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About this project

Welcome to Erotic Review's Kickstarter page for their 21st anniversary edition: ER21!

We are raising £23,750 and are offering – for four weeks only – exclusive editions of this beautiful book; Not just a great addition to your library (or bedside table) but ER21 will make  the perfect gift for lovers on Valentine's Day!

Our exquisite Library Edition
Our exquisite Library Edition

 

History of the Erotic Review

In1994 ER Books (then The Erotic Print Society) was born, publishing limited-edition prints, soon abandoning prints in favour of books. The next year, 1995, Jamie Maclean started up a quarterly newsletter, the Erotic Review, later handing over the editorship to Rowan Pelling, who went on to create a monthly magazine with a 30,000 circulation. 

The Erotic Review, issue 30, Reward N0. 9 Limited edition of cover artwork, signed by the artist, Sylvie Jones, after Francois Boucher and Tracey Emin
The Erotic Review, issue 30, Reward N0. 9 Limited edition of cover artwork, signed by the artist, Sylvie Jones, after Francois Boucher and Tracey Emin

 

The Erotic Review, issue 21, Reward No. 9, limited edition print of cover artwork, signed by the artist, Sylvie Jones, after Edward Hopper.
The Erotic Review, issue 21, Reward No. 9, limited edition print of cover artwork, signed by the artist, Sylvie Jones, after Edward Hopper.

A long list of contributors over the years has included Stephen Bayley, Alain de Botton, Kate Copstick, Nick Curtis, Ian Dunt, AC Grayling, Jonathon Green, Barry Humphries, Rod Liddle, Murray Lachlan Young, DBC Pierre, Toby Young and Belle de Jour - Dr Brooke Magnanti.

What we are hoping to do:

Limited gold edition, hand numbered, 350
Limited gold edition, hand numbered, 350

To celebrate our 21st anniversary we want to produce an exquisite book – ER21 – that revisits some of the best articles and images that we’ve ever published. We’d like it to reflect the way Erotic Review has often been regarded: original, diverse and provocative. Our writers and illustrators have looked at sexuality and relationships in a way that is intelligent, witty and often quite subversive.

So the search was on for the person who could employ all of these attributes; someone who could think outside the box, a little anarchic, even, and with brilliant vision – in other words – a damned fine book designer.

We were incredibly lucky to find Ben Freeman of ditto and luckier still that he has embraced our project with such enthusiasm  and enjoyment. Ben is the creative director at Ditto and Future Artefacts, and art directs The Mushpit magazine. He has been involved with independent publishing and subculture since the early 90s. Ben says: “I remember the Erotic Review from my misspent youth, and I’m really grateful for this opportunity to introduce the publication to a new audience and to discover some treasures in their archive”

Ben Freeman
Ben Freeman

 

Ditto covers
Ditto covers

 

We think it will be a fantastic book: ER21 will be in two printed editions, the Library Edition, limited to 1,500 and the Gold Edition, limited to just 350 copies. Just some of the writers we hope to include will be cultural critic Stephen Bayley; actor and critic, Kate Copstick; editor of Politics.co.uk, Ian Dunt; 'Mr. Slang' lexicographer, Jonathon Green; author and biographer, Lisa Hilton and ER’s most famous 'editrix' Rowan Pelling amongst others. And the following are just some of the artists whose work we will be showcasing: Aubrey Beardsley; Illustrator Michael Faraday; photographer Michael Alan Grapin and Japanese artist Masaya Yoshioka.

For the cover we will be commissioning a tattoo artist to hand draw a unique design.

What will your contribution support?

We need to raise £23,750 which will enable us to publish this work. We want you to be a part of a collaborative approach to making this happen. We are currently a free on-line magazine supported entirely by voluntary contributions from writers and artists. Whilst we are hoping to raise enough funds to produce the anniversary book any additional funds will go towards bringing us back into print. We think Erotic Review has even greater relevance now than when we started it more than two decades ago.

