New York: Published by author at his Reform Book Store, 1854. 482p., one signature pulled else very good condition in the slightly faded original cloth binding (small hole in the gutter of the front hinge), 4x6 inches.
Nichols, who converted to Catholicism in 1857, in this period was active in free love circles, practiced hydrotherapy and was on the periphery of the various utopian movements of the period. Among his controversial ideas in this book - "I am satisfied, from many observation, that the most natural love of a youth of fifteen, is a mature woman of thirty or forty; and that the affections of a girl of a corresponding age, are most likely to be bestowed upon some mature man." - p. 132. Starting on p. 200 he includes a call for ending the penalties on Sodomy, with a short discussion on it, masturbation and other topics he considers related.