Curiosities of Erotic Physiology, by John Davenport (Privately Printed by The Panurge Press, New York, 1930, #233/600, states “all of which, except ten copies for the editors of the Panurge Press, are intended for private circualtion among adult collectors of literary curiosities”)
8.5″ X 6″, 312pp, hardbound, decorative orange boards with gilt decorations and titles, top edge gilt, others deckled. Good condition for age.
States in preface: “Of all the subjects included under the term Physiology, there is not one so interesting, curious, and important as that of human generation and its subsidiary branches. Many works of the kind have, it is true, been published, but their language has, in deference to a pseudo-modesty, been so veiled and disguised as to render these works spiritless, jejune, and destitute of all interest, the inevitable consequence being that the wearied and impatient reader has cast the volume aside in utter disappointment. … In conclusion, the hope is expressed that the present work may not be found a collection of dry technical treatises, inasmuch as the text has been elucidated by many anecdotes and historical references connected with the subject matter.”
Contents: Generation, Virginity and Chastity; Marriage; Circumcision; Eunuchism; Hermaphrodism. A prime example of early 20th century American ‘scientific’ texts aimed at discerning gentlemen, with content that circumvented obscenity laws that prohibited mailing of contraceptives or tracts on abortion through the US postal service. Sexually explicit content directed at physicians, sociologists, or anthropologists was immune to the provisions of the anti-pornography Comstock Act of 1873. Copies of this limited edition first printing are scarce.