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Equitis Franci et adolescentulae mulieris Italae. Practica artis amandi, insigni et iucundissima historia ostensa. Accesserunt Declamationes Philippi Beroaldi Oratoris
Frankfurt: 1597. 12mo (132 x 78 mm). 168 pp. Roman type. Printer’s woodcut device on title, woodcut initials. Title slightly soiled and with a few small ink stains, faint dampstaining to a few quires, very slight overall discoloration intrinsic to paper. Bound in 18th- or early 19th-century ?Swedish calf, sides with outer gold-tooled rule border and central gold-stamped crowned swan, blind-tooled inner border with fleurons, the leather of outer compartment speckled, spine gold-tooled in compartments, marbled endpapers, edges red-stained (possibly recased, edges uneven). Provenance: copious 17th or 18th-century underlinings and a few marginal study notes (e.g., “Dilemma,” “exempla contraria”), a few faint later marginalia in pencil; Hedegaard, 18th- or 19th-century signature on title; Thore Virgin, bookplate dated 1911 and "Bibliotheca Quarnforsiana" stamp on front flyleaf. *** FIRST EDITION of a compilation of humanist Latin literature, mainly on love, intended for adolescents or students, and brought together under an enticing title (The Practice of the art of love). The identity of the pseudonymous compiler is unknown (drudo means paramour or lover in Italian). The first work in the volume is Piccolomini's best-selling love novella, De duobus amantibus Euryalo et Lucreti (first ed. Cologne: Ulrich Zel, 1467). Composed around 1444, when he was secretary in the Imperial Chancery, and dedicated both to Mario Sozzini, his former teacher and mentor, and to his friend and patron the Imperial Chancellor Kaspar Schlick, Piccolomini's Tale of Two Lovers relates an adulterous love adventure at Siena, allegedly based on an escapade of the Chancellor. Several short pieces follow, including a model love letter purportedly from Hannibal, Duke of Austria, to Lucretia, princess of Epirus, which he wrote for the use of Sigismund, Duke of Austria, in 1443; and the Amoris illiciti medela, “Medicine for illicit love,” a brief treatise or manual (for men) for curing themselves of the sickness of love (women are the subject of a particularly misogynist passage: “Mulier est animal imperfectum...”). The edition also contains poetic and prose works by Beroaldo, including his Latin elegiac verse adaptation of the romance of Guiscardo and Ghismonda from the Decameron, and the two prose Declamationes (first eds. 1499 & 1497), on the questions of 1) which is worse, a fornicator, a drunkard or a gambler and 2) which is the best profession, that of orator, philosopher or physician. Both involve a father's will and debates between three sons. Later editions of the collection appeared in 1600, 1606, 1625, 1651, etc. This first edition is rare and was unknown to Brunet and Goedeke. OCLC lists a single copy in American libraries (Columbia). This copy, with its diligent underlining and marginal notes, evidently belonged to a somewhat later student of Latin. The collector Thore Virgin published a catalogue of his collection, the Bibliotheca Quarnforsiana, in 1947. VD16 P3112 = B2089, B2101, & B5843. Cf. Brunet II:840, Goedeke II:114.208,Gay-Lemonnyer II:137 (later editions).
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