Relying on a wide range of researches over a span of twenty years, Will H.L. Ogrinc’s monumental work could be considered as an authoritative bibliography, according to the criteria of library and information scientists. Since it focuses on a particular topic, it could also be called a special bibliography, in contrast to general bibliographies. However, it is special too in another sense, referring to a subject so sensitive, in some ways, that it is frequently censored, as is evident from the deletion of online collective encyclopedias (wiki), in various languages, dealing with the topic of pederasty (Boywiki).
Ogrinc’s bibliography is clearly international in scope, since it includes references in the five most important European languages, but there is more to it. The truth is the alphabetical list of the many languages included in this bibliography is impressive: Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Finnish, French, Gaelic, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish. A few rare dialects are included too.
From a temporal standpoint, this bibliography is both retrospective (references start from 1508) and current or contemporary, since it includes works published in 2017.
Although he aimed for completeness, Will H.L. Ogrinc considers his bibliography to be selective, because he obviously made choices, according to the relative importance of languages he had to take into consideration. Very low circulation works were not excluded (it starts with two printed copies) and some unpublished manuscripts are also included. Last but not least, this bibliography is analytical on the one hand, since some entries include a short note (in English), and descriptive on the other hand, since it provides some detailed information about the different editions of various books.
As such, this impressive bibliography should be considered a landmark, not only in the general field of library and information sciences, but also in the specialized topic advertised through its title. Nothing ever comparable in significance has ever been published, and nothing comparable will be published for a very long time.
2. (Auto)biographies, Diaries, Letters
3. Visual Arts (including Film and Photography, biography and secondary sources)
- 4. 1. Novelists and Writers of Short Stories (including biography and secondary sources)
- 4. 2. Play Writers (including biography and secondary sources)
- 4. 3. Poets (including biography and secondary sources)
5. Composers, Music and Dance (including biography and secondary sources)
6. History (including Childhood History)
- 6. 1. Antiquity
- 6. 2. Middle Ages
- 6. 3. Renaissance to Present
7. Sexuality and Social Studies (including Law and Medicine)
- 7. 1. Pornography
- 7. 2. Prostitution
- 7. 3. Abuse Industry
- 7. 4. Masturbation
Appendix (Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen)
Index of Some Special Topics