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"Musei Wormiani Historia", the frontispiece from the Museum Wormianum depicting Ole Worm's cabinet of curiosities
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"Musei Wormiani Historia", the frontispiece from the Museum Wormianum depicting Ole Worm's cabinet of curiosities

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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curious, bibliophily, cult fiction, Curiosities of Literature

Curiosa is most commonly used for books or other writings dealing with unusual, especially pornographic and erotic topics. It is derived from the term curious. In 1887 Alcide Bonneau collected a number of his essays and published them as Curiosa: essais critiques de littérature ancienne ignorée ou mal connue, it is said that the later bookselling category curiosa thanks its coinage to this collection. Before Bonneau, Isaac D'Israeli had published Curiosities of Literature (4 vols. 1791-1823; single vol. 1824), a collection of anecdotes about historical persons and events, unusual books, and the habits of book-collectors.

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