Fanny Hill: with illustrations

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John Cleland is said to have "misapplied considerable talents" in writing his scandalous 1749 novel, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, or; Fanny Hill. Nevertheless, the book has near-constantly remained in print, even where declared criminal, till finally being recognized as a classic of 18th century literature. It's known to have sold for as much as $40 for a new printing in 1863 -- several hundred dollars in today's money. Fanny Hill, age 15, is orphaned by a smallpox outbreak and forced to fend for herself. She narrowly escapes selling her virginity in a brothel after being tricked into taking a job there, and soon loses her beloved to the machinations of his wicked father. What, then, is left for Fanny to do? The text of this edition is copied from a famous French printing, and illustrated with several charming black-and-white illustrations.

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Newly printed with fun-filled illustrations modeled on the classic "Tijuana Bible" style of erotica, this enjoyable edition of the Fanny Hill book is a must have for literary fans and art collectors alike.

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John Cleland (1709? - 1789) was an English novelist most famous and infamous as the author of Fanny Hill; or, the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. He was the oldest son of William Cleland (1673/4 - 1741) and Lucy Cleland. He was born in Kingston upon Thames in Surrey but grew up in London, where his father was first an officer in the British Army and then a civil servant. William Cleland was a friend to Alexander Pope, and Lucy Cleland was a friend or acquaintance of both Pope, Viscount Bolingbroke, Chesterfield, and Horace Walpole. The family possessed good finances and moved among the finest literary and artistic circles of London.

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