CURIOSA - VENETTE (N.): De la génération... - Lot 44 - Osenat

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CURIOSA - VENETTE (N.): De la génération... - Lot 44 - Osenat
CURIOSA - VENETTE (N.): De la génération de l'homme ou tableau de l'amour conjugal. Cologne, Joly, 1696. In-12 contemporary brown calf, spine ribbed and ornamented (binding worn with small tears, small sansmanque tears to qqq plates). 24 ff. 642 pp, 14 ff. illustrated with a portrait and 8 plates (some folding). In an approach that is not only medical, but also moral and philosophical, Venette deals with everything to do with human procreation, without any restrictions: anatomical particularities, copulation, childbirth, male and female sexuality, hermaphrodites, marriage, children... (and there are many chapters on the size of the penis, whether a man takes more pleasure than a woman, how many times a man can, etc.). His discourse is straightforward, and he doesn't hesitate to draw on numerous anecdotes (notably from the Ancients) to illustrate his ultimately hedonistic and naturalistic point. The book enjoyed considerable success, and was translated into many languages.
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