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ANON. The Flea. By You.
New York: (Thomas O'Kane), 1870. (Also published the previous year by George S. Wilcox.) Tall 12mo., original cloth-backed paper boards with paper label on upper cover, 24, (8)pp. ads. With frontispiece and four additional plates. "The flea follows its main character as he hops onto various hosts, finally landing on an attractive sleeping woman, whose slumber he interrupts. Through double entendre and metaphor, the writer explores the woman's body through the travels of a flea. The storyline employs the familiar literary device of the perspective of a flea or a piece of bedroom furniture, allowing an author to invade the inner sanctum of the bedroom or other intimate events. Although hardly explicit in text or illustrations, such works had the opportunity to introduce a reader to more substantial forms of erotica." A focus of Anthony Comstock's ire, many copies of this title were destroyed.

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