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La Ceinture de ChastetÈ: Son Histoire, son Emploi, Autrefois et Aujourdíhui avec de Nombreuses Gravures horsTexte, dessins et photographies díaprËs nature


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Paris: SociÈtÈ Parisienne díÈditions, 1904. First Edition. Small quarto. 125pp. With 14 illustrated plates (included the frontispiece) and 11 relief halftones. Printed blue wrappers bound in contemporary green cloth with red morocco spine label gilt. Text in French. Ownerís stamp on front pastedown, corners a little bumped, tiny scuff on front wrap, still easily near fine. (Item ID: 22281)

As scholar Albrecht Classen has shown (in his landmark THE CHASTITY BELT: A Myth-Making Process, 2007), the myth of the chastity belt remains stubbornly intractable. But as he convincingly argues, the medieval (or sometimes Renaissance) device as it is generally conceived was almost certainly never actually used. Instead, misinterretation, misunderstanding, misreading, and even outright deception and forgery have conspired to create an image of the chastity belt built more on symbolism and anxiety than scholarship and evidence. And among "studies" of the chastity belt ó almost all products of the 19th and 20th centuries ó Classen singles out Caufeynon's in particular as having "obviously deeply influenced subsequent writers over the next few decades [...] which testifies to the enormous impact [...] on the modern imagination." And LE CEINTURE DE CHASTETE was popular ó no doubt helped by its entirely staged and unnecessary (for a so-called academic text) photos of prostitutes modeling the belts. It was quickly reprinted in 1905, and has gone through several editions since (most recently in 2000). Nevertheless, the 1904 first edition is very scarce. OCLC locates just seven copies (over three records). A seminal (not sorry) book in the development of a decidedly modern myth, one that has remained a religious, sexual, and even feminist touchstone.

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