“The Women of Malabar Are Very Amorous”
Gaya, Louis de. Marriage ceremonies, or, The ceremonies used inmarriages in all parts of the world. London: Printed for Abel Roper, 1697. 12mo (16 cm; 6.25"). , 112,  pp.
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Third edition in English, but the first with this title. Originally published in Paris, 1680 as Les cérémonies nuptiales de toutes les nations, it was first published in English in 1685 as Nuptial rites, of which ESTC locates only the British Library copy, and a second time in 1687 with the title changed to Matrimonial customs, of which ESTC locates only the copies at the British Library, Oxford, Ohio State, and UCLA's Clark Library. The title-page of a 1698 edition takes it on to note thatthe work is “very diverting, especially to the ladies,” and later printings also telegraph what might be called its “extra-educational” pleasures.
While the Irish and Scots are discussed, the English and Welsh are not. Commentary on the rest of the world is surprisingly inclusive: China, Japan, Maluccas, Maldives, Syria, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Florida, the Caribbean, Cuba, Colombia, India, and so on. Some attention is paid to a few religions or sects — Catholics, Calvinists, Lutherans, Moors, the Druses — and an index entry points to the “Negroes” of “Serrelionia.”
Having previously noted the paucity of reported copies of the first and second editions, we note that searches of NUC, WorldCat, ESTC, and COPAC locate only seven copies of this edition in U.S. libraries and two in British.
ESTC R39962; Wing (rev. ed.) G399; Alden & Landis, European Americana, 697/74; Caillet, Manuel bibliographique des sciences psychiques ou occultes, vol. 2/3, 4409 (other editions); Rosenthal, Bibliotheca magica et pneumatica, 6304 (other editions). Recent quarter red morocco. Foxing and age-toning, yet clean, pleasant, and strong; a good, complete copy. (34900)
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