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11.02.16. Aristotle's Masterpiece - dubbed the dirtiest book of the time when published in 1684 - was sold secretly from under the counters of bookshops for centuries, and is now expected to fetch £10,000-£15,000 at Dominic Winter Auctions on Morch 2nd. The original lover's guide, it contains a bizarre mix of superstition and sex facts, about everything from the 'actions of the genitals' to the 'benefits of marriage'. It is described by auctioneer and valuer Chris Albury as a 'surprisingly good copy' of the 'most notorious sex manual of the age' ... more  Add a comment

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While bargains are to be had at auction, for the uninitiated, I think it's worth quoting from John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. "The novice collector does well to recognise that in a bookshop there is a strong bond of common interest across the counter, but that in the sale-room every man's hand is against him. If he is a man of spirit, he may relish the encounter; hoping to beat the professionals at their own game and be prepared to take a few knocks in the process. Yet if he is also a man of sense, he will only do so after careful reconnaissance, and then with his eyes wide open".

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