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The Sexual Relations of Mankind

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This is the 3rd volume of his Love Trilogy.
Paolo Mantegazza (1831–1910) is remembered mainly as a sex writer, sometimes a term of reproach, sometimes a term of honor. As a delineator of love, he's never been surpassed & rarely equaled. He has faults as a writer, but they're invariably the faults of superabundance from the depths of his nature there poured a thousand pa
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published 1938 by Eugenics Publishing Co. (NYC) (first published 1885)
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Aug 18, 2015 kat rated it it was ok
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Don't ask me how I wound up with a copy of this book, because I don't know. It must've been in the depths of one of those library sale grab bags, once upon a time.

It's less science than a collection of hearsay, apocrypha, and late 19th century cultural imperialism and casual racism. For all that, I found it oddly fascinating. The author catalogs, for example, the marriage rituals of (I can only assume) every society he's ever heard of. Sometimes the lists cross the line into exhaustively repetit
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Dec 24, 2014 Erik Graff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: sexology historians
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sciences
I'd heard about this book and its author, he being discussed as one of the founders of sexology and sexology being treated as one of the tributaries to the development of depth psychology, so when I came upon a copy, I bought it and read it.

Mantegazza is to modern sexology as Herodotus is to modern history: quaint, chatty and charming--but hardly science. My favorite portion of his treatment of sexual customs throughout the world and through the ages was his description of a people who maintain
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