of the cor­ner of his stu­dio on to a sil­ver plate. A new medium, that sim­i­larly de­lighted artists like Voyeurs, was born: pho­tog­ra­phy.

Some of the first da­guerreo­types in­cluded nudes pic­tures. The body im­ages linked di­rectly to the pop­u­lar poses in paint­ings and sculp­tures. Well-off artists in par­tic­u­lar were amongst the first own­ers of the, for then, ex­pen­sive and rare cam­eras. While they be­gan ex­per­i­ment­ing with the cre­ative pos­si­bil­i­ties, many of their pupils and less well-off col­leagues used the cheaper nude photos in pref­er­ence to nude mod­els.

A whole new mar­ket was quickly dis­cov­ered with th­ese photos, which con­stantly de­manded new im­ages of real peo­ple.

Many "art lovers" were in­ter­ested in the pho­to­graphic mod­els that de­picted naked women. To this day, pur­chas­ing erotic and porno­graphic pho­to­graphs for "aca­demic pur­poses" is a fa­mil­iar ex­pres­sion and pop­u­lar al­ibi for col­lec­tors and con­sumers.

The in­ven­tion of the wet-col­lo­dion process in 1851 en­abled numer­ous prints of a sin­gle neg­a­tive for the first time. This made it af­ford­able for con­sumers and more prof­itable for mer­chants, cre­at­ing a new storm for th­ese "ob­jects of de­sire". Many pho­tog­ra­phers barely man­aged to keep up with pro­duc­ing new im­ages.

That changed at the end of the 19th cen­tury with the in­tro­duc­tion of the more af­ford­able and sim­pler to use Ko­dak cam­era. Par­tic­u­larly Ge­orge East­man's in­ven­tion of the roll film, which sim­pli­fied tak­ing numer­ous pic­tures con­sec­u­tively, led to an in­crease in the number of purely erotic im­ages.

Th­ese so-called "ob­scen­i­ties" were mostly pro­duced un­der pseu­do­nyms, which is the rea­son why most of the orig­i­nal pro­duc­ers of erotic and porno­graphic pho­to­graphs re­main un­known to­day. The mod­els re­quired for the im­ages were of­ten found in the red-light dis­tricts.

Nat­u­rally, the state tried to ban the pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of such con­tent. How­ever, the tri­umph of pho­tog­ra­phy and of film as a mass medium led to a change in so­ci­eties' per­cep­tion of nu­dity in many coun­tries in the western world. The re­sult was a lib­eral and en­light­ened in­ter­ac­tion with erotic or porno­graphic con­tent.

Wor­ry­ingly, this de­vel­op­ment of tol­er­ance and lib­er­al­ity seems to be rev­ers­ing thanks to resurg­ing re­li­gious and con­ser­va­tive move­ments (be they from the left or right). The start of the 21st cen­tury also marks the start of the resur­gence of cen­sor­ship. That is why it is our plea­sure and task to pub­lish this lit­tle book, which is easy to hide in pub­lic, as an en­ter­tain­ing re­minder of a re­pres­sive time in which nu­dity was still hid­den.

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