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    Sale 2497 | Lot 153
    Price Realized: $1,875With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2497 Lot 153

      (KLINGER, JULIUS.) Rochester, John Wilmot, Earl of. Sodom: Ein Spiel. Translated by Théophile Marquardt. Title illustration and 15 raunchy, erotic Secessionist-style plates by Julius Klinger including 2 color mounted. Folio, original gilt-stamped burnt orange silk moiré covered boards, unusually bright. Leipzig: privately printed for subscribers, 1909

      Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

      number 407 of 350 copies of this scarce obscene restoration closet drama. An acclaimed 2014 theatrical production by Seattle's Akropolis Performance Lab sums up the plot perfectly: "A political satire about the debaucherous court of England's King Charles II and his tolerance of Catholicism which, as far as post-Restoration Protestants were concerned, was buggery . . . In the fictional Kingdom of Sodom, King Bolloxinion legalizes same-sex sodomy for the preservation of his female subjects' genitalia. General erotic madness ensues. General Buggeranthus reports that the soldiers have embraced the new authorization as it saves them on the cost of prostitutes. Women turn to 'dildoes and dogs.' The Prince & Princess engage in an incestuous relationship. The Queen dies of venereal disease. And while the court physician recommends men should find their pleasure with women again, the King is determined to live out his days an enthusiastic sodomite"--Akropolis Performance Lab (akropolisperformancelab.com/activities/salons/sodom). The 2004 film based on the play, The Libertine, starred Johnny Depp playing Rochester and John Malkovich played Charles II.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $1,875