The Kama Sutra was written for the wealthy male city-dweller.It is not, and was never intended to be, a lover's guide for the masses, nor is it a "Tantric love-manual".In Sweden, Det fulländade äktenskapet was widely known although regarded as pornographic and unsuitable for young readers long into the 1960s.In English, Ideal Marriage: Its Physiology and Technique has 42 printings in its original 1930 edition, and was republished in new editions in 19. D.'s book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), published in 1969, was one of the first sex manuals that entered mainstream culture in the 1960s.Theodoor Hendrik van de Velde's book Het volkomen huwelijk (The Perfect Marriage), published in 1926, was well known in Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Estonia.In Germany, Die vollkommene Ehe reached its 42nd printing in 1932 despite its being placed on the list of forbidden books, the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, by the Roman Catholic Church.The medieval Jewish physician and writer Maimonides is author of a Treatise on Cohabitation.
Probably written during the Chinese Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), the work was long lost in China itself, but preserved in Japan as part of the medical anthology Ishinpō (984).
It was compiled by the Indian sage Vatsyayana sometime between the second and fourth centuries CE.
His work was based on earlier Kamashastras or Rules of Love going back to at least the seventh century BCE, and is a compendium of the social norms and love-customs of patriarchal Northern India around the time he lived.
Books such as Mark and Grace Driscoll's Real Marriage encourage Christians to experiment in the bedrooms with their spouses, even encouraging acts that have long been rejected by protestant tradition such as anal sex.
One of the currently most well known in America is The Guide to Getting it On! Now in its seventh edition, it has won several prestigious awards and been translated into 12 foreign languages since appearing in 1996.