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The Birth of Mankind: Otherwise Named, the Woman's Book
     

The Birth of Mankind: Otherwise Named, the Woman's Book

by Elaine Hobby
 

ISBN-10: 0754638189

ISBN-13: 9780754638186

Pub. Date: 09/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Between 1540 and 1654, The Byrth of Mankynde was a huge commercial success. Offering information on fertility, pregnancy, birth, and infant care, and written in a chatty, colloquial style, it influenced most other literary works of the period bearing on sex, reproduction, and childcare. Until now, this important text has been unavailable except for a microfilm of the

Overview

Between 1540 and 1654, The Byrth of Mankynde was a huge commercial success. Offering information on fertility, pregnancy, birth, and infant care, and written in a chatty, colloquial style, it influenced most other literary works of the period bearing on sex, reproduction, and childcare. Until now, this important text has been unavailable except for a microfilm of the 1654 edition. For this new annotated edition of the 1560 version,
Elaine Hobby has modernized the spelling and included informative notes. In her critical introduction, she not only traces the development of the book from its German origins, but also shows how early-modern ideas about the reproductive process combined ancient, medieval, and contemporary conceptions. Combining editorial rigour with a concern for the needs of the informed non-specialist, Hobby has made available a text that will be useful to scholars and students in a range of academic disciplines, including literature, history, and women's studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754638186
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Series:
Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity Series
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: The history of The Birth of Mankind; Humoral theory; Other common medical beliefs in the early-modern period; New anatomy in The Birth of Mankind; Illustrations in The Birth of Mankind; The 'authors' of The Birth of Mankind; Note on textual history. The Birth of Mankind: otherwise named The Woman's Book; Preface (albeit some Aristarchus may perhaps find some lack); Here beginneth the table of the present book; A prologue to the women readers; The first book; The second book; The third book; The fourth book. Appendices; Medical glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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