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The Exhibition of Female Flagellants: Parts One and Two

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This is a compilation of two books, dating from 1780 and 1785, the second presumably the result of the success of the first. It is a well-stocked collection of anecdotes concerning a considerable number of upper class English women and their female servants, in which their love of birching the bare hindquarters of other women is covered in highly repetitive detail. The recipients of this vigorous fustigation are usually indicated to enjoy their treatments almost as much as their antagonists. The two parts were clearly intended for the titillation of the English upper class of Georgian England, and their provenance is shown in detail in the book. The existence of the whole work is consistent with what is known of sexual practices common at the time, particularly in London. To modern erotic tastes, although these may well be of equal intensity, the book will probably be seen as a (possibly tedious) litany of short examples of erotic chastisement rendered into archaic prose, but it is certainly valuable evidence of the literary form of eighteenth century erotica. ( )
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Birchgrove Press brings together in one volume two books representing the developing corpus of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century English sexual fiction focusing on flagellation: Exhibition of Female Flagellants (c. 1780) and its sequel, Part the Second of the Exhibition of Female Flagellants (c. 1785). Collections of amusing anecdotes about the pleasures of flogging, these novellas focus on birching in aristocratic domestic and scholastic contexts, emphasise the display of blood, and extol the aphrodisiacal qualities of flowers. The author or authors are not known. Part one, Exhibition of Female Flagellants was first published about 1780, possibly by George Peacock in 1777. Part two, Part the Second of the Exhibition of Female Flagellants, was first published about 1785, probably also by George Peacock. Both books were reprinted in the early nineteenth century and by John Camden Hotten in 1872. This Birchgrove Press edition, which is based on Hotten’s reprints, includes an Appendix with bibliographic details excerpted from Pisanus Fraxi’s [Henry Spencer Ashbee’s] Index Librorum Prohibitorum (1877). Ashbee’s record provides a fascinating overview of both books’ publishing history.

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