Book Id: 51552 Letters on the force of imagination in pregnant women. Isaac Bellet.
Letters on the force of imagination in pregnant women

Letters on the force of imagination in pregnant women

Publisher Information: London: W. Griffin, 1765.

[Bellet, Isaac (d. 1778).] [Letters on the force of imagination in pregnant women. Wherein it is proved, by incontestable arguments, drawn from both reason and experience, that it is a ridiculous prejudice . . . [2], iii, 133pp. London: W. Griffin, 1765. 152 x 97 mm. Later half morocco, marbled boards, light wear at extremities and hinges. Light toning, occasional foxing and staining but very good.

First Edition in English, first published in French in 1745. Bellet denied the theory of maternal impression, the long-held belief that a strong mental or physical influence experienced by a pregnant woman could “mark” her unborn child. Such folk beliefs arose to account for the existence of birth defects or congenital disorders; for example, a child’s port-wine birthmark could be seen as the result of the mother’s craving for strawberries during pregnancy.

Book Id: 51552

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