New York: J. S. Redfield, Publisher, 1870. First edition. 8vo, original terra-cotta cloth, gilt lettering, 240 pages. A trifle bumped and worn; a very good copy. Item #18625
“The means used for preventing conception, more particularly affecting women, together with the more bodily injurious, more nervously exhausting and more sinfully demoralizing procedures, for the purpose of destroying and making away with the results of conception—these are the crying evils of the age and of the world.” On the sorry physical and mental state of modern women, corrupted through self-degeneracy, tight lacing, waltzes, and abortion; the dedication to America’s clergy notes in part the “rapid extinction of the native American people”—voicing the common fear that reproductive control of “native American” New England stock would allow the comparatively prolific immigrant populations to transform America. Atwater 1327.