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

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Between 1540 and 1654, The Byrth of Mankynde was a huge conunercial 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.
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The Birth of Mankind: Otherwise Named, the Woman's Book 1

Preface (Albeit some Aristarchus may perhaps find some lack) 3

Here Beginneth the Table of the Present Book 5

A Prologue to the Women Readers 11

1 The First Book 23

2 The Second Book 97

3 The Third Book 153

4 The Fourth Book 185

App. 1 Richard Jonas's Titlepage, 1540 203

App. 2 Richard Jonas's Preface to his 1540 Edition 204

App. 3 Richard Jonas's Dedication of the 1540 Edition to Queen Katherine Howard 205

App. 4 Richard Jonas's Table of Weights and Measures, 1540 208

App. 5 Richard Jonas's Chapter 1, 1540 209

App. 6 Richard Jonas's Infant Remedies, 1540 211

App. 7 Richard Jonas's Fertility Remedies, 1540 213

App. 8 Thomas Raynalde's Latin Preface, 1545, 1552 216

App. 9 Thomas Raynalde's Anatomical Table, 1545 217

App. 10 Titlepage, 1654 229

App. 11 Chapter Added 1654 230

App. 12 Changes Introduced into The Birth of Mankind between 1540 and 1560 232

App. 13 Changes Introduced into the Anatomical Table of The Birth of Mankind between 1545 and 1552 242

App. 14 Changes Introduced into The Birth of Mankind after 1560 243

Medical Glossary 265

Bibliography 283

Index 295

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