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SCANDALOUS CONTRACEPTIVE ADVICE - The Wife's Handbook: How a Woman should Order Herself During Pregnancy, in the Lying-in Room, and after Delivery

Dr Henry Arthur Allbutt
Rare imprint of the earliest book by an English doctor to describe contraceptive methods whose publication caused its author to be barred from pr… Read more
Published in 1896 by R Forder.
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Rare imprint of the earliest book by an English doctor to describe contraceptive methods whose publication caused its author to be barred from practising as a doctor.

The book is bound in printed wrappers, describing itself on the cover as ‘Twenty-sixth Edition (240th Thousand). - 1896’. Pictorial advertisements for sanitary pads, and other medical equipment to the verso of the wrappers and both sides of the lower wrapper. The binding is near fine; collates: [5] pp7-59 [13] - the final 13 pages being devoted to medical adverts for contraceptive devices including pessaries, condoms and a vaginal syringe. OCLC locates one copy at University Sussex; Copac/ Jisc adds a copy at Liverpool University.

A remarkably well-preserved copy of a book that survives in small numbers despite its frequent reprinting on account of its inclusion of instructions for contraception. The chapter that caused such problems for its author is Chapter VII: How to Prevent Conception’ which includes explanation of several methods of conception including withdrawal, condoms and pessaries as well as advertisements with images of pessaries and syringes. A single annotation to the text highlights the prices of condoms which are advertised as available from W J Rendell’s in London.

Dr. Henry Allbutt was a Leeds doctor who helped to organise the Malthusian League aimed at planned population control. Allbutt fell foul of the medical profession for advocating birth control and this publication led to his prosecution by the General Medical Council; in 1887 he was struck off the Medical Register. Such was the fury prompted by this publication that the previous copies we have handled were all censored in some way by early readers to prevent access to details of contraceptive practice or equipment.


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Publisher R Forder
Date published 1896
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Product code 7944


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