Title The Book of Nature; containing Information for Young People who think of Getting Married, on the Philosophy of Procreation and Sexual Intercourse; showing how to prevent conception and to avoid child-bearing : also, rules for management during labor and child-birth.
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher New York Wallis & Ashton 1861
Seller ID 1592
An intelligent and liberal explanation of human sexual physiology with 9 surprisingly graphic plates (8 of which are colored, 4 folding) including intricacies of the sexual organs which wouldn't be publicly available for another hundred years. "The Book of Nature is unparalleled in the accuracy of the information it provides, and is superior even to many treatises written by and for a professional audience on sexual physiology"--Atwater/Hoolihan 164 & S77. This 1861 printing differs from the 1859 edition with a more nubile "unimpregnated female" supplied with a questionable apple replacing her hand-mirror. Enlightened advice on contraception, aphrodisiacs, abortions & "how to avoid child-getting." Blind stamped green cloth with gilt title and gilt cherubic Eros to cover. Moisture markings to gutters (see image) including some loss to fly sheets at gutter. A very early edition of an inexplicitly scarce work.; 12mo 4.25 x 6.5 in; 64 pages