A ‘SEX manual’ which was banned for nearly 250 years because of its racy advice and references to bestiality has been unearthed.
The illustrated Georgian book, published in 1720, was banned until the 1960s.
Titled ‘Aristotle’s Masterpiece Completed In Two Parts, The First Containing the Secrets of Generation’ the first edition was published in London in 1684.
So concerned were the authors with the idea of ‘women’s unnatural lying with beasts’ they included multiple woodcut illustrations of the creatures born from such unions.
Other advice dished out to readers suggests that the imagination during sex influences what a child will look like.
Women are encouraged to ‘look earnestly’ at their husbands so their children will resemble them, rather than risk the children being born with ‘great blubber-lips’ if their minds wandered.
Even diet and astrology are analyzed to help couples determine whether they will have a boy or a girl.
And of course, marriage is considered vital for all couples.
The book, which is expected to fetch £120 at Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire in March, states: “Without doubt, the uniting of hearts in holy wedlock is of all conditions the happiest, for then a man has a second self to whom he can unravel his thoughts as well as a sweet companion in his labor’.
It also offers, ‘A Word of Advice to both Sexes in the Act of Copulation’: “I do advise, before they begin their conjugal embraces to invigorate their mutual desires and make their flames burn with a fiercer ardor by those endearing ways that love can better teach than I can write.
“And when they have done what nature can require, a man must have a care he does not part too soon from the embraces of his wife.”
Jim Spencer, books and manuscripts valuer at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire, said: “The first edition of this book was published in 1684 and it was as good as banned until the 1960s.
“There were several reasons for that. For example, it includes woodcut illustrations of ‘monsters’ that ‘are begot by Women’s unnatural lying with Beasts’ -- an example being a woman ‘generating with a dog’.
“There are several illustrations of beast-like creatures including a man sporting a bushy dog’s tail and a monster being born in Ravenna, Italy, in 1512.
“This is blamed on ‘filthy and corrupt affection’. But you have to bear in mind that this book was written when people were still being burnt for witchcraft in Georgian England.
“The book even claims parents’ imaginations produce a child’s features and includes an illustration of a ‘maid all hairy and an infant that was born black by the imagination of the parents’.
“In fact, if women cast their eyes on ill-shaped bodies, ‘the force of imagination’ could produce a child with ‘a hairy lip, wry mouth or great blubber-lips’.
“Instead, during sex, woman were urged to ‘earnestly look upon the man and fix her mind upon him.’ Then ‘the child will resemble its father’.
To be continued