Peccatum mutum (the mute Sin, alias Sodomy) a theological Treatise.…

~ Peccatum mutum (the mute Sin, alias Sodomy) a theological Treatise. For the first Time translated from the Latin of Father Sinistrari. Paris: Isidore Liseux, 1893.

12mo (158 × 100 mm), pp. ix, [3], 76, original printed blue wrappers, preserved in early twentieth-century green half morocco. Upper joint repaired.

First edition in English, very scarce. It has not generally been noted, the title here finds an echo the following year with the famous phrase ’The love that dare not speak its name’ in the poem ‘Two Loves’ by Lord Alfred Douglas, published in 1894, later discussed at length in the Wilde trial. Liseux was a pioneering figure in the publication of clandestine literature in English, working from Paris, but evidently supplying an English market. His publications were frequently scholarly texts in the history of sexuality and found their way onto the shelves of bibliophiles and collectors of erotica. Worldcat: Cornell, NYPL, UC Davis, Trinity College Oxford, Bn.

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