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Marquis De Sade has shocked for generations - he was sentenced to death, his books censored and been the centre of fascination for artists, authors and psychologists all around the world since the 19th century... De Sade's writings became the symbol of the forbidden worldwide – perversion personified. Now, for the first time, Goliath Books presents a unique text-free collection of all erotic illustrations of De Sade's works, published as a beautiful hardcover book...

The publisher, Goliath Books, has collected the images accompanying over 4000 pages of De Sade's work to bring together an assemblage of sadomasochistic stories told through visual art - perfect for kinksters and art historians/art lovers alike. Scroll down to find out more.

In France at the end of the eighteenth century, Donatien Alphonse François AKA Marquis de Sade, hired an artist to illustrate his collected writings. The collection was published in 1797 and contained 101 copper engravings with sex scenes, with most featuring elements of sadomasochism At the time, such “cochonneries” (obscenities) brought one directly into a dungeon. For this reason, most erotic artists at the time chose to remain anonymous - making it hard to difficult to ascribe illustrative credential to the artists today.

The Marquis de Sade’s writings have since experienced a great deal: they have been forbidden, burnt, banned, censored, and interpreted by notable psychologists and writers. This is not surprising since they are complex, contain shocking scenes between all genders, as well as humiliation, sodomy, incest and murder, hemmed with moral-philosophical discussions, anti-clericalism and justifications for (his) radical egoism.


Marquis De Sade: 100 Erotic Illustrations retails for € 24.99 / US$ 34.99 / GBP 24.99 and is available on the Goliath Books website (direct product link here)



"Within almost 15 years in business Goliath, now located in Berlin, has established itself as a highly acclaimed international publisher of diverse and often daring photography and art books unafraid to introduce controversial, erotic and subcultural perspectives to modern life. It all started with a photo book about the UFO phenomenon. This was way back in 1997 in New York. Goliath had finally landed. Ever since then Goliath has been fighting to make the world a visually better one with publishing books about The Sexy, The Weird And The Extraordinary. We don’t believe in pornography, but in fun and art – and of course in good photography. Boredom is the first cardinal sin. This explains why we never specialize, but have a wide interest in challenging perspectives and visual entertainment. Amongst our illustrious society of artists are names like the north-american subculture documentalist Charles Gatewood, renowed erotic photographer and punk-rocker Dave Naz, the Belgian artist Pierre Radisic, rock photographer legend Derek Ridgers, gender provocateur and chronicler of the industrial and goth culture Fred Berger, artist and photographer Paul Smith, many talented amateur photographers with a fresh view on girls and life, hemp-activist Rob Griffin, alternative sex’n’punk photographer The Lovely Brenda from New York, retro pin-up specialist Octavio Arizala or fetish fashion photographer Emma Delves-Broughton – to name just a few. Our variety couldn’t be more broad. We often get asked, if Goliath was an “erotic publisher”. It’s a yes and no. Yes, we like it naked, who doesn’t? No, we publish art. Who says art is not allowed to be naked? But it is not all about the bare naked truths. Our photographers are creative, often multitasking artists with a sixth sense for style, zeitgeist, new visual concepts and the unconventional. At Goliath books we are deeply committed to high standards in production and design as well as to the high artistic quality of our publications. Our latest brainchild is the stock agency to help to spread and promote the good photography and art to a publishing world that is full of clichés about the definition of “erotic”. And that’s the mission we are on. "


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