Booktryst's proprietor, Stephen J. Gertz, is a life-long lover and collector of rare books who began his career in the trade in 1985 as a rare book scout and dealer, after a stint in Hollywood as Dir. of Development/TV Movies and Mini-Series and Executive Story Editor at Lorimar Productions, and later a marketing executive at Karl-Lorimar Video. He later became manager and head cataloguer at William Dailey Rare Books in Los Angeles, was Executive Director of David Brass Rare Books in Calabasas, CA, and Cataloger-Researcher at Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books & Medieval Manuscripts in McMinnville, OR. He is a former Vice-Chairman, Chairman, and member of the Executive Board of the Southern California Chapter of the ABAA. He established the Booktryst blog in 2010, which grew to become (and remains) the most popular rare book blog in the world. His writing has been published by Feral House, The Disinformation Company, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Fine Books & Collections, L.A. Review, The Journal of the Arthur Rackham Society, and various online magazines.
Rara Eros 16th - 20th Centuries Featuring 60 scare or merely rare items of illustrated erotic books with titlepages and illustrations (over 82) seen for the first time outside of the original books, as well as original prints. Already a desirable reference, Rara Eros is highlighted by meticulous scholarship, informative annotations, and attractive design.