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1795 AMERICAN SEX MANUAL Aristotle's master-piece, or, the secrets of nature displayed
1795 American Sex Manual Aristotle's master-piece, or, the secrets of nature displayed: complete, in two parts. To which is added, the family physician: containing, choice and approved remedies, for several distempers incident to human bodies.Publisher/year Philadelphia : Printed for the purchasers, 1795. 12 mo., 6.5 x 4 inches. 94 p., [1] leaf of plates of Child in Womb : ill. Signatures: A-H⁶ (F2-F3 missigned E2-E3). Not in Evans. This edition was apparently issued without a frontispiece and matches the collation of the Library Company copy. The printer almost certainly was Peter Stewart, a Scottish printer who arrived in Philadelphia in 1784. Binding: Original boards, rear board detaching (held by strings). spine with some losses and old stitching; internally some toning and foxing, some light staining but generally a surprisingly well preserved copy of a modest publication. Provenance : contemporary inscription to last blank of Christopher (Scrivin?). Aristotle's Masterpiece is "a dirty book, indeed the dirty book of the early modern period. It was sold furtively by country peddlers and in general stores and taverns; regular booksellers seldom advertised it, though they usually had it under the counter. " [Ref: http://librarycompany.org/treasures/ad7.htm] All early American editions are Rare. ESTC cites on the copy at the Library Company of Philadelphia. No copies in RBH. The American woodcuts are cruder than comparable English editions with the child in the womb with a hint of early unintended cubism.
Bookseller: Adam Weinberger Books [United States]
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