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Aphra Behn’s Rare “Lycidus”. With a Poem by Anne Wharton

Behn, Aphra (1640-1689); Tallemant, Paul (1642-1712); Wharton, Anne (1632-1685)
Lycidus: or the lover in fashion. Being an account from Lycidus to Lysander, of his voyage from the Island of Love. From the French. By the same author of the Voyage to the Isle of Love. Together with a miscellany of new poems. By Several hands.

London: printed for Joseph Knight, and Francis Saunders, 1688

$12,500.00

Octavo: 18.8 x 11.5 cm. [14], 64, 176, [4] pp. Collation: A8, a-d8, B-M8, [x]2 (Lacking blank leaf A8)

This volume –together with “Poems on Several Occasions”(1684) and “Miscellany, being a collection of poems by several hands” (1685)- is one of only three lifetime publications by Behn to include a substantial number of her poems.

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O'Donnell “Aphra Behn, an Annotated Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources” BA4.1a; Wing T129 (under Tallemant); Case 184; Grolier, Wither to Prior, 42

With Verses by Aphra Behn. A Fantastic, Large-Paper Copy

Behn, Aphra (1640-89); Aesop (ca. 620-564 B.C.); Barlow, Francis (1626?-1702)
Aesop’s fables with his life: in English, French and Latin. Newly translated. Illustrated with one hundred and twelve sculptures. To this edition are likewise added, thirty one new figures representing his life. By Francis Barlow.

London: Printed by H. Hills jun. for Francis Barlow, and are to be sold by Chr. Wilkinson at the Black-boy against St. Dunstan’s Church in Fleet-street, Tho. Fox in Westminster-hall, and Henry Faithorne at the Rose in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1687

$28,000.00

Folio: 36.3 x 22.8 cm. [8], 40; 40; 17, 2-221, [3] p. COLLATION: π1(printed title), a2, B-L2; B-L2, B-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Ppp2.

For this second edition of his magnificent production, Barlow commissioned Aphra Behn, then at the height of her popularity as a playwright and poet, to write verses to be engraved on the 110 plates illustrating the fables. In order to substitute Behn’s verses for those of Thomas Philipot (d. 1682), the lower area of the plate needed to be burnished down and the new verses engraved onto the plate in place of the earlier ones.

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Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), A703

The Sole Edition of Brathwait’s Satire on the Vices of Women

Brathwait, Richard (1588?-1673)
Ar’t asleepe husband? A boulster lecture; stored with all variety of witty jeasts, merry tales, and other pleasant passages; extracted, from the choicest flowers of philosophy, poesy, antient and moderne history. Illustrated with examples of incomparable constancy, in the excellent history of Philocles and Doriclea. By Philogenes Panedonius

London: Printed by R. Bishop, for R[ichard]. B[est]. or his assignes, 1640

$9,600.00

17 x 11 cm. [48], 318, [8] p., [1] leaf of plates Collation: [A]1, a-c⁸, B-X⁸ (with blank X8), Y⁴

This copy conforms with Pforzheimer and lacks the bifolium “Postscript” (Z1-2) “Apparently supplementary and frequently wanting”(Grolier). It is found only in the Huntington and Harmsworth (Folger) copies in the U.S. Quire Y contains the poems "Menippus his Madrigall, to his coy-duck Clarabel” and “Loves Festivall at Lusts Funerall”.

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STC 3555; Pforzheimer, 76; Grolier, Wither to Prior 86

Funeral Rites in Florence for Marie de Médicis

CEREMONIES. Berti, Simone di Giovanni (1589-1659); Cechi Conti, Francesco
Esequie della regina Maria celebrate in Firenze per ordine del Serenissimo Granduca di Toscana: nell'insigne collegiata di San Lorenzo il di 23. di settembre 1642.

Florence: Per Amador Massi, e Lorenzo Landi, 1643

$8,500.00

Quarto: 20.5 x 16 cm. [6], 47, [1] pp. Collation: π3 (without blank π4), B4, 2B4-F4 (sig "A" signed "B"). With etched additional t.p. (π2) and three added etched plates.

An account of the funeral rites held in Florence for Marie de Médicis (1573-1642), Queen consort of Henri IV, King of France. The funeral was held in Spetemebr, 1642, by order of the queen's nephew, Ferdinando II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1610-1670).

