Olomouc: Lidové knihkupectví, 1933. Octavo (19.5 × 11.8 cm). Original printed wrappers; 124,  pp. Very good.
The second Czech monograph on homosexuality, issued nine years after a largely tolerant and supportive work by František Jelínek, which argued for homosexual inborn identity, not preference, claiming that 'it is impossible to acquire homosexual affections, as they are always inborn'." Quite to the contrary, the present work is based on the author's Catholic faith and seeks to counteract liberal laws and mores regarding sexuality. Nevertheless, the study is carefully researched, based on medical, legal, and theological literature, and features a lengthy bibliography (which curiously omits Jelínek's monograph, although Melka does cite several contemporary pro-gay journals and activists). With chapters on the history of homosexuality, "what its current advocates want," "how the rational and healthy mind views it" and on legal stances regarding homosexuality. KVK and OCLC only show the copy at the Czech National Library. A copy is also held by the Centrum queer paměti (Queer Memory Center, CQP, Prague).
Book ID: 50907