Georgian secrets of sex sell for £3,100

Derbyshire auctioneer Hanson's sells Aristotle’s Master-piece Completed in Two Parts, First published in 1684, the book contains several graphic passages on bestiality and witchcraft.

Estimated at £80-120, the book eventually sold for £3,100. Jim Spencer, head of the books and manuscripts department at Hansons’, said: “People were particularly fascinated by the advice it gave to make men more virile. They were urged to eat meat to ‘make the seed abound’. A long list of recommended foods to aid men’s sexual function included eggs, sparrows, blackbirds, gnat snappers, thrushes, partridges, parsnips, young pigeons, ginger and turnips." As reported by the Antiques Trade Gazette.

Aristotle's Masterpiece


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