Woman, and Her Thirty Years' Pilgrimage
Woman, and Her Thirty Years' Pilgrimage
Woman, and Her Thirty Years' Pilgrimage
Woman, and Her Thirty Years' Pilgrimage
Woman, and Her Thirty Years' Pilgrimage
Woman, and Her Thirty Years' Pilgrimage
Woman, and Her Thirty Years' Pilgrimage
Woman, and Her Thirty Years' Pilgrimage
Woman, and Her Thirty Years' Pilgrimage
Bliss, W. W.

Woman, and Her Thirty Years' Pilgrimage


First Edition. New York: William M. Littell, 1869.

Green cloth 8vo, 415pp. Good to Very Good with some mottling to cloth; old gluing at the front hinge, light soil to endpapers but contents just a bit age toned. A work on women's health intended for women themselves, addressing puberty, menstruation and menstrual disorders, sterility and abortion. The author's introduction remarks on women's predisposition to illness and its relation to the modern age, and the controversy around writing a text on women's health that is not restricted to distribution amongst medical practitioners.

The keeper of this copy may have been a young woman, herself--"Culbertson" is written in loopy cursive six times on the front flyleaf and there are sparing (but telling) bits of pencil marginalia in the volume. A band of squiggles emphasizes a certain passage on sexual fulfillment in the animal kingdom which begins, "The force of desire is exhibited in the extreme torture willingly suffered that the gratification may be tasted." In the chapter on sterility, the anecdote of a woman "who concealed a razor with which she removed the penis while in a sexual act" is preceded by an asterisk with the corresponding annotation: "I have heard Mr. Pierce tell of a similar case where he removed most of the penis and the man got his wife enceinte (pregnant)... bad joke or trick on the fellow." (364)