Available Rewards:

Pledge today and you can enjoy one of many rewards on offer (see examples below):

  • Reward 3 - Pledge £20
Front cover, hand drawn by a tattoo artist
Front cover, hand drawn by a tattoo artist

A spread from the book
A spread from the book

  • Reward No. 5 - An erotic lithographic print, limited to an edition of 350 copies, each numbered by hand. (Size: 210x297 mm) by one of the following artists: Franz von Byros, Michael Faraday, Vivant Denon or Jean Dulac; library edition of ER21 and e-book edition - pledge £50 or more
Detail from Jean Dulac's The Bed
Detail from Jean Dulac's The Bed

 

Franz von Bayros
Franz von Bayros

 

Detail from Vivant Denon's Beached Phallus
Detail from Vivant Denon's Beached Phallus

 

Michael Faraday
Michael Faraday

 

Detail from Jean Dulac's The Couple
Detail from Jean Dulac's The Couple

  • Reward No. 6 - A beautiful, gold on gold limited edition hand numbered, 300, hardback of ER21 - Pledge £50 or more
Limited gold edition, hand numbered, 300
Limited gold edition, hand numbered, 300
  •  Reward No. 7  - This year we joined up with publisher Head of Zeus and presenter and critic Mariella Frostrup to create an anthology of erotic short fiction: Desire. Many of our authors feature and the book will be published on October 6, 2016. 2 erotic prints (see artists above) of your choice and library edition of ER21 - pledge £75 or more 
Desire: 100 of Literature's Sexiest Stories. Whether you're looking for love, lust or something in between, this gorgeous anthology is the perfect gift... or bedside companion
Desire: 100 of Literature's Sexiest Stories. Whether you're looking for love, lust or something in between, this gorgeous anthology is the perfect gift... or bedside companion
  •  Reward No. 9 – Limited edition print of one of the Erotic Review's magazine cover, signed by the artist (there are several choices and 2 are shown above in the History of ER section) - a hardback copy of Desire, and a limited gold edition, hand numbered, 300, copy of ER21 - Pledge £250 or more
  • Reward No. 11 - A gold, limited edition, copy of ER21. 1st edition hardback of Desire: 100 of Literature's Sexiest Stories chosen by Mariella Frostrup and the Erotic Review. An erotic lithographic print, limited to an edition of 10 copies, each signed and numbered by the artist, Sylvie Jones. – Pledge £500 or more
Sylvie Jones lithographic print - detail from The Lovers
Sylvie Jones lithographic print - detail from The Lovers
  •  Reward No. 12 - A gold edition of ER21; a 1st edition hardback of Desire: 100 of Literature's Sexiest Stories chosen by Mariella Frostrup and the Erotic Review. An original watercolour by Sylvie Jones (2 details are shown but there are 10 available so do contact us to see the rest) - Pledge £750 or more
Detail from Sylvie Jones watercolour
Detail from Sylvie Jones watercolour

 

Detail from Sylvie Jones watercolour
Detail from Sylvie Jones watercolour

 

 

Risks and challenges

There is always an element of risk when undertaking to publish a book of this nature, but we are an experienced team and are wholly confident that we can deliver our book on time and on budget for Valentine's Day 2017.

If for any reason there are setbacks, then we will keep you informed every step of the way.

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    Thank You, Thank YOU!

    THANK YOU - your name published on our website wall of thanks, a tweet and Facebook thank you

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    E-Book, ER 21

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    Library Edition - ER 21

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    Starting to get interesting!

    An erotic lithographic print, limited to an edition of 350 copies, each numbered by hand. Size: 210x297 mm, by one of the following artists: Franz von Bayros, Michael Faraday, Vivant Denon or Jean Dulac; library edition of ER 21 and an e-book edition

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    Desire, Desire................

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    pièce de résistance - and again!

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    A snip..............

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    Something really special...........

    Limited edition lithographic print of one of the Erotic Review's magazine cover, signed by the artist, (size: 210x297 mm) - there are several choices and 2 are shown - please contact us for a view of the others - a hardback copy of Desire, and a limited gold edition, hand numbered, 300, copy of ER21

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    Limited edition print....

    An A1 limited edition lithographic print of all ER's covers, limited gold edition, hand numbered, copy of ER21, and 1st edition copy of anthology: Desire: 100 of Literature's Sexiest Stories chosen by Mariella Frostrup and the Erotic Review.

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    Sylvie Jones limited edition

    A gold, limited edition, copy of ER21. 1st edition hardback of Desire: 100 of Literature's Sexiest Stories chosen by Mariella Frostrup and the Erotic Review.A lithographic erotic print, limited to an edition of 10 copies, each signed and numbered by the artist, Sylvie Jones
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    Watercolour............

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    Now let's have some fun!

    A gold edition; 1st edition hardback of Desire: 100 of Literature's Sexiest Stories chosen by Mariella Frostrup and the Erotic Review. No holds barred lunch for two guests at Ognisko, with 8 key members of ER’s editorial team, such as publishers Lisa Moylett and Jamie Maclean, political editor Ian Dunt and journalist & author, Nichi Hodgson.

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