Aristotle's Complete Master-Piece, Displaing the Secrets of Nature in the Generation of Man. To which is added The Family Physician; being approved remedies for the several distempers incident to the human body. A new edition.
London: Printed for the Booksellers, 1802 [but Boston: Manning and Loring, circa 1808]. 12mo. 72pp. Four woodcut illustrations.
Contemporary calf-backed paper covered boards
An unrecorded early American pirated edition with a false imprint of this famous and mildly racy publication.
As a result of its frank discussion of sexual matters, this work was considered pornographic and is considered to be "the dirty book of the early modern period." The book contains detailed descriptions of sexual intercourse, human sexual development, sexual organs, the exact meaning of virginity, sterility, pregnancy, childbirth, adultery, etc. Perhaps for this reason, an enterprising American publisher (in puritanical New England, no less) pirated the present edition and retained the spurious imprint.
Taken from the London 1802 edition of The Works of Aristotle, but entirely reset and with new woodcuts, this example in original sheep backed boards and with wastepaper endpapers and pastedowns from a Boston 1808 almanac published by Manning and Loring (to whom we have therefore ascribed this edition). Rare, with only a single example recorded in OCLC (Library Company of Philadelphia).