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[SALTEN, Felix (1869-1945).] Josefine Mutzenbacher oder Die Geschichte einer Wienerischen Dirne von ihr selbst erzählt. [Vienna:] Privately printed [Freund], 1906.
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[SALTEN, Felix (1869-1945).] Josefine Mutzenbacher oder Die Geschichte einer Wienerischen Dirne von ihr selbst erzählt. [Vienna:] Privately printed [Freund], 1906.

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[SALTEN, Felix (1869-1945).] Josefine Mutzenbacher oder Die Geschichte einer Wienerischen Dirne von ihr selbst erzählt. [Vienna:] Privately printed [Freund], 1906.

Octavo (189 x 121 mm). Title printed in red and black. Extra-illustrated with 12 pencil drawings in the margins and 6 larger drawings on blanks. (Limitation page and last leaf repaired in the inside margin, some marginal repairs including in the blanks with drawings, occasional light marginal soiling.) Contemporary maroon cloth, endpapers with an Art Nouveau pattern printed in brown, top edge brown (light staining on the spine).

FIRST EDITION OF THE MOST FAMOUS 20TH-CENTURY EROTIC BOOK IN GERMAN, extra-illustrated with pencil drawings. This enduringly popular fictional autobiography of a Vienna prostitute has been attributed to Felix Salten, better known for Bambi (1923). In 1990 the Federal Constitution Court of Germany used this text in deciding whether freedom of expression or protection of the youth had priority in German Law. The court issued ‘The Mutzenbacher Decision’, finding that pornography and art are not mutually exclusive, and that this must be taken into account when deciding to index a work in order to protect the youth. This copy with page 383 numbered ‘332’, indicating it is from the first printing. One of 1000 copies, this one number 946. WorldCat locates just three copies, none in the USA or the UK. Bilder Lexicon IV, 692.
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