Paris: Le Divan, 1923.
First Edition. Paperback. This medical, historical, legal, and literary study of the chastity belt is the work of Eric John "Dirty Ding" Dingwall (1890–1986), a respected anthropologist, skeptical psychical investigator, and sexologist who earned his nickname from his research interests in erotica and sexual customs. Dingwall had an illustrious and diverse career, writing well-received treatises on male infibulation, artificial cranial deformation, sexual mores in ancient and medieval times, and women, as well as his investigations of well-known "paranormal" events and personages. A well-preserved first printing of this formative and foundational study of the history and mythology of the chastity belt, which, despite current scholarship's more sceptical view of the actual use of such items, remains in service today as a resource on the subject, illustrated throughout in ten informative and provocative plates.
6 1/2" X 5". 164pp, plus 4 pages index. Rather heavy wear to pictorial paper wraps, showing a naked woman wearing a chastity belt from both anterior and posterior views, with toning, soiling, edgewear, and small tears to edges of heavily creased spine. Hard lean to spine. Binding is sound. Occasional smudge to pages, else unmarked. Good. Item #6157