New York: Fowler and Wells, 1858. First Edition. First printing. 12mo (19cm). Stab-sewn pamphlet in printed paper wraps; [i]-iv  6-72, pp; with 3 pages of ads at rear for works on phrenology, hydropathy, mesmerism, etc. Much rubbed, with losses to spine, lower inner corner of last three leaves torn away, front wrapper stained, minor foxing throughout: just Good.
A phrenological essay on the human predisposition to marraige and denouncing relatively new ideas of free love; originally one of a series of phrenological lectures. One of multiple similar titles published by Orson Fowler and other early American phrenologists on the subject of marriage: "their collective message is epitomized by the sub-title of Sizer's Domestic Life... and all are distinguished by extreme sentimentality" (Davies, Phrenology: Fad and Science 110).