Published in 1937 by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd.
The author, Anthony Mario Ludovici (1882–1971) was a British philosopher, sociologist, social critic and polyglot. He is best known as a proponent of aristocracy, and in the early 20th century was a leading British conservative author. He wrote on subjects including art, metaphysics, politics, economics, religion, the differences between the sexes, race and eugenics. He published over 40 books as author, and translated over 60 others.
Ludovici's politics and philosophy (particularly his support of Hitler and Eugenics) contributed to his understandable fall from fame after the Second World War, it is therefore ironic that the summary on the flyleaf indicates possibly a more modern attitude to childbirth than was prevalent at the time this book was written:
"The author advances the daring claim that normal childbirth should be not merely free from tragedy and morbidity, not merely painless and uneventful, but actually a perfectly safe and and pleasurable function". However a quick glance through the book does indicate a pretty unpleasant and mysognonist and racist attitude to both women and various cultural practices in childbirth.
A rare book in shelf-worn price unclipped dust-jacket. Some tears, and extensive rubbing wear to extremities of the DJ. Light rubbing to edges of blue boards. Binding sound.