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Ueber die Schädlichkeit der Bordelle. by  Friedrich Gottlob Leonhardi - 1792 - from Black Dog Rare Books (SKU: 50)

Ueber die Schädlichkeit der Bordelle.

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Ueber die Schädlichkeit der Bordelle.

by Leonhardi, Friedrich Gottlob

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4to. 22, [2 blank] pp. Contemporary paste-paper wrappers. The wrappers slightly worn and the spine damaged, small label on front wrapper and two owner's annotations ("Leonhardi" and "N. 67"), paper evenly browned, dog ears, overall in very good condition.

A rare diatribe against brothels and moral decay by German author and economist Friedrich Gottlob Leonhardi (1757-1814).

As the title already suggests, the author isn't very keen on brothels (or indeed on sex in general). He goes to great lengths to convince the reader that brothels lead to moral breakdown, a myriad of illegitimate children, and a general decline of health and life expectancy. Leonhardi, moreover, warns that too many ejaculations (more than twice a week, that is!), can result in "Wahnsinn", "Raserey", "Blödsin" or even in murder and manslaughter.

"Die Hurerey ist das Grab der guten Sitten, der Zucht und Ehrbarkeit, der besten Kräfte und einer zahlreichen Nachkommenschaft, welche dem Staate entzogen wird", as he aptly summarizes his essay.

According to the title, the essay was part of a larger work on statecraft that the author had planned; it is unclear whether that was actually published.

HPB Database (5 copies); VD18 10159398.


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