'The Romance of Lust', or 'Early Experiences' is a Victorian erotic novel published anonymously in four volumes during the years 1873–1876 by William Lazenby. There are two likely candidates for authorship, William Simpson Potter, and Edward Sellon whose writing style is similar to his other published book 'Letters from India'.
"Top contender as the best smut book ever written. Outside of violence, bestiality, and watersports - sorry, aficionados, but you'll have to seek elsewhere - there is no perversion that is not committed by the cheerful congeries of libidinous Victorian Era libertines who populate the cast. Most impressive is the unflagging commitment of the anonymous author to maintaining the quality of his kink, even unto the five hundredth page. An eventual hasty and rote parsing of events, derived from a jaded imagination, pruned spirit, and aching wrist, would be entirely excusable in such a mammoth effort; but I'll be damned if good old Anonymous isn't still endeavoring to keep his pearls polished even unto the undiminished vigor of ejaculation and back-scratching orgasm in the waning chapters of this massive work. Multiple pairings, orgies, daisy chains, castle dungeons, boarding houses, schoolroom desks, cathedral pews, headmaster and judicial chambers, au naturel amidst sun-kissed leas ringed by sentinel tress, the Papal palace, a fisherman's hovel - it's a magical lascivious tour through a continent sternly straight-laced on the surface, with a brother and his two sisters forming the principal protagonists of this tawdry tale; they function as the magnets which attract an ever-increasing host of harlots and roués who bid a fond adieu to moral restraints and throw themselves wildly and willingly into the amorous adventures of this debauched crew. This naughty pleasure still finds itself in print today, over one hundred and forty years from the date of its original publication in serial form; allowing it to surreptitiously join its vaunted, much cleaner siblings from the Victorian Era in enjoying such an enviably enduring shelf-life."
Originally published in four volumes with no discrete chapters, each volume is too large to be published on a single web page. Consequently they are here divided into 'sections' to make publishing and reading easier.