Venezia: Antonio Graziosi, 1774. Third Italian edition. 8vo, contemporary vellum spine, sprinkled boards, , 164 pages. Boards somewhat rubbed, spine a little darkened; a very good copy. Item #17225
A nice early Italian edition of this critical work in the pathologization of masturbation. Perhaps an obversation might be made on the spread of a fundamentally Protestant approach to the idea of a “solitary vice” through the Roman Catholic culture of Venice and Italy of the period. Small light later ink stamped letter A to the front free endpaper; evidence of a small label neatly removed from the rear paste-down. Likely bound without a half-title or preliminary blank (collation on OCLC suggest prelims of both  and  pages).