THE DARK ARTS
I have long been a fan of Decadent art and literature, a movement which spans almost all of recorded history, from the satirical pornography of Petronius in ancient Rome to the effete ramblings of Ben Hecht in 1930's Los Angeles. There are some who say that the current Goth Movement is but a continuation of this historical trend; in terms of dress and sensibilities, this is certainly true. But the decadents, especially the French decadents of the last half of the 1900's, also had a great fascination with history, particularly the falls of empires and the early church. This is reflected in much of the art from that period.
I have been collecting antique volumes of decadent works for over ten years. Many are lavishly illustrated-most were badly burned in my recent fire, so these scans are the final fruits of my ten-year labor of love. I hope you enjoy them as I have.
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