Three parts in one vol., 8vo, ff. [viii], 108, , [2 blank]; ff. 81, [1 blank]; separate titles with woodcut awl device, woodcut decorative initials; occasional spotting and light water-staining, a few small stains, but a very good copy in contemporary limp vellum, lightly soiled.
US $1103 €944
Added to your basket:
for Tommaso BUONI?)]. Della famosissima compagnia della lesina. Dialogo, capitoli, e ragionamenti. [Bound with:] Continuatione de gl’ordini, & capitoli della compagnia della lesina [and:] Consulto delle matrone, seconda additione a gl’ordini, & capitoli della lesina. Vicenza, Giorgio Greco, 1601.
Scarce humorous dystopia of indigence, first edition thus: the first to include a section specifically directed at women. Styled as the statutes and histories of a fictitious society, the ‘Company of Stinginess’, founded to promote thrift in an age of economic depression and scarcity, made its debut in Italy in the 1550s. In a satirical upturning of the outlook of the Renaissance homo quidam deus, the characters decry in man ‘the blindest of all animals … a mathematical body without points, raw material without power … beast of burden with no control’ (transl. from the dedication to ‘The Stingy’). In a parody of the happy citizens of Utopia, Cockaigne and all Renaissance utopian reformers, the Dialogo offers improbable suggestions for thrift in all aspects of life, particularly food, drink, clothing. This is the first edition to include the final part, over 160 pages devoted to thrift in a woman’s life.
Westbury, Handlist of Italian Cookery Books, p.97; see Goldsmiths’-Kress 4750-1 and Goldsmiths’-Kress 29580-1.
You may also be interested in...
Remarks on Dr. Price’s observations on the nature of civil liberty, &c.
First edition, one of two issues published in the same year. A reply to and critical commentary on Richard Price’s discussion of American independence, reaffirming the English claim to sovereignty over America. Possibly penned by a member of Hume’s circle, the pamphlet was judged to be ‘written with less invective, and more decency, candour and moderation, than have lately appeared in the productions on that side of the American dispute’ (Sabin).
Vita di Madonna Onorata scritta da Bernardo Ilicino publicata per la prima volta sopra un codice del secolo XC da Giuseppe Vallardi figlio.
First appearance in print of this life of the Sienese noblewoman Onorata Saracini (née Orsini, 1435–1457), by her contemporary, the late fifteenth-century physician and writer Bernardo Lapini (or Ilicini), here edited by the Milanese print and old master dealer Giuseppe Vallardi (1784–1863) and published to mark the wedding of Beatrice Archinto and Emilio Altieri, Prince of Oriolo and Viano. Vallardi offers a brief survey of the life and writings of Lapini, and copious notes on the text.