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Onania: or, The Heinous Sin of Self-Pollution by Anonymous 1730 proved remarkably popular and went into fifteen editions.
It came into being "in or around 1712" with the publication in London of a short tract with a very long title: Onania; or, The Heinous Sin of Self Pollution, and all its Frightful Consequences, in both SEXES Considered, with Spiritual and Physical Advice to those who have already injured themselves by this abominable practice.
"It was not an accident" (Laqueur again) that Onania was published in the same decade as Defoe's first novels.
"It was not an accident," Laqueur writes, in the careful phrase of a historian eager at once to establish a link and to sidestep the issue of causality, that Onania was published in the age of the first stock market crashes, the foundation of the Bank of England, and the eruption of tulip-mania.
These four writers -- the author of _Onania_, Tissot, Voltaire, Lallemand -- are certainly responsible for much.
His book was published in London, and entitled: _Onania, or the Heinous Sin of
The weirdest thing on show is Jan Manski's 'Onania' series.
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