Monday, December 21, 2015

Ancient Orgy 8: De Figuris Veneris by Édouard-Henri Avril (1849-1928)




This small orgy comes from a 1906 edition of De Figuris Veneris, an anthology of Greek and Roman erotic material.  It was arranged under subject by Friedrich Karl Forberg and published, in Greek and Latin, in 1824 as a commentary on the Hermaphroditus of Beccadelli, written in 1425 but modelled on ancient erotic works.  It was translated into French by the former priest Alcide Bonneau in 1882.


Frontispiece of the 1906 edition


The work itself groups extracts under broad headings such as Of Copulation, Of Pederastia, Of Masturbation, Of Cunnilingus, Of Tribads and even Of Intercourse with Animals.  It concludes with a description of 95 sex positions.  Paul (his pseudonym for his erotic work) Avril produced a series of 19 coloured lithographs for the 1906 edition.  Most illustrate one heading or position but this one covers a number of entertaining activities.  We particularly like the exhausted looking girl and the discarded tie on dildo.

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