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A Passion for Reading: Tempting Valentine's Gifts

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Delta of VenusDelta of Venus, Anaïs Nin
In Delta of Venus Anaïs Nin penned a lush, magical world where the characters of her imagination possess the most universal of desires and exceptional of talents.


Story of OStory of O, Pauline Reage
The classic erotic novel, The Story of O relates the love of a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer for Rene. As part of that intense love, she demands debasement and severe sexual and pychological tests.


Autobiography of a Flea, Anonymous

Exit to Eden, Anne Rampling (Anne Rice)

Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue, Marquis de Sade

Ladies' Own Erotica: Tales, Recipes and Other Mischiefs by Older Women, Kensington Lades' Erotica Society

Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, John Cleland



Sonnets From the PortugueseSonnets From the Portuguese, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
First published in 1850 and considered some of the finest love lyrics in the English language, Sonnets From The Portuguese comprise 44 interlocking poems that Elizabeth Barrett Browning composed for her husband, Robert Browning.
(Also: Love Poems of Elizabeth and Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Love Poems
, Emily Dickinson

Love Poems and Sonnets, William Shakespeare

English Love Poems, John Betjeman (ed.)

The Love Poems of Lord Byron, Lord Byron


Recommended By Our Booksellers

Sex in the GardenSex in the Garden, Harvey Rottenberg and Tom Riker
Book Club 1976. Very Good in Good dust jacket. The secret love life of plants, but also secret mazes, hidden gazebos, suggestive statues and lover's trysts. A completely delightful book with hundreds of illustrations which would educate any gardener in new and interesting ways. Hardback, with torn DJ. Ink inscription inside. BO. Binding is Hard Cover with DJ.

An Illustrated Anthology of Erotica Complete in Three Volumes
Hill, Charlotte and Wallace, William
Little, Brown and Company, London, 1998. Sexuality. PB. Fine in VG slipcase; three volume set: An Illustrated Anthology of Erotica, The Second Illustrated Anthology of Erotica, The Third Illustrated Anthology of Erotica; probably 1st PB edition; illos thr.

The Kiss Sacred & Profane : An Interpetive History of Kiss Symbolism and Related Religio-Erotic Themes
Perella, Nicolas J.
Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.: University of California Press, 1969 HC. ISBN:0-520-01392-1. VG (Near Fine)/G+; dj a bit stained and faded ISBN: 0520013921

Sexual Secrets

Sexual AwarenessSexual Awareness, Barry McCarthy
This is a practical, confidence-building book that will show individuals and couples how to enhance their sexual pleasure, focusing on feelings and fulfillment.


Passionate MarriagePassionate Marriage: Love, Sex & Intimacy in Emotionally Committed Relationships, David Schnarch
The greatest sexual pleasure in a person's lifetime is possible in one's middle and later years, asserts Dr. David Schnarch, when a mature sense of self has been achieved and genuine intimacy is possible with another person.


How to Make Love All Night (and Drive a Woman Wild), Barbara Keesling

How to Be a Great Lover, Lou Paget

Super Marital Sex, Paul P. Pearsall

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask), David Reuben


Romantic Help

Soul MatesSoul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship, Thomas Moore
Moore emphasizes the difficulties that inevitably accompany many relationships and focuses on the need to work through these differences in order to experience the deep reward that comes with intimacy and unconfined love.


The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, John Gottman

Getting the Love you Want: A Guide for Couples, Harville Hendrix

How to Make Anyone Fall in Love With You, Leil Lowndes


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The Great Valentine's Day Balloon RaceThe Great Valentine's Day Balloon Race, Adrienne Adams
NY Charles Scribner's Sons 1980. As New in Near Fine jacket. Hardcover; Collector's condition! The full color illustrations of the bunnies ballooning are not to be missed! Unpaginated pages. Illustrated by Adams, Adrienne; Color Illustrations. First Edition. 4to. ISBN: 0684166402


All For LoveAll For Love, Tasha Tudor
NY Philomel 1984. As New in As New jacket. Hardcover; Lovely copy, collector's condition. Scan available. Illustrated by Tasha Tudor; Color Illustrations. First Edition. 8vo. ISBN: 0399210121


Eros in Pompeii: The Secret Rooms of the National Museum of Naples
Grant, Michael; De Simone, Antonio; Merella, Maria Teresa, Illustrated by Anonia Mulas (photos)
New York: William Morrow, 1975 HC. First Printing. ISBN:0-688-02916-7. Fine/VG; oversized book with colour photos throughout ISBN: 0688029167