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Sibylla Trig-Andriana Seu De Virginitate, Virginum Statu: Kornmann, Heinrich.

About this Item: Peter Marteau,, Cologne:, 1765. Pagination: 423p. Modern brown cloth, gilt title to spine, title page in red and black print. Very minor shelf wear, p194 with tiny bit of corner loss, p 245-46, with minor tear at lower outer margin, repaired, no affect, else a very clean & crisp copy. All three works with separate title pages. Interesting work by lawyer Heinri Kornmann (1580-1640) of Frankfurt, originally published in 1610, on the virginity of women and love throughout history in civil, canonical, natural and divine rights, with scientific arguments, magic and superstition. His references are biblical as well as from occultists and demonologists. Fascinating material which includes incubi & sucubi, legal rights and duties of women, marriage and sex, astrology and more. Citations: Caillet 5829. Wellcome I: 3582. Gay-Lemonnyer 1113-1114. Seller Inventory # 20244

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About this Item: Virginopoli, no publisher mentioned, 1631. 11 x 6 cm. Vellum. (2), 300; (2), 233 [=133], (19) p. Woodcut publisher's mark on title (a rooster with two heads). Reprint edition. Binding restored with newer vellum threads. Paper a bit worn at the sides and browned. Some bibliographical notes in pencil on inside upper cover.l "New and joyful treatise about the right of virginity. Made up from the civil, canonic, historical, poetical laws (and more)." Popular book by the eminent lawyer Heinrich Kornmann from Kirchhain (Marburg), 1580-1627, about women's duties and rights in matters of love. With a second treatise of this author about the five levels of love, followed by an index. This is one of many reprint editions, but according to the British Library catalogue it is 'evidently spurious' and not all text has been included. Very rare. Seller Inventory # 269086

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Sibylla Tryg Andriana, sive De virginitate Virginum: Kornmann, Heinrich
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About this Item: Heirs of Jakob Fischer, Frankfurt, 1629. Hardcover. Condition: Very good. 18mo. 281 pp., 3 ff. (p. 262-263 misnumbered "264-265"), the first page of "Descriptio auctorum," has a small hole in the out margin; 244 pp., 3 ff. Uniform toning thoughout. Bound in contemporary vellum, a little soiled, yapp edges. An extraordinary early 17th-century medico-legal book on the Virginity of Women, rife with magic and superstition. The author's "scientific" arguments rest on Pliny, Isidore of Seville, and Bartholomaeus Anglicus to maintain, i.a., that a scorpion injures a virgin far more than it does other women. He refers to astrology and believes that sitting on a certain root will break the hymen. A tree will be damaged if a virgin plucks its first fruits, but the idea that a virgin must throw her nightgown into the first after her first menstruation is mere "superstition." The work describes virginity according to canonical and civil law, as well as natural and "divine" law, with interesting discursions into sexual love and marriage. The book is a useful introduction to early modern reasoning on sexual and reproductive issues. Kornmann (ca.1580-1620), a Frankfurt lawyer, here offers his counsel and a plethora of curious, sacred and profane information on the legal rights and moral duties of women, and the rules and conduct of women in matters of love and sex based upon classical writings, theology, superstition, magic, popular folklore, and his own unusual, rather modern opinions. Thus while we are presented with positive views of women in the arts, diplomacy, and military service, it is a remarkable fact that Kornmann suggests that a tree will die if a virgin plucks the first fruit from it. We also learn about the role of succubi and incubi; the best colors for women to wear; and what parts of the human body are ruled by the zodiac sign Virgo (the virgin). The two tracts herein were first published in 1610 and were immediately successful, with six editions in the 17th-century alone. All early editions, including the present, are scarce. A fascinating, compelling volume of considerable interest to legal historians. This edition combines Kornmann's "De virginitatis iure" with a second work entitled "Linea Amoris" which contains, in addition to statements of the Fathers of the Church, bawdy stories, with quotes from the major occult and demonology: Aeneas Sylvius, Cornelius Agrippa, Mengus, Andreas J. Leonard Vair, the "Malleus Maleficarum," Nicolas Remy, Paracelsus, Sleidan, Sprenger, Polydore Virgil, Wecker, etc. REFERENCES: VD17 1:014113N. Gay-Lemonnyer 1113-1114. Caillet 5829. Wellcome I, 3582. Dorbon, 2400 (for the 1765 edition only). Seller Inventory # 1236

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KORNMANN, Henricus

Published by Becker [the printer], Frankfurt (1610)

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About this Item: Becker [the printer], Frankfurt, 1610. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 1610 and 1610 [both first editions]. Duodecimo, 282 (last blank), [6] (index) and 148, [7] (index) pages. Contemporary vellum with early manuscript title in ink on the spine; front flyleaf a little creased and chipped; paper lightly toned around the edges; an excellent copy. The first editions of much-reprinted works on the rights and duties of women. The first volume addresses virginity, the second adultery, and the contents are drawn in the main from classical and theological writings (with each volume containing an index of sources). With the armorial bookplate of J[ohn] Walter Tyas (1833-1903), linguist, bibliophile and university registrar; the following details of his interesting life are gleaned from the Australian Dictionary of Biography. After studying law and working on the staff of 'The Times', he emigrated to South Australia in 1868. After a period in business in Adelaide, he was active in the pearl-shell industry on the north coast of Australia (and beyond) for three years. In 1873 he returned to England, and for some years 'roved the Continent collecting bric-à-brac, pieces of art and books on antiquity. In 1878 he was appointed Reuter's agent in Adelaide arriving there on 18 September, and in 1882 became registrar of the University of Adelaide. Tyas also acted as examiner in modern languages, especially in French. A natural conversationalist and an entertaining host, he was envied for his library and his knowledge of literature'. Please use the 'Ask Bookseller a Question' link below to confirm availability and postage charges. Seller Inventory # 75954

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Sibylla trig-Andriana, seu virginitate, virginum statu et: KORNMANN, Heinrich.

About this Item: Ad 1: Bibl. Med. Neerl. p. 72; Caillet 5829; Gay-Lemmonyer III, cols. 1113-1114; STCN (5 copies); ad 2: Adams B2295; BMC STC Dutch p. 37. Rare first complete Netherlands edition of three curious Latin works on women, love and marriage, by Heinrich Kornmann. The first treats the rights and duties of women and their conduct in matters of sex, the second is about the commonplace of the five stages of love (sight, conversation, physical contact, kissing and consummation) and the third is devoted to rings, including engagement rings. Kornmann refers to a wide variety of sources, including classical authors and church fathers. He defends women's rights to some degree, but also repeats superstitious beliefs such as that a tree is injured by a virgin's plucking its first fruit. He further discusses incubi and succubi, astrology and the colour of women's cloths (preferably blue, pink, green and white). It is bound with Theodoor Pulman's edition of Boethius's classic Consolation of philosophy, published by the famous Officina Plantiniana.With an early owner's inscription and two stamps, Endpapers with extensive manuscript annotation. The Boethius with some browning, otherwise in very good condition. Binding rubbed and slightly soiled. Seller Inventory # 1820

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