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Marchetti, p. 141, n° 77; Moreni, Medici, p. 40; Moreni I, p. 116 (attributes to Simone Berti); Berlin Katalog 3208; Destailleur: Catalogue, 294; Vinet, 492; Catalogue Ruggieri 1873, no 468

The Scandalous Life of Elizabeth Chudleigh

Chudleigh, Elizabeth (c. 1720-1788)
An Authentic Detail of Particulars relative to the Late Duchess of Kingston.

London: Printed for G. Kearsley, at Johnson’s Head, No. 46, Fleet-Street, 1788

$3,800.00

Octavo: 21 x 13 cm. pp. [ii], ii, 178, [18]. Collation: [A]2, B-Z4, A1. With an added engraved frontispiece of the Duchess, with breasts exposed "as she appeared at the Venetian Ambassador

Duchess of Kingston, granddaughter of the poet Mary Chudleigh (1656-1710), from whom “she seemed to have inherited no notable literary tastes or talents”(Rizzo) Elizabeth was notorious for her sexual escapades, daring, and profligacy. She studiously cultivated this image, referring to herself (in the third person) thus: “She was both wasteful and penurious; the most enormous sums were expended to gratify her love of display, at the same time that she refused to incur some trifling necessary expense in her household….

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ESTC T92902

The First Edition. A Fine Copy in a Contemporary Binding

Chudleigh, Mary Lee, Lady (bap. 1656- d. 1710)
Poems on several occasions. Together with The song of the three children paraphras’d. By the Lady Chudleigh

London: printed by W[illiam]. B[owyer]. for Bernard Lintott at the Middle Temple Gate in Fleetstreet, 1703

$15,000.00

Octavo: 19.5 x 12 cm. [16], 125, [17], 73, [1] pp. Collation: A-O8, P4

Mary Chudleigh was a friend of Elizabeth Thomas and an admirer of Mary Astell, with whom she corresponded and whose ‘Defence of the Female Sex’ she tried to emulate. Dedicated to Queen Anne, her ‘Poems on Several Occasions’ was widely noticed, achieving a second edition in 1709. The poems include a wide range of subjects, from lyrics and satires of the age of Dryden, to philosophical and more contemplative verse in keeping with the solitary and often melancholy life that she led in Devon.

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Foxon p. 121; ESTC t97275; Maslen and Lancaster, Bowyer ledgers, D36

The Poems of Vittoria Colonna - The Best Edition

Colonna, Vittoria (1492-1547)
Le rime spirituali della illustrissima signora Vittoria Colonna Marchesana di Pescara. Alle quali di nuouo sono stati aggiunti, oltre quelli non pur dell’altrui stampe, ma ancho della nostra medesima, piu di trenta, ò trentatre Sonetti, no mai piu altroue stampati; un capitolo; et in non pochi luoghi ricorrette, et piu chiaramente distinte

Venice: Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1548

$5,500.00

Quarto: 20 x 15 cm. 120 pp. Collation: A-P4.

The first edition of Colonna's Rime had been printed in Parma by Viotto in 1538 and presented 145 poems of which 9 by other authors. The first Valgrisi edition (the first in 4to format and the first with the title Rime spirituali) had appeared in 1546 and included 180 poems. The important later edition edited by Rinaldo Corso in 1558 has only 158 poems.

The poetic production of Vittoria Colonna comprises two main characters: one profane, which consists of Petrarchan poems celebrating the love for her husband, the Marquis of Pescara Francesco D'Avalos, whom she married in 1509 and who died in battle in 1525; and one sacred, in which the personal pain for the loss of her husband is transfigured and becomes more and more universal up to a point in which it coincides with the pain of Christ on the cross.

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M. Bandini Buti, Poetesse e scrittrici, Rome, 1941, I, pp. 164-171; Gamba, no. 1325 (“più copiosa e meno scorretta”); Edit 16, CNCE12833; A. Erdmann, My Gracious Silence, Lucerne, 1999, p. 211.

First Edition of Queen Elizabeth’s Visitation Articles

ELIZABETH I, Queen of England (1533-1603)
Articles to be enquyred in the visitation, in the fyrst yeare of the raygne of our moost drad soueraygne Lady, Elizabeth by the grace of God, of Englande Fraunce, and Irelande, Quene, defender of the fayth. &c. Anno 1559

London: Imprinted… in Povles Churcheyarde by Richard Iugge and Iohn Cavvood, Printers to the Quenes Maiestie, 1559

$22,000.00

Quarto: 18 x 13 cm. [14] pp. Collation: A-B4 (lacking blank leaf B4)

With the signature of the 16th c. book collector Humphrey Dyson (1582-1633) at the foot of the title page. The bookplate of Albert Ehrman, with his motto “Pro Viribus Summis Contendo” is affixed to the front pastedown. This was lot 270 in the 1978 sale of Ehrman’s library. Very rare. ESTC locates 4 copies in the U.S.: Folger, Huntington, Harvard, Yale.

