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BOOK REVIEW – ANDREW CANN – ADVANCED 17th CENTURY SEX ~2 Bootleg Press New Jersey. Undated Edition.

 

A very low quality illustrated pamphlet of sexual positioning supposedly favoured in the seventeenth Century.

 

The biggest problem is that the author finds most actual woodcut images of such activity from the period difficult to follow and the positions over ambitious. He has therefore replaced the authentic period artwork with his own simplified modern drawings, which renders the book utterly useless as a history textbook. The drawings could be of anyone actively indulging in sex in any time period.  Apart from his short introduction. The author provides no textual notes to explain what each drawing is actually included for beyond an obvious superficial titillation. The drawings look like crudely drawn parodies of the bearded man illustrations in Alex Comfort’s Joy Of sex book from the 1960’s. This is arguably the least useful history book and sex book I have ever seen.

 

While some of the postures adopted in the images are awkward, the notion that this represents professionalism has no real foundation. Many amateurs’ sexual athletes try something ambitious like sex standing up, or providing for multiple partners at a single time, with varying degrees of pleasure and success or failure and pain.

 

The author sees the book as useful to historic re-enactors, though it is highly unlikely that a literal restaging of the orgies enjoyed by Rochester and his likes would be staged for a public audience, and the many families who attend modern re-enactment Living History events. At best, such indulgencies would be used for role play and fantasy games in brothels and private bedrooms.

 

That there are two other volumes to go with this work does not surprise me, though I will certainly not be investing in them given the poor quality of this section.

 

Arthur Chappell

 

SEE ALSO A TO Z CONTENTS LISTINGS  ATHEISM / HUMANISM  CULTS AND BRAINWASHING  ENGLISH CIVIL WAR HISTORY  AND RE-ENACTMENT PAGES   EROTICA (ADULTS ONLY)   .FILM REVIEW PAGES   FUNNY PAGES GENERAL ARTICLES   GENERAL PHOTOGRAPHS       HOME PAGE  LINKS TO OTHER PEOPLES PAGES    LISTS (MY TOP TENS OF EVERYTHING)   MANCHESTER, ENGLAND   MY FICTION MY POETRY  MY SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND HORROR PAGES  MY SCRIPTS   NEWS  PHOTOGRAPHS OF ME   UPDATES   WEBSITE REVIEWS  FACEBOOK - http://profile.to/arthurchappell/ My Space http://www.myspace.com/arthurchappell  E-MAIL  arthur@chappell7300.freeserve.co.uk   MY BOOK REVIEWS These reviews and abstracts cover just about every book I have read recently. Scroll through the whole alphabetical list of abstracts and reviews below, or look through the following genre and sub-category list SUB-CATEGORIES - CHILDREN’S BOOKS  CLASSIC LITERATURE  COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS  CULTS ENGLISH CIVIL WAR  EROTICA (ADULTS ONLY)  FANTASY HISTORY HORROR HUMOUR MANCHESTER, ENGLAND NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES NON-FICTION PHILOSOPHY  POETRY  RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORIES A TO Z OF BOOK REVIEWS BY AUTHOR A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z  (Superhero comics are listed alphabetically by the name of well known heroes, i.e., Batman Superman, etc).