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Girolamo (Gerolamo) Parabosco
La notte, comedia; di nuovo ricorretta e ristampata
Venice: Heirs of Bartolomeo Rubini, 1586. THE FEMALE HALF OF HIS L'HERMAFRODITO ¶ 52 [i.e. 59], [1] leaves | 12mo | A-E^12 | 137 x 75 mm ¶ The second separately published edition of this comedy by the Italian writer and musician, preceded by the first of 1546 and its inclusion in his 1560 collected comedies. A composer of madrigals himself, this play in part eulogized Parabosco's teacher, Dutch composer Adrian Willaert. Includes a dedication to Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, who receives further complimentary treatment in the play itself (see fol. 17, for example). ¶ The play is one of two that Parabosco soon after combined to spawn something new. In his 1549 L'Hermafrodito, "the personified figure of the Prologue informs the audience that the title refers to the monstrous nature of the text: this is not an original piece born of the author's labor, but instead the product of textual incest generated by the union of a brother, Il Viluppo (1547), and a sister, La Notte (1546)" (Magnanini). No stranger to discussions of gender, Parabosco was a vocal advocate for women in literature and attended Gaspara Stampa's Venice salon. ¶ Rare in commerce, and party to an intriguing case of transparently gendered intertextuality. --- PROVENANCE: Scene numbers added in an early hand. --- CONDITION: Modern marbled boards. Printer's device on title page; decorative initials. Last leaf is blank. ¶ Dampstaining in the outer margin, mostly quite faint. A nice copy. --- REFERENCES: USTC 846772; EDIT16 CNCE 52159; H.M. Adams, Catalogue of Books Printed on the Conti … [Click Below for Full Description]
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