The Erotomaniac

Biographer Ian Gibson looks into the life of Henry Spencer Ashbee, a respectable Victorian gentleman who owned Europe's largest collection of erotica and pornography, thousands of volumes strong.

Through Ashbee's books and diaries, Gibson reveals a man whose secret life typifies the curiosity, repression and subverted desire of his age.

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Biographer Ian Gibson looks into the life of Henry Spencer Ashbee, a respectable Victorian gentleman who owned Europe's largest collection of erotica and pornography, thousands of volumes strong.

Through Ashbee's books and diaries, Gibson reveals a man whose secret life typifies the curiosity, repression and subverted desire of his age.