18 Dec 1967
C4226; 'My Secret Life' folder. C4129; Box 'M'. C4371/1; Box 1 Folder 8.
This book was sent to the board in 1967 because it is quoted in Steven Marcus' banned scholarly study The Other Victorians at length, and a new edition had been published in 1966. Richard G Fox in his 1967 history of the legal concept of obscenity in Australia notes that it was:'[u]ntil recently said to be the rarest and most expensive work of obscenity in the world. Only three copies of the entire eleven volume set were known to exist. However in 1966 the work was reprinted in the United States of America by Grove Press' (24). Fox cites Phyllis and Eberhard Kronhausens' Pornography and the Law (106-25), which was itself banned in Australia from 1960-1968.
One of the censors noted: 'I do not consider the book suitable for general circulation: there is not a chapter without a string of indecencies; but it is a document of some importance for study of the social life of the period...'