The author has created a portrait of Ashbee, a man who happily supported his unsuspecting wife and four children, but spent his spare time cataloguing such risque titles as "Miss Bellasis Birched for Thieving" and "The Marchioness' Amorous Pastimes". The work includes access to Ashbee's diaries.
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Ian Gibson's celebrated biography Federico Garcia Lorca: A Life won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His biography of Salvador Dali was published in 1997 to much critical acclaim. He lives near Granada in southern Spain.Review :
'Here is the lust that dare not speak its name: Victoria may not have been amused; but I guarantee that you'll be.' Sunday Express '[A] gripping, finely researched jewel of a book.' Sunday Times
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Description du livre Faber & Faber, London, 2001. Hardcover. État : New. Etat de la jaquette : New. First Edition. Ashbee compiled the most important bibliography of Victorian erotic literature ever published and most of his collection of pornography and erotica is now housed in the Private Case of the British Library. Ashbee was also suspected of writing Walter: My Secret Life. Ashbee was born in Southwark, London. He was by occupation a textile trader, the senior partner in the London branch of the firm of Charles Lavy & Co. He travelled extensively during his life, including Europe, Japan, and San Francisco, collaborating with Alexander Graham on Travels in Tunisia, published in 1887. He was an avid book collector, with perhaps the world's most extensive collections of Cervantes and erotica. Influenced by a friendship with the Belgian diplomat Joseph Octave Delepierre, his erotica collecting proceeded with purchases in Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. An unread copy. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 015438
Description du livre FABER & FABE <002932 01/02/2001, 2001. État : Neuf. N° de réf. du libraire 9780571196197