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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

been believed by the vulgar, that upon it the birds invariably choose 

their mates for the ensuing season. In imitation, therefore, of their 

example, the vulgar of both sexes, in many parts of Britain, meet 

together; and having upon slips of paper wrote down the names of all 

their acquaintances, and put them into two different bags, the men drew 

the female names by lot, and the women the male; the man makes the woman 

who drew his name some trifling present, and in the rural gambol becomes 

her partner; and she considers him as her sweetheart, till he is 

otherwise disposed of, or till next Valentine's day provide her with 

another. 

 

 

COURTS OF LOVE. 

 

In Spain, during the Middle Ages, courts of Love were established. These 

courts were composed of ladies summoned to meet together, for the 

purpose of discussing, in the most formal and serious manner, "beautiful 

and subtle questions of love." They decided the precise amount of 

inconstancy which a lady might forgive, without lowering her own 

dignity, provided her lover made certain supplications, and performed 

certain penances; they took it into solemn consideration whether a lover 

was justified, under any circumstances, in expressing the slightest 

doubt of his lady's fidelity; they laid down definite rules, and 

ceremonials of behavior, to be observed by those who wished to be 

beloved; and gravely discussed the question whether sentiment, or sight, 

the heart, or the eyes, contributed most powerfully to inspire 

affection. 

 

 

IMMODESTY AT BABYLON. 

 

That modesty and chastity, which we now esteem as the chief ornament of 

the female character, does not appear in times of remote antiquity to 

have been much regarded by either sex. At Babylon, the capital of the 

Assyrian empire, it was so little valued, that a law of the country 

even obliged every woman once in her life to depart from it. This 

abominable law, which, it is said, was promulgated by an oracle, 

ordained, That every woman should once in her life repair to the temple 

of Venus; that on her arrival there, her head should be crowned with 

flowers, and in that attire, she should wait till some stranger 

performed with her the rites sacred to the goddess of debauchery. 

 

This temple was constructed with a great many winding galleries 

appropriated to the reception of the women, and the strangers who, 

allured by debauchery, never failed to assemble there in great numbers, 

being allowed to choose any woman they thought proper from among those 

who came there in obedience to the law. When the stranger accosted the 


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