From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
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.
- Curiosities of Literature by Isaac D'Israeli
- Les livres du second rayon : irréguliers et libertins by Émile Henriot
- Jules Gay, a publisher of curiosa
- BiblioCuriosa, a wiki dedicated to such literature
- Cabinet of curiosities
- Physica Curiosa (1662) - Gaspar Schott