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Onania: or, the heinous sin of self-pollution, and all its frightful consequences, in both sexes, consider'd, &c. With spiritual and physical advice to those who have already injur'd themselves by this abominable practice. The sixteenth edition, as also the seventh edition of the supplement to it, both of them revis'd and enlarg'd, and now printed together in this one volume. ...
London: printed for the author, and sold by J. Isted, 1737.
viii, 194, 142 p. ; 18.9 cm. (8º)

Anonymous; sometimes attributed to a Dr. Bekkers or more recently to the surgeon John Marten (fl. 1692--1737), but the author has not been identified. Now known to have been first published in 1716, and later considerably expanded over twenty further editions, the text is largely a compilation of ideas found in earlier works, but was profoundly influential in disseminating the notion of masturbation as sinful and the cause of a wide range of diseases well into the nineteenth century. (See Michael Stolberg, 'Self-pollution, moral reform, and the venereal trade: notes on the sources and historical context of Onania (1716)', Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 9, no. 1/2, 2000, pp. 37-61.) In later editions a growing number of letters and testimonials are accompanied by advertisements for consultations or treatments; the Supplement was first printed in 1725 'to be bound up with either the 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th, editions ...'. In this edition, the supplement has its own title-page, register and pagination, apart from pp. [1]--14 which are part of sig. O belonging to the main text. ESTC t55929.

Copy Notes Bookseller's price in pencil on front pastedown -3-. Former library lozenge-shaped paper spine-label in ink reading 3/23 [?].

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled borders and spine, brown leather spine-label, paper library spine-label.

Reference Number 4531


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