Fashionable Lectures

Fashionable Lectures: Composed and Delivered with Birch Discipline was a pornographic book originally published in the 18th century and republished by John Camden Hotten as volume 7 of his series The Library Illustrative of Social Progress around 1872 (falsely dated 1777).[1][2] Hotten claimed to have found them in the library of Henry Thomas Buckle (1821–1862) but Henry Spencer Ashbee claimed that they were in fact from his collection.[3][4] The first edition was published around 1750[5] and again with illustrations by William Holland in the 1780s.[6]

Fashionable Lectures: Composed and Delivered with Birch Discipline

The theme of the work is flagellation[1] by dominant women in positions of authority.[7] It promoted the names of ladies offering the service in a lecture room with rods and cat o' nine tails.[8]


  1. ^ a b Ashbee (1877) pp.257-258
  2. ^ Hoe, Robert (2008). A Catalogue of Books in English Later Than 1700, Volume 1. BiblioBazaar. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-554-42753-9.
  3. ^ Ashbee (1877) pp.240-241
  4. ^ Bloch, Iwan (1938). Sexual life in England, past and present. F. Aldor.
  5. ^ Largier, Niklaus; Harman, Graham (2007). In praise of the whip: a cultural history of arousal. Zone Books. p. 339. ISBN 978-1-890951-65-8.
  6. ^ Alexander, David S. (1998). Richard Newton and English Caricature in the 1790s. Manchester University Press. p. 116. ISBN 0-7190-5480-X.
  7. ^ Thomas, Donald (1969). A long time burning. Taylor & Francis. p. 278.
  8. ^ Fashionable Lectures Composed and Delivered with Birch Discipline (c1761) British Library Rare Books collection
  • Ashbee, Henry Spencer (1877). Index Librorum Prohibitorum: being Notes Bio- Biblio- Icono- graphical and Critical, on Curious and Uncommon Books. London: privately printed.

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