The Sword and Womankind, being an Informative History of Indescreet Revelations, Edouard de Beaumont (Privately Issued for Subscribers Only, the Panurge Press, New York, 1929, one of 1000)
8.5″ X 6″, 312pp, hardbound, decorative blue boards with gilt decorations and titles, top edge gilt, others deckled. Good condition for age.
Beaumont, with a characteristic French point of view, believes in a feminine interpretation of history – which is, that all important historic events are caused by women. But unlike most Frenchmen he believed that all such events are caused by naughty women. This is a history of those women, adapted from the original French. Sample chapters: In barbarous ages woman is a divinity – Frea, the Scandinavian Venus; Swordsmen become the agents of women’s sexual excesses – public defiances concerning harlots; Debauchery during the crusades – chivalry modified by oriental passions; New ways of love and dalliance – interest in salacious art. History of consequences of gender and sex including degradation of women, concubines, chastity belts, prostitutes, debauchery during crusades, erotic literature, duelists, cavaliers, orgies, etc. The book repeatedly advises that it is privately printed for subscribers only which was a legal fiction designed to get around obscenity laws prohibiting the public sale of such books.