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A Curious Work on Female Sexuality

Problema devstvennosti: Ispoved' staroi devy [The problem of virginity: the confession of an old virgin].

Berlin: Izdatel'stvo Ol'ga D'iakova, [1929]. Octavo (20.3 × 15 cm). Original pictorial wrappers with publisher's mark to rear wrapper; 218, [1] pp. Wrappers worn and creased; tape repair to spine; internally good.

Nikolai Rominskii (1868-1943), who used the pseudonym Donets, was a Russian painter, graphic artist, pedagogue and writer who studied art in Russia and abroad. After the fall of the Russian Empire and the Russian Revolution, he settled in Riga, Latvia. His literary output primarily consists of books on historical topics and those for young adults that deal with ethical questions, in particular, questions of gender and sexuality. The present work is an example of the latter; it is a morally-driven book with a pseudo feminist bent. Adopting a female narrative voice, Rominskii-Donets tries to break down religious, societal, and moral prejudices against women and interrogates the unequal relation between the sexes. This is a later edition of the original 1900 publication, likely with a new foreword, in which Rominskii-Donets claims that more modern concepts of love have yet to be developed following the upheavals of war and revolution. KVK, OCLC only show the paper copies at the British Library, Johns Hopkins, and UCLA.

Book ID: P003704

Price: $225.00