Madrid: La Espana Editorial, 1885. 8vo. 458,  pp., including index. FIRST EDITION IN SPANISH. Illustrated with 200 engravings by Jose Roy. Contemporary tree calf, worn, joints starting; marbled endpapers, some browning throughout consistent with the paper of the time and place. Overall not a bad copy from the library of Bruce Angus with his stamp. Item #17187
First printing (?) in Spanish; a French version was also published at some point before or after this edition. A somewhat serious but very readable discussion of sterility in both male and female. The author provides a basic tutorial on fertilization (sperm, egg, cells, etc.) as well as potential problems that both genders face when a woman attempts to get pregnant. He further treats everything from various sexual acts to the physiology of male and female reproductive systems. New cases and treatments for both male and female sterility are discussed, both from a medical and a social point of view (age, race, etc.). A final section on artificial fertilization is quite forward-thinking for the time. The wonderful illustrations add a bit of levity to the (attempted) seriousness of the discussion.