Everyone knows what sadism is, but few have actually read Marquis de Sade. Now you don’t have to. At the end of the eighteenth century, de Sade commissioned an anonymous artist to illustrate his collected writings. The resulting edition, originally published in 1797, contained 101 copper engravings of sex scenes, mostly set in dungeons. A compilation of these images was reprinted and published by Goliath Books this week. A selection is presented below.
Images excerpted from Marquis de Sade: 100 Erotic Illustrations, published by Goliath Books.