New-England: Printed for the Proprietor, February—, 1813. A later but still fairly early New England edition of this evergreen sex manual. 12mo, original calf, gilt ruled spine, red leather spine label, gilt lettering, 264 pages. Front hinge cracked along the gutter of the title page, but cords holding and front joint sound; approx. two-inch crack at the head of the rear joint, with the board somewhat bowed; some general wear; worming to the lower margin of the first 18 leaves, affecting several words; a good, sound copy only of a book which appears to have seen some use. Item #18005
“For the first, when married persons design to follow the propensions of nature for the production of the fair image of themselves, let every thing that looks like care and business be banished from their thoughts, for all such things are enemies to Venus; and let their animal and vital spirits be powerfully exhilarated by the brisk and generous restoratives; and let them to invigorate their fancies, survey the lovely beauties of each other, and bear the bright ideas of them in their minds; and if it happens, that instead of beauty there is anything that looks like imperfection or deformity (for nature is not alike bountiful to all) let them be covered over with a veil of darkness and oblivion.” An early edition of the oft-republished works of the pseudo-Aristotle, what was for over a century perhaps the most popular sex education manual in Britain and America; includes crude woodcuts of monstrous births. Austin 76; Atwater 120: “The 1813 New-England edition follows the textual tradition of the 1733 et al. London editions.” (Hoolihan then discusses the merits of whether or not the work was read as pornography or an instructional manual—or perhaps as both.).