New-York: Printed by Mott & Lyon, for the Author, . First edition. 12mo (6.38 x 3.88 inches), contemporary acid sheep, morocco spine label, xxxix, , 104 pages. Both joints cracked but holding; some light wear and soiling, with a few lower corners town (not touching text); a very good copy. Item #20800
“The sure preventive to the pest of love, / Alkali lotions, when emission shoots / The semen forth, let copulation cease, / And soap’s warm lava cleanse th’ absorbent glands.” Verses, with an elaborate appended explanatory apparatus and a lengthy dedication “to the Nation of America,” from the eccentric pedestrian English philosopher Walking Stewart (1747-1822), who was at this time making his way on foot around North America. Per the imprint, this miscellany of political philosophy, maxims of conduct and health, and plans for his institution of the Homo-Ousia Society, all here printed per the imprint in “the fifth year of intellectual existence, or the publication of the apocalypse of nature, 3000 years from the Grecian olympiads, and 4800 from recorded knowledge in the Chinese tables of eclipses, beyond which chronology is lost in fable.” Evans 31238; Stoddard & Whitesell 554: “Written after Washington’s Farewell Address and before the election of Adams, according to the dedication; printed 1796 according to the form of the printer’s name.”.