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An illustrated warning of the deadly perils of self-abuse

He was young, handsome, his mother’s fond hope, but he corrupted himself. Soon he bore the grief of his error, old before his time, his back hunches. His eyes once so pure, so brilliant, they are extinguished! A fiery band envelops them…

This is a story from the 1830s, about a handsome young man’s slow decline under the influence of the deadly vice. A graphic warning against the perils of self-abuse, or onanism. Mr. Jim Edmonson of the Dittrick Museum has just written a wonderful post on his museum blog about this rare illustrated book, generously scanning the lovely hand-colored images and translating the captions from French to English, so that today we have a kind of inadvertent 1830s graphic novel.

He was young, handsome, his mother's fond hope

He was young, handsome, his mother’s fond hope

He corrupted himself! ... soon he bore the grief of his error, old before his time... his back hunches...

He corrupted himself! … soon he bore the grief of his error, old before his time… his back hunches…

 

See his eyes once so pure, so brilliant, they are extinguished! a fiery band envelops them

See his eyes once so pure, so brilliant, they are extinguished! a fiery band envelops them

Hideous dreams disturb his slumber... he cannot sleep...

Hideous dreams disturb his slumber… he cannot sleep…

 

His chest burns... he spits up blood...

His chest burns… he spits up blood…

His hair, once so lovely, falls as if from old age, his scalp grows bald before his age...

His hair, once so lovely, falls as if from old age, his scalp grows bald before his age…

 

He hungers, he wants to satiate his appetite; food won't stay down in his stomach...

He hungers, he wants to satiate his appetite; food won’t stay down in his stomach…

His chest collapses... he vomits blood...

His chest collapses… he vomits blood…

 

Pustules cover his entire body... He is terrible to behold!

Pustules cover his entire body… He is terrible to behold!

A slow fever consumes him, he declines, all of his body burns up...

A slow fever consumes him, he declines, all of his body burns up…

 

His entire body stiffens!... His limbs stop moving...

His entire body stiffens!… His limbs stop moving…

He is delirious, he stiffens against death, death gains strength...

He is delirious, he stiffens against death, death gains strength…

 

At the age of 17, he expires, and in horrible torment.

At the age of 17, he expires, and in horrible torment.


 

Thanks

dittrick.blogspot.it
morbidanatomy.blogspot.it

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