Enclosed in a green cardboard slipcover, all edges worn but no cracks or tears. A clean, unmarked copy, pages and edges in very good condition, with some browning of final page edges and three small brown spots on the rear cover. However, because the sewn binding is literally hanging by one thread we have chosen the "good" rating. The booklet has split at page 24-25, each of the two halves still securely bound. Originally written in the 17th century by Sinistrari, a Capuchin Father, "Peccatum Mutum" is a detailed interpretation of the theological law regarding "this exceedingly heinous" behavior. A separate single grey paper sheet, also in two pieces, lists the 11 books in English available from the publisher, including a two volume "Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (Fanny Hill)". 76 pages, 4.25" x 6.5". [A]. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Peccatum Mutum [The mute sin, alias sodomy].
Publisher: Isidore Liseux / Paris
Publication Date: 1893
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Isidore Liseux,, Paris, 1893. First edition in English. Liseux was a pioneering figure in the publication of clandestine literature in English, working from Paris, but evidently supplying an English market. His publications were frequently scholarly texts in the history of sexuality and found their way onto the shelves of bibliophiles and collectors of erotica. Not generally been noted, the title here finds an echo the following year with the famous phrase 'The love that dare not speak its name' in the poem 'Two Loves' by Lord Alfred Douglas, published in 1894, later discussed at length in the Wilde trial. 12mo (158 × 100 mm), pp. ix, , 76, original printed blue wrappers, preserved in early twentieth-century green half morocco. Upper joint repaired. Bookseller Inventory # 5424