Confiscated Erotica Journal – Nude Photography

Erotikon: ilustrovaný magazin jemné erotiky [Eroticon: an illustrated journal of soft erotica], vol. I, no. 1–12 (all published?).

Prague: František Trefný, 1934–1935. Octavos (20.5 × 15 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers (with photographic reproduction on front and back covers); ca. 24–30 pp. per issue (consecutive pagination). Very good or better.

Scarce complete run, in near fine condition, of this journal of "soft erotica" published, and probably largely authored, by the sex-reformist and proprietor of the Hydiko House of Modern Cosmetics, František Trefný. Hydiko was founded in 1927 in Prague and Trefný concurrently published and distributed various short-lived erotic journals, ephemeral catalogs for sex toys and articles of personal hygiene, as well as nude photography. In one of his early journals he noted that “sexuality was, is, and will be the most topical life problem and the whole world revolves around it” (see Huebner 188). And with a frankness unusual for the time, his publications treat topics such as adultery, masturbation, and even homosexuality.

These issues contains anecdotes, erotic prose, as well as encouraging and instructive texts by Trefný himself, accompanied by numerous erotic photographs and drawn illustrations. Trefný’s publications were repeatedly banned and confiscated, and he was charged with plagiarism. His books were evidently removed from stores and public holdings, as they are not only very uncommon in the trade, but have also largely been “lost” or deaccessioned by the Czech National Library ("odpis"). As of April 2022, not in KVK, OCLC. Not held by the Czech National Library.

Book ID: 51978

Price: $2,250.00