By Martin Madan
London   J. Dodsley
8.5" by 5.5" xii [1], 2-402, 10pp
The third volume of this English clergyman's controversial support of the social benefits of polygamy.
By Martin Madan

1781 Thelyphthora; or, A Treatise on Female Ruin

London   J. Dodsley
8.5" by 5.5" xii [1], 2-402, 10pp
The third volume of this English clergyman's controversial support of the social benefits of polygamy.
£85.00
: 0.75kgs / : 785F15

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Leather Binding, Publishers' Original Binding

The third volume only of this three volume work from English barrister, clergyman and writer Martin Madan.

In the preface to this third volume, Madan explains the need for this extension to his work as he had not been sufficiently understood following the publication of the first two volumes.

In 1780, Madan raised a storm of opposition by the publication of his 'Thelyphthora', in which he advocated polygamy as the remedy for the evils of society. Arising from his acquaintance with the plight of the unfortunate inmates of the Lock Hospital, and with his arguments based mainly on scriptural authority, the crux of his case was expressed in a single sentence: 'Every man who has seduced a woman, whether with or without a promise of marriage, should be obliged to wed her publicly'.

His book caused many angry replies. Amongst them was 'Anti-Thelyphthora' by his first cousin, the poet William Cowper, which was published anonymously.

ESTC reference no. T116715

Condition

In the original full calf binding. Rubbing to spine head and tail, with minor rubbing to joints. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and clean.

Very Good

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