Curiositates Eroticae Physiologiae; or, Tabooed Subjects Freely Treated

DAVENPORT, John. Curiositates Eroticae Physiologiae; or, Tabooed Subjects Freely Treated.

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DAVENPORT, John. Curiositates Eroticae Physiologiae; or, Tabooed Subjects Freely Treated. London: Privately Printed, 1875.

4to. Presumed binding of quarter leather over boards, as seen in other examples of this volume; binding covered with brown paper, secured with red wax seals; top edge gilt; black endpapers; pp. xviii, [ii], 216; spotting to outer and lower edges; bookplate to front fly-leaf; a little spotting to places in the text; boards obscured by paper cover, a very good copy.
First edition, published in a run of just 250 copies. Presumably hidden away beneath the brown paper wrapping because of its controversial subject matter, these 'taboo subjects freely treated' by Davenport include Chastity and Modesty, Marriage, Eunichism, and Hermaphrodism. Each chapter is in the form of an essay which details the historical and cultural approaches to the topics, and the significance that this has had on how the subjects have come to be considered. His closing essay on Death aptly includes a section titled 'Cases in which the mere apprehension of death has proved fatal,' so it is perhaps best not to dwell on that subject much further.

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