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Barbaro, Francesco; André Tiraqueau.
De re uxoria libelli duo.
Paris: Josse Bade, 1513. First edition. First appearance in print of the most influential fifteenth-century treatise on marriage and on the legal status of women, by the Venetian statesman and humanist Francesco Barbaro (1390-1454). This agenda for married women was widely circulated in manuscript for a hundred years prior to this edition. Although manuscripts are present at Yale (Marston Mss 63 and 250 in the Beinecke), OCLC locates the printed edition in only three North American libraries (Bryn Mawr, Illinois, and NYPL).Straddling genres between courtesy book and legal analysis, Barbaro sets a framework for women's obligations, gestures, clothes, speech, and so on. It was composed in late 1415 and given as a wedding gift to Lorenzo de' Medici il Vecchio and Ginevra Cavalcanti. Barbaro, just 26 years old (and unmarried) at the time, composed his book (variously translated as Wifely Duties, On the Matter of Wives, and more recently, by Margaret King, as The Wealth of Wives), following the completion of his legal studies. King postulates convincingly that the title calls back to the canon-law idea of res uxoria, or dowry; that Barbaro turns the legal precept around, arguing that a wife's real value is not counted in "ducats and trinkets," but by the value her of character and bearing. This was a new and fairly iconoclastic view in 1416, though we should not consider Barbaro's work any kind of feminist manifesto or call to recognize women's rights. Barbaro states unequivocally that the cardinal directive in a noble family is to produce more nobles, and that the duty fal … [Click Below for Full Description]
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