First edition of the first visitation articles established for the reformed church after Elizabeth’s accession.

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STC 10118

The Rare First Edition of Lucrezia Gonzaga's Letters – The Countess of Bute's Copy

Gonzaga di Gazzuolo, Lucrezia (1522-1576)
Lettere della molto illustre sig.ra donna Lucretia Gonzaga da Gazuolo con gran diligentia raccolte, & à gloria del sesso feminile nuovamente in luce poste.

Venice: Appresso Gualtero Scoto, 1552

$9,500.00

Octavo: 15 x 10 cm. 328, [6] p. Collation: A-X8 (X8 blank and present.)

"Lucrezia Gonzaga was born in Gazzuolo (near Mantua) around 1521, one of seven children. Her parents, Pirro Gonzaga and Camilla Bentivoglio, died in 1529, and Gonzaga was taken in by her relative Luigi Gonzaga of Castelgoffredo (or Castel Giuffrè).

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Erdmann, A. My gracious silence, 109; Ferri, P.L. Biblioteca femminile italiana, p. 189; Melzi, G. Anonime e pseudonime, I, 468; Adams G863; STC Italian p. 309

Sumptuary Laws

LAW. WOMEN. DRESS. FOOD AND DRINK. CONDUCT.
Provisione et ordine sopra le Pompe, & vestire cosi di Donne come de gli Huomini, Apparati di Dote, & Banchetti, Di ordine dell’Ilustriss, & Reverendiss. Monsig. Gio. Battista Castagna Cardinale di San Marcello Legato di Bologna. Publicata in Bologna alli 19. & reiterata alli 23. Di Decembre. M D LXXXIIII.

Bologna: Per Alessandro Benacci, 1584

$2,100.00

Quarto: 22 x 15.5 cm. (8) pages.

First edition of this revision of sumptuary laws regulating dress, dowry and feasts promulgated by Cardinal Gabriele Paleotti in 1568 and revised several times until the end of the century.

The dress code of women attracts particular attention, skirts are meant to be neither too long, nor too short; jewelry is to be worn in moderation.

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Universal STC, no. 865850; R. Campioni, op. cit., p.148; M.G. Muzzarelli, ed., Le legislazioni suntuarie secoli XIII-XVI. Emilia Romagna, Rom, 2002, pp. 42-43; Z. Zanardi, ed., Bononia manifesta. Bandi, editti, costituzioni e provvedimenti diversi stampati nel XVI secolo per Bologna e il suo territorio, (Firenze, 1996), p. 226, no. 1555; R. Campioni, Libri di merlette e disposizioni suntuarie nel secolo XVI: alcune indicazioni per l’Emilia Romagna, in: “Le trame della moda”, A.G. Cavagna & G. Butazzi, eds., Roma, 1995, pp. 125-149, and P. Goretti, La regolamentazione delle apparenze: vesti e orna- menti nella legislazione suntuaria Bolognese del XVI secolo, in: “Schede umanistiche”, 1996, no. 2, pp. 117-137.

Polygamy, Adultery & Divorce in 18th c. England

Ochino, Bernardino (1487-1564); Wolseley, Charles (c. 1630-1714); Castamore (pseud.)
The cases of polygamy, concubinage, adultery, divorce, &c. seriously and learnedly discussed. Being a compleat collection of all the remarkable tryals and tracts which have been Written on those Important Subjects

London: Printed for T. Payne, in Pater-Noster-Row; J. Chrichley, at Charing-Cross; and W. Shropshire, in New-Bond-Street, 1732

$2,800.00

Large 12mo. 15.8 x 10 cm. 4 parts in 1: 15.8 x 10 cm. [2], lvii, [1], 240 p. Collation: π1, [a]-[b]12,[c]5, B-L12

Second English editions of Bernardino Ochino's dialogues on divorce and polygamy, both of which first appeared in English in 1657. With the second editions of Charles Wolseley's, "The Case of Divorce, and Re-marriage thereupon"(1673), the anonymous "Treatise Concerning Adultery and Divorce" (1700), and the pseudonymous "Conjugium languens: or the Natural, civil and religious mischiefs arising from conjugal infidelity and impunity" (1700), by "Castamore".

