Paris: Isidore Liseux, Éditeur, 1883. Second edition. 12mo; vellum boards overlayed with marbled paper, gilt-stamped spine, t.e.g., deckle fore-edge, marbled endpapers, black & red printed title page, vi, 104 pp. Limited edition of 150 copies, this no. 70.
Original wrappers bound in. First published in Latin by Liseux in 1879 as “De Sodomia Tractatus,” this second edition was published in French, and an English language edition was published in 1893, also by Liseux, as “Peccatum Mutum.” “De la sodomie” is a chapter taken from the Italian Franciscan priest, Ludovico Maria Sinistrari’s (1622-1701), “De Delictis et Pœnis Tractatus Absolutissimus (1700),” a notorious work cataloguing specific sins and their just punishment. Sinistrari’s work aided the Inquisition, although it was later added to the Vatican’s Index of banned works until 1753. In Sodomie, Sinistrari describes what constitutes sodomy, most specifically between women, and suggests torture by fire for those who practice it, as well as impunity for those who kill someone tempting them with the act. Only two copies in OCLC at the National Library of France and the Kinsey Institute. Item #05476