THE HISTORY & ARTS OF THE DOMINATRIX by Anne O Nomis
This much-anticipated book is the illustrated treatise on the Dominatrix throughout history. Begun in 2009, it has taken four years to come to be published with artwork illustrated with permission of the highest museums and libraries in the world.
No book previously existed on the subject. Nomis set to work meticulously researching the most discreet and mysterious occupation of the Dominatrix. This book reveals the ancient roots of the Dominatrix lie within sacred rituals to a Goddess Inanna who ruled one of the most important cities of the ancient world, the city of Uruk (or Warka). With a Masters degree in archaeology and art history, Nomis has included exerts of a hymn to the Goddess with rites of gender transformation, punishment, pain and ecstasy, linked to the high en-priestess named Enheduanna, and images of the Goddess.
Into the English history record, the secular profession appears in books from the 17th Century, with flagellation prints of the Dominatrix in role of 'Whipstress' and 'School-Mistress'. The ladies providing birch discipline were interlinked with royalty, nobility, parliamentarians and secret societies. By the 19th Century, London held 20 sumptuously appointed discipline houses, run by 'Governess' Dominatrices, one of whom invented a special machine for whipping, known as the Berkley Horse.
In the 20th Century, the book presents rare vintage snapshots of mid-20th Century ladies of the 'bizarre underground' in time, space and place, from London, New York, The Hague and The Herbertstrasse. Lastly, Nomis examines the contemporary occupation of the modern-day Dominatrix, and contributes a theory of their 'Seven Realm Arts' characterizing their practices in a framework beyond the catch-all term of BDSM. This book is the seminal work on the subject of the Dominatrix, her history and her arts as a unique craft.
"Painstakingly researched...The quintessential treatise on dominant women throughout the ages...impressive work." (David Jackson, DDI)
"Elusive author Nomis sheds light on a mysterious underground world in this fascinating exploration of female dominatrices... The book provides exciting commentary on shifting attitudes toward sex, female power, and female sexuality across different time periods and regions, complete with dazzling visual aids and artifacts. VERDICT Recommended for collections with high demand for sociology and anthropology titles, particularly on the subjects of gender and sexuality." (Library Journal - Review)
"The author does her research and presents a concise history of female authority figures and their development throughout human history...well-written." (Leatherati Review USA)
Illustrated with artwork and 86+ images from the British Museum, Iraq Museum, Penn Museum, Oriental Institute of Chicago, Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge University, Villa of Mysteries Pompeii, British Library Rare Books, Library of Congress Washington DC, National Portrait Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, Kinsey Institute, with vintage images by artist John Willie from Bélier Press, vintage Dominatrices from DDI Magazine, Atom Age and private collection, contemporary artwork by Natasha Gornik, Kate Peters, Phil Miller, Nuit' d'Or and Lucina Nathanael.
The book has been produced in a stunning first edition hardback, inspired by the Victorian "forbidden book", with gold foil and quarter-bound, accentuating the art of book fetish. A special collector's release, it is available in a limited edition of 2,000 copies only, each individually numbered, available from the publisher website in the UK. (historyofthedominatrix.com)
Also available as an e-book / kindle, however without the beautiful design format of the hardcopy due to limitations of software associated with e-books.
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ANNE O NOMIS (a play on the word 'Anonymous') was born in the Antipodes.
She received her Master of Arts degree in Comparative Art and Archaeology from University College London (UCL), and works as an historian, consultant and curator on contemporary and ancient art.
'The History & Arts of the Dominatrix' is regarded as the pioneering work on the subject of the Dominatrix, receiving critical acclaim within academic and BDSM circles. It is utilized as part of the training curriculum for apprentice Dominatrices in dungeons around the world.
Nomis's second book, 'Flight of the Goddess' (due out in 2017) traces the journey of the ancient Goddesses of sexuality over three thousand years. From the world's first cities ancient cities in the Middle East, to the Levantine Coast and the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea, Nomis reveals the major role played by Goddesses through ancient rituals, literature, powerful hymns, artwork and artifacts.
Nomis lives between Melbourne and London.
"Painstakingly researched...The quintessential treatise on dominant women throughout the ages...impressive work." (David Jackson, DDI Magazine)
"Elusive author Nomis sheds light on a mysterious underground world in this fascinating exploration of female dominatrices...It is obvious that Nomis dedicated years of research to compile an engaging, sympathetic history of a well-concealed subculture. The book provides exciting commentary on shifting attitudes toward sex, female power, and female sexuality across different time periods and regions, complete with dazzling visual aids and artifacts." (Library Journal Review)
"A book which shows all facets of this profession (or calling)...All has been thoroughly researched and evidence-based and the result of this is an easy-to-read and recognizable book that will appeal to the interested... Highly recommended and fun to go with this book back in time to Mistresses such as Kitty from Rotterdam, and Bea from Amsterdam, or read more about the legendary Monique von Cleef." (Massad Magazine)
"The author does her research and presents a concise history of female authority figures and their development throughout human history....well-written." (Leatherati Review USA)
"Anne O Nomis's 'The History & Arts of the Dominatrix' is the first book of its kind: it is the first book to cover the history of the art of Female domination. (...) The illustrations are breath-taking and, through this wealth of information and artistry, Nomis crafts a spectacular text that takes a nuanced and informative look at power, beauty, gender, sexuality, sensuality, intimacy, D/s and the variations inherent in Female domination. (...) once you start reading it, you will not be able to put it down." (London Mistress School review)
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