The Married Woman’s Private Medical Companion, Embracing the Treatment of Menstruation, or Monthly Turns, During their Stoppage, Irregularity, or Entire Suppression. Pregnacy [sic], and How it May be Determined . . . Office, 129 Liberty steert [sic].

New York: [n. p], 1858. A new printing from the same plates as the 1847 first edition, with a reset title page. 12mo, original discreet blind-stamped unlettered black cloth, xiii, [1], 238 pages. With a printed notice mounted to the front paste-down, “Ladies or Gentlemen writing to Dr. A. M. Mauriceau for medicine, books, or advice, will please be particular in giving their address and directions, specifying Town, County, State, &c.” (this notice previously unseen by this cataloger, who has handled numerous other editions and copies of Mauriceau). Cloth a bit rubbed and the corners and extremities of the spine; some staining along the upper edge of the first ten or fifteen leaves; printed notice a little foxed; a very good copy. Item #18918

An important popular early American book on contraception and abortion that went through numerous editions; advertisements in the columns of the New York Times tout the appearance of the Hundredth Edition by September 5, 1854 (a considerable jump from the so-called Twentieth Edition advertised in the newspaper a mere three months prior on May 22, 1854). Janet Brodie’s Contraception and Abortion in Nineteenth Century America (Ithaca 1994), in the course of her look at the career of New York city abortionist Ann Trow Lohman (better known as “Madame Restell”) notes the intersection of anti-abortion prosecution and entrepreneurial contraception sales, explaining that “in 1847, while Restell was in prison, either her husband [Charles R. Lohman] or Joseph F. Trow [whose name appears on the copyright page], her brother; or both went into the reproductive control business using the alias ‘Dr. A. M. Mariceau.’ . . . Primarily an inducement to readers to send money for secret remedies and to come to the Liberty Street address for abortions, it offered remedies through the mail or in person.” In part, this work makes moral and medical arguments in favor of contraception, and offers for sale at Mariceau’s Liberty Street address in New York such products as the condom (five dollars per dozen). The pseudonym seems likely a nod to the 17th century obstetrics innovator François Mauriceau, suggesting at least a passing familiarity with the art, and Charles Lohman continued in business at the Liberty Street address as A. M. Mauriceau through at least 1879; ads in the columns of the New York Herald on December 23, 1879 tout Mauriceau as at that location for “over 30 years,” while an article in the New York Times on December 10, 1878 (about a lawsuit between Joseph Trow and Charles Lohman over the disputed gift of bonds by Mrs. Lohman to her brother) refers specifically to Charles as “alias Dr. Mauriceau.” Atwater 2406 (this edition).

Price: $150.00