De figuris Veneris

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De figuris Veneris, by Édouard-Henri Avril
Dildo being used by two women: lithograph from De Figuris Veneris (1906) by Édouard-Henri Avril

De figuris Veneris (On the figures of Venus) was an anthology of ancient Greek and ancient Roman writings on erotic topics, discussed objectively and classified and grouped by subject matter. It was first published by the German classicist Friedrich Karl Forberg in 1824 in Latin and Greek as a commentary to Hermaphroditus by Antonio Beccadelli (i.e. Antonii Panormitae Hermaphroditus, an erotic poem sequence in renaissance Latin), though it was later also published as a separate work. It was later also translated into English (published by Charles Carrington in 1899[1] and again by Charles Hirsch in 1907[2]), French and German (one French edition was illustrated by Édouard-Henri Avril). It concludes with a list of 95 sexual positions.[3]

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References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Donald (1969). A Long Time Burning. Taylor & Francis. p. 284. 
  2. ^ Camille, Michael; Rifkin, Adrian (2001). Other Objects of Desire: collectors and collecting queerly. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 86–87. ISBN 0-631-23361-X. 
  3. ^ Turner (2003) p.391

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Media related to Avril's illustrations to De figuris Veneris at Wikimedia Commons