This rare and unread copy of SINS OF THE CITIES OF THE PLAIN by JACK SAUL aka ANONYMOUS is a must-have for any collector of contemporary pulp fiction. This softcover book was published in 1992 and distributed by MASQUERADE BOOKS for their BADBOY series of gay pulp paperback novels. It is 192 pages in length and measures 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches. This copy is unread but the cover shows minor wear. See photos for condition.
“I was walking through Leicester Square, one sunny afternoon last November, when my attention was particularly taken by an effeminate. very good-looking young fellow who was dawdling in front of me, and now and then looking round as it to attract my attention."
"Dressed in tight fitting clothing which showed off his figure to good advantage especially the fork of his trousers (where evidently he was favoured by nature), he had elegant elegant feet shod in patent leather boots, a fresh-looking beardless face, auburn hair, and sparkling blue eyes, spoke as plainly as possible to my senses. This youth must indeed be one of the Mary-Anns of London, who I had heard were often to be seen sauntering in Regent Street or the Haymarket…”
Don't miss your chance to own this rare and unread collectible book!
One of the first exclusively homosexual works of pornographic literature published in English. The book was first published in 1881. Jack Saul is a handsome young man in London, who has found his body to be his best asset and makes his way through life as a prostitute. One day, Jack is picked up by a male customer in Leicester Square, and after their encounter, the man offers to pay Jack for a written account of his experiences. What follows is The Sins of the Cities of the Plain, a narrative tracing in explicit detail the development of Jack's "vices" as he progresses from boarding school and into young adulthood amidst London's thriving but clandestine gay underworld.
Featuring a mixture of fact and fiction and incorporating real-life personages involved in the Cleveland Street Scandal, the Oscar Wilde trials, and other infamous legal proceedings of the period, The Sins of the Cities of the Plain was one of the first and frankest works on homosexuality in Victorian England. Read by Oscar Wilde and an influence on the more famous gay erotic novel Teleny (1893), The Sins of the Cities of the Plain was privately printed in two volumes in 1881 and is completely unattainable today. This new edition contains the unabridged text of the first edition housed at the British Library, together with a new introduction by Wolfram Setz and a facsimile reproduction of the original volumes' title pages. Although two previous modern editions have been published under this title, they are severely altered and rewritten versions of the story; this edition marks the first complete reprinting of the original text.
Due to recent delivery issues with the USPS I now ship all magazines, digests and paperback books via Priority Mail. $100 of insurance is included in this price. I'm selling my collection of vintage 1950-1980s gay pulp paperback novels, pictorial & hardcore magazines, physique photography, magazines, artwork & other LGBTQ ephemera.