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DEFOE, Daniel (1661?--1731)
[Conjugal lewdness. Reissue]
A treatise concerning the use and abuse of the marriage bed: shewing I. The nature of matrimony, its sacred original, and the true meaning of its institution. II. The gross abuse of matrimonial chastity, from the wrong notions which have possessed the world, degenerating even to whoredom. III. The diabolical practice of attempting to prevent child-bearing by physical preparations. IV. The fatal consequences of clandestine or forced marriages, thro' the persuasion, interest, or influence of parents and relations, to wed the person they have no love for, but oftentimes an aversion to. V. Of unequal matches, as to disproportion of age; and how such, many ways, occasion a matrimonial whoredom. VI. How married persons may be guilty of conjugal lewdness, and that a man may, in effect, make a whore of his own wife. Also, many other particulars of family concern.
London: printed for T. Warner, 1727.
vi, [2], 406 p. ; 18.2 cm. (8º)

Published anonymously; attributed by Halkett & Laing to Daniel Defoe. A reissue of Conjugal lewdness: or, matrimonial whoredom of the same year, with a cancel title-page (see Furbank and Owens 235). Pages 382--383 misnumbered 362--363. ESTC t70647; Moore 489.

Copy Notes Part of a uniformly bound 48-volume set of works by or attributed to Defoe which on the evidence of endleaves variously watermarked '1814', '1808', etc. was presumably assembled around 1810--15.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Use & Abuse Of The Marriage Bed'.

Reference Number 777


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