A long-banned 18th-century sex manual that sheds light on the amorous predilections of Georgian England has been unearthed.
The titillating tome from 1720 — titled “Aristotle’s Masterpiece Completed In Two Parts, The First Containing the Secrets of Generation” — is set to be auctioned next month.
“A century after women first won the right to vote in the UK, this book takes us back to very different times,” Jim Spencer of Hansons Auctioneers told The Times of London.
“It talks of man being ‘the wonder of the world, to whom all things are subordinate,’ Women are painted as being prone to sexual indulgence.”
The illustrated book was banned until the 1960s in part because it has “woodcut illustrations of “monsters” that “are begot by Women’s unnatural lying with Beasts” — an example being a woman “generating with a dog,” Spencer said.
“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,” he said.
“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,” he added.
Included are tips for women “to look earnestly” at their hubbies during sex to avoid giving birth to children “with a hairy lip, wry mouth or great blubber-lips.”
For their part, men are advised to consume eggs, blackbirds, sparrows, pigeons, gnat snappers, thrushes, partridges, parsnips and turnips to “make the seed abound.”
The book — which combines religion, witchcraft, astrology and old wives’ tales — also offers romantic advice to spice things up in the sack.
“I do advise, before they begin their conjugal embraces, to invigorate their mutual desires and make their flames burn with a fiercer ardour by those endearing ways that love can better teach than I can write,” it reads.
To produce boys, women are advised to lie on their right after sex and on their left to have girls.
“The fittest time for the procreation of male children is when the sun is in Leo and moon in Virgo, Scorpio or Sagittarius … to begat a female the best time is when the Moon is in the wane, in Libra or Aquarius,” the manual states, according to the Mirror of the UK.
And it also urges men to demonstrate some post-coital common courtesy.
“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,” according to the book.
“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 labour.”
The manual even cites pregnant women’s “greedy longings for things that are contrary to nutriments” — such as “coals, rubbish, chalk, hob-nails, leather, man’s flesh and horse flesh.”
The book will be sold at Hansons Auctioneers Library Auction in Etwall, Derbyshire, on March 27.