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(Short List)   Aristotle sex manual banned for 200 years to be auctioned. Disappointingly not entitled "Aristotle: Full Throttle"   (shortlist.com) divider line 2
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2013-01-04 03:32:29 PM  
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I saw one of these in one of the better old bookstores in town.

They were published well into the 1800s and possibly even the early 1900s. They were not written by Aristotle, but since he had his name on many dull books of philosophy and proto-science, his name came to be used on early "sex manuals" for married couples who were still mystified about the facts of life, venereal disease, and sexual disfunctions.

You could put them on your private bookshelves without too much worry that snoops and children would ever give them more than a glance.

In the book business, many things are not what they seem. A lot of scurrious or poltiically-incorrect literature was bound into books of sermons for the same reason. It would be a hard-core believer who ever bothered to look at a book of old sermons. In fact, the only people who ever touch an edition of old sermons is clergymen who are looking for sermons they can steal and claim as their own.

When the dustjacket was invented, early in the 1800s, it came to be used to disguise the real contents of books. I have a couple of books with double covers. On one side is the real title, on the other is a fake title that is guaranteed to cause little interest or curiosity.

One fine example is a little satire written about Hitler during World War II. Entitled The Flying Visit, it has Hitler parachuting into England to negotiate a peace and how he is greeted by the locals, namely with ill-concealed disinterest. Because the topic was a bit touchy, it was published with a fake cover that could be used to conceal the contents from prying eyes.

I could go on and on but there are plenty of books on the subject of weird books and weird book customs and book lovers, so you can easily do your own research or ask a librarian for some suggestions.

By the way, sex manuals were not necessarily banned in all times and places where Aristotle's name was borrowed by authors, but people have always been embarassed by certain types of reading, so these manuals were quite popular. Some of their authors probably knew less about how sex really worked than Aristotle himself, who did in fact write a book or two on the sex lives of animals.

Personally I prefer the real Aristole to the pseudo-Aristotles, although the latter may be funnier.
2013-01-04 09:00:04 AM  
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