Vintage sex manual up for auction

Lyon & Turnbull book specialist Cathy Marsden looks at a 1760 manual for sex and pregnancy called "Aristotle's Compleat Masterpiece"Picture: PA

A sex manual from the 18th century is expected to fetch up to £400 (€491) at auction.

A 1760 edition of Aristotle's 'Compleat Master-Piece' - which first appeared around 1680 and features sex and pregnancy tips - was banned in the UK for more than 200 years before that prohibition was listen in the 1960s.

Despite the works being attributed to Aristotle, he did not have much, or possibly any, part to play in the book. It is not actually known who the main author of the text.

Cathy Marsden, a book specialist at auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull, told the Guardian newspaper: "The book includes dire warnings about the possible consequences of extra-marital sex. To the modern reader, it tells an amazing story of the changing perspectives on sex.

"There's nothing in it that would really be considered dirty in our society now. It's funny more than anything."

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