Tractus de Hermaphrodites; Or, A Treatise of Hermaphrodites

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Tractatus de Hermaphroditis:

OR, A

TREATISE

OF

HERMAPHRODITES,

CONTAINING

I.A Description of the several Sorts
of HERMAPHRODITES, and
how the Law regards them in respect
to Matrimony.

II.Intrigues of HERMAPHRODITES
and Masculine FEMALES,
and of the outward Marks to distinguish
them.

III.The material Cause and Generation
of HERMAPHRODITES, of
unnatural BIRTHS, Generation of
MONSTERS, extraordinary CONCEPTIONS,
&c.


LONDON:

Printed for E. CURLL Fleet-street.

MDCCXVIII.

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PREFACE.

Prefaces now a Days are rather Apologies for the Works to which they are prefix’d, than written for Instruction; and generally a ludicrous Scene is expected, if the Performance be of an airy Nature; or, if not, at least an introductory Specimen of what the Reader may hope for in the Body of the Work.

I shall make no Apology for my Subject, notwithstanding an impudent Libeller has endeavour’d to load Authors and Publishers of Works of this Nature with the utmost Infamy; and herein I admire at the Front of the Fellow, to pretend to Chastise others for Writing only, when he practises a great deal more Iniquity than any Book extant can prompt him to, every Day that comes over his Head.

MY Design in the following Sheets is meerly as an innocent Entertainment for all curious Persons, without any Views of inciting Masculine-Females to Amorous Tryals with their own Sex; and I am perswaded there will not be one single HERMAPHRODITE the more in the World, on account of the publishing this TREATISE.

IT may be expected by some faithless Persons, that I should produce an HERMAPHRODITE to publick View, as an incontestible Justification of there being Humane Creatures of this kind; but as I have no Authority to take up the Petticoats of any Female without her Consent, I hope to be excus’d from making such demonstrable Proofs; and if I had such a Power, the Sight might endanger the Welfare of some pregnant Female, whose Curiosity would spur her to a particular Examination.

The Intrigues of my HERMAPHRODITES are indeed very amazing, and as monstrous as their Natures, but that many Lascivious Females divert themselves one with another at this time in this City, is not to be doubted: And if any Persons shall presume to Censure my Accounts, grounded on a Probability of Truth, I shall be sufficiently reveng’d in proclaiming them, what my HERMAPHRODITES are found to be in the Conclusion—Old Women.

I confess, all Histories of extraordinary Conceptions from these Intrigues, or by Women without actual Copulation, are equally fabulous with those of the Engendring of Men: It would be as surprizing to find a Man with a teeming Belly, as to see a Woman increase there meerly by her own Applications.

I doubt not but this small TREATISE may put some Persons upon a previous Examination of Robust Females, that they may be at a certainty with respect to mutual Enjoyment; but I would not have them rashly conclude from large Appurtenances only, that they are unnatural, but, on the contrary, agreeable Companions.

To conclude, I fear not the Censure of HERMAPHRODITES, nor of those that would be such to satisfy their vicious Inclinations; neither am I under any apprehensions from the Censure of our Reforming Zealots.

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Tractatus de Hermaphroditis:

OR, A

TREATISE

OF

HERMAPHRODITES.

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