KALOGYNOMIA – Controversial Book



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A Very Rare and interesting Book entitled Kalogynomia or the Laws of Female Beauty by T. Bell. Illustrated with 25 engraved plates. 9 of the plates are stored in a special pocket at the rear pastedown, these being the more sexually explicit ones. Written by Scottish physician John Roberton (1776-1840) and originally published in 1821 under the pseudonym T. Bell MD (London: John Stockdale). Due to various controversies arising from his specialties (sexually-transmitted diseases and the pathology of the reproductive system) was expelled from the Royal Medical Society in 1810. “Kalogynomia” combines a dissertation on the aesthetics of the female form with technical explanations of the functions of the sexual organs and observations on sexual practices in various world cultures. “Nota Bene.- Plates 10, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24 should not be carelessly exposed to Ladies or to Young Persons. These plates are therefore stitched up separately, and placed in a secret pocket cunningly hidden in one of the covers of the binding.” This edition was published for subscribers only by the Walpole Press, 1899 and is number 844 in a limited number of 1000 copies. Book measures 23x16x4.5cms and is in very good condition, navy blue cloth boards, gilt lettering to spine, light wear, page ends untrimmed, hinges strong & binding firm, no inscriptions and minimal wear, very occasional isolated fox marks. With 25 plates as called for all present, 9 of which are stored in the pocket at the rear pastedown.

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