A Philosophical Dialogue Concerning Decency. To which is added a critical and historical dissertation on places of retirement for necessary occasions, Together With an Account of the Vessels and Utensils in use amongst the ancients . . . By the author of the Dissertation on Barley Wine.
by ROLLESTON, Samuel (1702?-1766) [Also attributed to Benjamin Buckler (1716/8-1780)].
London:: Printed for James Fletcher, . . . 1751., 1751. 4to. 47,  pp. Later black half gilt-stamped morocco, marbled boards, top edge gilt. Very rare. A philosophical dialogue between three persons (one being the author/ narrator), on the issues of shame and decency relating to toilets and defecation and social practices in ancient Rome and in Christian society. For "the necessities of nature must be attended to; and nature requires us to empty, as well it does to fill." – p. 3. "The bridge between the eighteenth-century Plato and Sade is supplied by Benjamin Buckler's A Philosophical Dialogue Concerning Decency, (1751), a work that hovers indeterminately between unwitting and conscious parody.
(Inventory #: M13440)
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