Anthropological Studies of Sexual Relations of Mankind, Professor Paolo Mantegazza, trans. James Bruce (Anthropological Press [Falstaff Press], New York, 1932, [first edition thus])
9.25″ X 6.25″, 272pp. Hardbound, decorated cloth boards with reproduction of painting by Blake. Poor condition, spine detaching, boards mostly detached, binding coming apart.
Paolo Mantegazza (1831_1910) was a prominent Italian neurologist, physiologist, travel writer and anthropologist. He also was a controversial sex expert and a investigator of the effects of cocaine. This work was originally published in 1885 as Gli Amori degli Uomini. Falstaff Press translated and published this work in 1932 “for exclusive subscription of adult students of anthropology”. [Note: Some of the author’s offensive views were unfortunately common to the time re: race, homosexuality, etc.] Chapters include “The Celebration of Puberty – Erotic Education”, “Debauchery and Modesty in the Human Races”, “Embraces and Its Forms – Racial Arts of Love – Deflorations”, “Perversions of Love Among the Various Races”, “Mutilation of Sex Organs”, “The Conquest of Woman and of Men” and “Monogamy, Polygamy: Harem Life – Concubinage”