Featured work"The Kiss and its History", a 1902 translation of Danish philologist Kristoffer Nyrop's treatise on kissing.
Nyrop defines the Kiss and then categorises the types (love, affection, peace, respect and kindness) of kisses and ends with a summary of the origins of kissing.
Dante, in the fifth canto of his Hell, has celebrated the power a kiss may have over human beings. In the course of his wanderings in the nether world, when he has reached the spot where abide those who have sinned through love, he sees two souls that "flutter so lightly in the wind." These are Francesco da Rimini and her brother-in-law Paolo. He asks Francesco to tell him:
"In the time of your sweet sighs,
Whereto she replies:
I have had a special object in prefacing my studies on the history of kissing with these famous verses, for I regarded it in the light of a duty to caution my readers emphatically, and at the very outset, as to the danger of even reading about kisses; and I consider that, having done this, I have warned my readers against pursuing the subject, and "forewarned is forearmed," or, "homme averti en vaut deux."
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