Bernard Mandeville’s “A Modest Defence of Publick Stews”

Prostitution and Its Discontents in Early Georgian England

  • Editors
  • Irwin Primer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Irwin Primer
    Pages 1-190
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 191-208

About this book


In this study of Bernard Mandeville's A Modest Defence of Publick Stews , Irwin Primer breaks new ground by arguing that in addition to being an advocation for the establishment of state-regulated houses of prostitution, Mandeville's writing is also a highly polished work of literature.


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