Sydney, The Author, May 1914/ .
Octavo, 47 pages with 2 illustrations plus a folding frontispiece containing 8 illustrations.
Early cord-bound textured card covers a little worn, cut a little short top and bottom, and probably lacking a front cover label (but an amateur binding to be sure); folding plate and (very slightly) the first two leaves a little stained; signs of use; a more-than-acceptable copy of a book written to be read.
William James Chidley (1860?-1916), sex reformer and eccentric; we recommend you read his entry in the 'Australian Dictionary of Biography'. But we'll give you The Answer here: 'While reasonably recommending vegetarianism, fresh air, sunlight and unrestrictive clothing, and criticizing money-making and class distinction, he also postulated a "correct" method of intercourse that would "take place only in the Spring and between true lovers only". He believed that his sexual theory was the answer to all the ills of mankind.... Chidley was a victim of morbid elements in his own nature and in his life: coinciding, they led to his destruction. His theory, although ludicrous at first sight, is no more than a doctrine of gentleness and love. To a certain extent, he was a primitive, unschooled forerunner of Freud and Reich, with his message that "Our false coition makes villains of us all"'.