THE VIRTUES AND VICES OF WOMEN

Il cervello e la difesa delle donne sestine giocose ... precedute da indirizzo, e dedica in vario metro. 

Florence, N. Fabbrini, 1842. 

8vo, pp. 21, [3 (blank)]; spotting throughout, small chip to outer margin of penultimate leaf, foxed; a good, uncut copy in publisher’s green lithographic wrappers; a few small holes, marks, and creases to wrappers.

£375

Approximately:
US $474€437

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First and only edition, very rare, of this misogynistic poem by the Florentine poet Pierotti, in which he pretends to explore the female brain with reference to Galen, accusing women of, for example, greed, theft, cunning, vanity, and irascibility.  The second part is a somewhat patronising defense of women, praising their qualities and blaming their faults on men who in fact rely heavily on the women around them. 

Not on Library Hub; OCLC finds only one copy, at Harvard.  ICCU records a single copy in Italy, at the Biblioteca italiana delle donne in Bologna. 

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