Lord Camden is said to have learned Spanish, merely to enjoy Don Quixote more racily.
"The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey--Vol. 1" by Thomas de Quincey
It may read thin here; it would smack racily in the playroom.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It is Elizabethan, yet thoroughly modern; it is racily Irish, yet universal English.
"The Critical Game" by John Albert Macy