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An early manual on sex and pregnancy banned from sale in the UK for more than 200 years will go under the hammer this month.
The book is thought to have served as a reference guide for amateur midwives and young married couples and includes dire warnings about the possible consequences of extra-marital sex.
Aristotle's Compleat Master-Piece first appeared around 1680 and sets out various ideas on sexual relationships and how to conceive.
It was banned in the mid-18th century and remained a forbidden text until the prohibition was lifted in the 1960s.
An edition printed in the 1760s is expected to fetch up to £400 when it goes on sale at Edinburgh auction house Lyon and Turnbull.
I guess bans don't really work too well.
A cutting from 1930s' newspaper advice column is said to have included a question from a reader asking where a copy of the book could be obtained.
Apparently contradicting itself, the reply stated: ''You may not buy a copy of Aristotle's Complete Masterpiece. You may expect to pay three-and-sixpence.''
People knew how to conceive, but they needed the manual to tell them important "facts" they might not otherwise know, like, if they had sex outside of marriage, the offspring might be some kind of freak as punishment for their sin. "Siamese twins" was one example mentioned in the OP link.
Originally posted by shapur
I though most humans already knew how to conceive..or not to ..