London: R. Griffiths, . Second Authorized Edition. 12mo., , 273,  pages; Fine; bound in period mottled calf, gilt tooling to spine with burgundy label with gilt lettering; unrestored, with mild rubbing and wear to hinges and edges of boards; marbled endpapers; text block stained red, partially faded; the second free leaf has a faded pencil drawing of a sex scene; interior clean, with no writing, underlining, or other markings;
The original book was published in two installments, on November 21, 1748 and February of 1749. In November 1749, a year after the first installment was published, both Cleland and his publisher Fenton and Ralph Griffiths were arrested and charged with "corrupting the King's subjects." While Cleland disowned the novel in court, the book was popular enough that pirated editions began to appear. Griffiths published an expurgated version of the book in March of 1750, but was prosecuted once again for it, although the charges were subsequently dropped. It is considered "the first original English prose pornography, and the first pornography to use the form of the novel". It is one of the most prosecuted and banned books in history, not being published legally until 1963 in the United States and 1970 in England.;
BB consignment; shelved case 3.
Shelved Dupont Bookstore
The scene depicting homosexual intercourse between men, which Fanny witnesses through a hole in the wall, is expurgated on page 232, as is the case with all copies of this edition. In its place is the phrase, new to this edition, "And O ! what a shocking scene ensued."
The expurgated scene reads as follows: "For presently the eldest unbuttoned the other's breeches, and removing the linen barrier, brought out to view a white shaft, middle sized, and scarce fledged, when after handling and playing with it a little, with other dalliance, all received by the boy without other opposition than certain wayward coyness, ten times-more alluring than repulsive, he got him so turned round, with his face from him, to a chair that stood hard by; when knowing, I suppose, his office, the Ganymede now obsequiously leaned his head against the back of it, and projecting his body, made a fair mark, still covered with his shirt. As he thus stood in a side view to me, but fronting his companion, who, presently unmasking his battery, produced an engine that certainly deserved to be put to a better use, and very fit to confirm me in my disbelief of the possibility of things; being pushed to odious extremities, which I had built on the disproportion of parts; but this disbelief I was now cured of, as by my consent all young men should likewise be, that their innocence may not be betrayed into such snares, for want of knowing the extent of their danger: for nothing is more certain than that ignorance of advice is by no means a guard against it.
Slipping, then, aside the young lad's shirt, and tucking it up under his clothes behind, he shewed to the open air those globular fleshy eminences that compose the Mount Peasants of Rome, and which now, with all the narrow vale that intersects them, stood displayed and exposed to his attack; nor could I without a shudder behold the dispositions he made for it. First, then, moistening well with spittle his instrument, obviously to make it glib, he pointed, he introduced it, as I could plainly discern, not only from its direction and my losing sight of it, but by the writhing, twisting and soft murmured complaints of the young sufferer; but at length, the first straits of entrance being pretty well go through, every thing seemed to move and go pretty currently on, as on a carpet road, without much rub or resistance; and now, passing one hand round his minions' hips, he got hold of his red-topped ivory toy, that stood perfectly stiff, and shewed, that if he was like his mother behind, he was like his father before; this he diverted himself with, whilst, with the other he wantoned with his hair, and leaning forward over his back, drew his face, from which the boy shook the loose curls that fell over it, in the posture he stood him in, and brought him towards his, so as to receive a long breathed kiss; after which, renewing his driving, and thus continuing to harass his rear, the height of the fist came on with its usual symptoms, and dismissed the action. The criminal scene they acted,..."
Extremely scarce, with no copies listed in Worldcat and only 2 copies listed in the ESTC. ESTC: T14882