SEX & SEXUALITY, 1640-1940
Literary, Medical and Sociological Perspectives
Part 1: Sources from the Bodleian Library, Oxford and the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London
Sex and Sexuality seeks to make available a broad range of rare printed texts describing changing attitudes towards sex and the body. Part 1 covers 61 texts from the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and the Wellcome Institute in London. It offers:
- Medical works on the body, sex, and venereal diseases, including Aristotle's Masterpiece (1690) and Tissot's A New Guide to Health and Long Life (1808).
- Writings on sexual habits, such as Bienville's Nymphomania (1775) and accounts of James Graham's 'celestial bed' through which electrical currents were passed in order to give couples 'superior ecstasy'.
- Works on masturbation from Onania (1729) to Tissot's A Treatise on the Crime of Onan (1766).
- Advice literature on sex such as Thomas Beddoes' Hygeia (1802-3) and H H Allbutt's The Wife's Handbook (1886).
- Material concerning prostitution, including William Acton's Prostitution considered in its moral, social and sanitary aspects (1857) and Michael Ryan's Prostitution in London, with a comparative view of that of Paris and New York (1839).
- Writings on the sociology of sex from George Drysdale's The Elements of Social Science; or Physical, Sexual and Natural Religion (1861) to Richard von Krafft-Ebbing's Psychopathia Sexualis (1892)