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The Harmonious Bower of the Nawab of Ouenq is an unusually comprehensive early Victorian sex manual, originally translated by the explorer and roué Brigadier Foxglove Hawtrey, who reportedly came across it during his exploration of the Back Passage of the Hindu Kush. On his return to England, he privately commissioned a short print run of two thousand copies, which he sold at an exorbitant price to members of various London clubs. Hawtrey died young, but extremely rich and apparently fulfilled in every aspect of his manhood, although a recent study[citation needed] by the Goonhilly Institute for Epidemiology suggests that Hawtrey may also have been the prime vector for the outbreak of syphilis that ravaged the minor aristocracy of Kent during the middle of the 19th century. (more...)