The “Sex Guide,” dated 1720 and banned until the 1960s because of its shocking content, was first put up for sale by the free pharmacy. The nearly 300-year-old book is called “Aristotle’s Masterpiece” made in two parts and was first published in London in 1684.
The book is a manual on family relationships, sex, contains tips, stories, odious theories, and informal illustrations. In particular, “Aristotle’s Masterpiece” states that a man must eat eggs, sparrows, pigeons, thrushes, as well as mosquitoes, ginger, and turnips for “seed abundance.” In addition, the book says that the deviations in newborn children are to blame for the “imagination of parents” who thought about other people during conception.
The appraiser of the Auction House “Hansons” Jim Spencer stressed that the book was written when people believed in magic, spirits, and burned witches on fires. Therefore, it is necessary to take into account this nuance, talking about it. It is also worth noting that the work was banned until the 60s of the 20th century because of its “cruel content” because the book describes the more odious speculations of the then scientists.
There were several reasons for this. For example, it features images of “monsters” that were “generated by a woman’s unnatural connection to animals,” Spencer said. Also, in the book are written recommendations on sex, how to lie down to conceive a boy or a girl, the period of “maturation” girl, called the right time for conception, remembered virgins and pregnant women. The book will be put up for auction at the end of March, the starting price of the “sex guide” – 80-120 pounds.