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THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-1
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-2
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-3
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-4
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-5
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-6
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-7
DEGREES OF SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT AT DIFFERENT PERIODS-8
A VIEW OF MATRIMONY IN THREE DIFFERENT LIGHTS
FEMALE FRIENDSHIP
A LETTER TO A NEW MARRIED MAN
ITALIAN DEBAUCHERY
CUSTOM IN THE MOGUL EMPIRE
ANECDOTE OF CAESAR
POWER OF PHILTRES AND CHARMS
LAPLAND AND GREENLAND LADY
ART OF DETERMINING THE PRECISE FIGURE, THE DEGREE OF BEAUTY,THE HABITS, AND THE AGE, OF WOMEN, NOTWITHSTANDING THE AIDS AND DISGUISES OF DRESS
THE IDEAL OF FEMALE BEAUTY; OR A DESCRIPTION OF THE FAMOUS STATUE OF THE VENUS DE MEDICI
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-1
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-2
Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex. PREFACE
THE SEXUAL ABERRATIONS-1.1
DEVIATION IN REFERENCE TO THE SEXUAL AIM-1.2
GENERAL STATEMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL PERVERSIONS-1.3
PARTIAL IMPULSES AND EROGENOUS ZONES-1.4
THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.1
THE SEXUAL AIM OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.2
THE INFANTILE SEXUAL INVESTIGATION-2.3
THE SOURCES OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.4
THE TRANSFORMATION OF PUBERTY-3
THE THEORY OF THE LIBIDO-3.1
SUMMARY-3.2
SUMMARY-3.3
INDEX-1
INDEX-2
INDEX-3

power of choosing partners in marriage for their young men; and, in the 

execution of this power, the affection and interest of the parties was 

totally overlooked, and the good of the state the only object of 

attention; in pursuing which, they always allotted the strongest and 

best made of the sex to one another, that they might raise up a 

generation of warriors, or of women fit to be the mothers of warriors. 

 

 

POLYGAMY AND CONCUBINAGE. 

 

Polygamy and concubinage having in process of time become fashionable 

vices, the number of women kept by the great became at last more an 

article of grandeur and state, than a mode of satisfying the animal 

appetite: Solomon had threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and 

virgins without number. Maimon tells us, that among the Jews a man might 

have as many wives as he pleased, even to the number of a hundred, and 

that it was not in their power to prevent him, provided he could 

maintain, and pay them all the conjugal debt once a week; but in this 

duty he was not to run in arrear to any of them above a month, though 

with regard to concubines he might do as he pleased. 

 

It would be an endless task to enumerate all the nations which practised 

polygamy; we shall, therefore, only mention a few, where the practice 

seemed to vary something from the common method. The ancient Sabaeans are 

not only said to have had a plurality, but even a community of wives; a 

thing strongly inconsistent with that spirit of jealousy which prevails 

among men in most countries where polygamy is allowed. The ancient 

Germans were so strict monogamists,[3] that they reckoned it a species 

of polygamy for a woman to marry a second husband even after the death 

of the first. "A woman (say they) has but one life, and but one body, 

therefore should have but one husband;" and besides, they added, "that 

she who knows she is never to have a second husband, will the more value 

and endeavor to promote the happiness and preserve the life of the 

first." Among the Heruli this idea was carried farther, a woman was 

obliged to strangle herself at the death of her husband, lest she 

should, afterwards marry another; so detestable was polygamy in the 

North, while in the East it is one of these rights which they most of 

all others esteem, and maintain with such inflexible firmness, that it 

will probably be one of the last of those that it will wrest out of 

their hands. 

 

The Egyptians, it is probable, did not allow of polygamy, and as the 

Greeks borrowed their institutions from them, it was also forbid by the 


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