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ESTC T153320

Celia Romana's Love Letters – An Untrimmed Copy

Romana, Celia (fl. 1562), pseudonym?
Lettere amorose ... scritte al suo Amante.

Venice: Iacomo Cornetti, 1584

$4,500.00

Octavo: 16.8 x 12 cm. [152] pp. a-i8, k4

The "Love letters written by Lady Celia, Roman gentlewoman, to her lover", constitutes one of the earliest collections of Renaissance Italian women's letters, one of the few collections addressed entirely to one recipient, and possibly "the most popular woman's letter book of the Renaissance.

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Erdmann, My Gracious Silence, p. 210; On authorship and contents: L. Matt, ‘Lettere “mal corrette” ma “scritte di cuore”: lingua e stile dell’epistolario amoroso di Celia Ro- mana’, in La comunicazione letteraria degli Italiani, ed. by D. Manca and G. Piroddi, Sassari 2017, pp. 129-148.

Celia Romana's Love Letters

Romana, Celia (fl. 1562), pseudonym?
Lettere amorose ... scritte al suo Amante.

Venice: [Francesco Rampazetto for] Antonio degli Antoni, 1562

$6,500.00

Octavo: [152] pp.

First edition of "Love letters written by Lady Celia, Roman gentlewoman, to her lover", one of the earliest collections of Renaissance Italian women's letters, one of the few collections addressed entirely to one recipient, and possibly "the most popular woman's letter book of the Renaissance.

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Erdmann, My Gracious Silence, p. 210; Index Aureliensis VII, p. 262. BMSTC 164. Gay II, 795 (later eds). On authorship and contents: L. Matt, ‘Lettere “mal corrette” ma “scritte di cuore”: lingua e stile dell’epistolario amoroso di Celia Ro- mana’, in La comunicazione letteraria degli Italiani, ed. by D. Manca and G. Piroddi, Sassari 2017, pp. 129-148.

The First Printing of Two Attacks on Mary, Queen of Scots

STUART, MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (1542-1587). Buchanan, George (1506-1582)
De Maria Scotorum Regina, totaque eius contra Regem coniuratione, fÏdo cum Bothuelio adulterio, nefaria in maritum crudelitate & rabie, horrendo insuper & deterrimo eiusdem parricidio: plena, & tragica planè historia.

N.p. but London: John Day, no date but 1571

$7,500.00

Octavo: 14 x 8.5 cm (2), 144, (4) pp. Collation: A-Q4

FIRST EDITION of this famous denunciation of Mary, Queen of Scots, by the eminent scholar who had at one time been her tutor and ardent admirer. Buchanan's loyalty ended with the murder of Mary's cousin and husband Lord Darnley, and her hasty marriage to the Earl of Bothwell; he testified at her trial in London, where the notorious "casket letters" were produced as implicating Mary in Darnley's murder.

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STC 3978; Scott, Mary Queen of Scots, 75; CBEL I, 2442

The Conjoined Twins of Biddenden

THE BIDDENDEN MAIDS. Chulkhurt, Eliza and Mary (1100-1134)
A short and concise account of Eliza & Mary Chulkhurst, who were borned joined together by the hips and shoulders, in the year of our Lord, 1100, at Biddenden, in the County of Kent, commonly called The Biddenden Maids.

Tenterden: [J.S.] Thomson, Printer, circa 1808

$1,800.00

Broadside: 34 x 20 cm.

Apparently the product of folklore, the Biddenden maids, Elisa and Mary Chulkhurst (1100-1134), were conjoined twins, named after their hometown of Biddenden, in Kent, England. They are said to have lived for 34 years joined at their hips and shoulders until they died, six hours apart.

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Love, Intimacy & Women’s Sexuality

Tullia d'Aragona (c. 1510–1556)
Dialogo della signora Tullia d'Aragona della infinità di amore.

Venice: Gabriel Giolito de Farrari, 1547

$7,500.00

Octavo: 15.25 x 9.5 cm. 79, [1] leaves A-V4 (final leaf blank, present)

This is the rare first edition of “Dialogue on the Infinity of Love” (1547), Tullia d’Aragona’s philosophy of the complexity of love in all its aspects: sexual, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual. In her “Dialogue”, Aragona “gives a moral foundation to sexuality and implicitly offers a philosophical base for a positive evaluation of womanhood.”(Russell) An accomplished poet and philosophical thinker, Tullia d’Aragona was also one of the most famous courtesans of her age.

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Adams A-1501; Salvatore Bongi, “Annali di Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari da Trino di Monferrato stampatore in Venezia.” (Roma: 1890-95) p. 199