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Pietro Aretino.
ARETINO, CAPRICCIOSI, 1660. Capricciosi & Piacevoli Ragionamenti, Il Veritiere E'l Divino, Cognominato Il Flagello De' Principi. La Puttana Errante Overo Dialogo Di Madalena E Giulia. Pietro Aretino.
[Jean Elzevier], Stampati in Cosmopoli, 1660. Nuova Editione Fore-edge Painting: "The Dance of the Buccantes". Dutter painting after Glayre. SIGNED by artist. Published by [Jean Elzevier], Stampati in Cosmopoli, [Leiden:] (1660) Single volume bound in reddish calf, boards with triple gilt rule border and dentelles, gilt edges with fore-edge painting, spine decorated with gilt title and author, vignettes in compartments between 5 raised bands, nonpareil marbled end papers, pp. 541+ 38. Dimensions 15.5x10cm. Solid binding. Condition: Very Good A dialogue between an experienced woman and a girl, Aretine draws a raw, cynical picture of scams that make prostitution a lucrative business. In the end, the record is clear: only venal love will guarantee a future for the girl. With marginal commentary (not manuscript) "Pierre l'Aretin," said Maupassant, "was simply a journalist, an Italian journalist of the sixteenth century, a great man, an admirable skeptic, a prodigious contempter of kings, the most surprising adventurer, who knew how to play, as master artist of all the weaknesses, all the vices, all the ridicules of humanity, a parvenu of genius endowed with all the native qualities which allow a being to make his way by all means, to obtain all the successes and to be dreaded, praised and respected on the equal of a God, in spite of the most shameless audacities. This compatriot of Machiavelli and the Borgias seems to be the living type of Panurge who gathers in him all the meanness¬ís and all the but who possesses so much the art of using these repulsive faults that he commands … [Click Below for Full Description]
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