Venus School-Mistress, or Birchen Sports, anonymous, Preface by Mary Wilson (Birchopolis for the Delectation of the Amorous and the Instruction of the Amateur in the Year of the Excitement of the Sexes. 1917 [this is most-likely a newly rebound facsimile reprint of said edition, np nd])
6 3/4″ X 4 5/8″, 167pp, hardbound no DJ, half-leather, very good condition, owner’s signature in blue ink.
According to Ashbee, this work probably dates to 1808-10 (by R. Birch, Translator of Manon’s Memoirs, printed for Philosemus). It also appears in 1820 and then in 1830, published by George Cannon. This seems to be a reprint of a 1927 version. This edition reads “best and only complete edition” and “Reprinted from the edition of 1788 with a Preface by Mary Wilson, containing some account of the late Mrs. Berkeley”. Also contained in this edition are The Charm, The Night School, The Beautiful Jewess, The Butcher’s Daughter, Moral Reflections, The Questions for Casuists, Betsy Thoughtless and an extensive appendix with many articles about flagellation.