First of two editions (second was 1569) of Fausto's study of marriage, divorce, and the status of women in the Classic era in Rome, India, Arabia, Persia, Macedonia, Greece, and Germany. Topics discussed include dowries, privileges of married women, customs in selecting wives, marriage rites and institutions, methods of solemnizing marriage, duties of wives, and adultery. Fausto, by turns a soldier, lawyer, traveller, friend of Andrea Palladio, and member of the Academia dei Constanti, augments his text with abstracted portions of Plutarch's Conjugalia praecepta. The work was written in commemoration of the marriage of Virginia Fieschi (daughter of Ettore Fieschi, Count of Lavagna and Savignone) to Jacopo VI Appiani d?Aragona (Prince of Piombino). The printer, Pietrasanta, begins the volume with a handsome title-page defined by a large woodcut architectural border, then prints the text in italic with a scattering of 8- and 10-line historiated woodcut initials that => bear looking at. Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only three copies in U.S. libraries. 4to (21.5 cm; 8.5"). 45,  pp. Adams F182; Index Aurel. 168.890; Fairfax Murray, Catalogo dei libri italiani, 1179; Cicognara 1646; EDIT16 CNCE18633. 18th-century half vellum over boards, "wallpaper'"sides; back cover sometime cracked across top corner and front one creased across, repaired (at the time?) and now strong. Front pastedown with evidence of a bookplate's removal and with an old pressmark ("26.1.88") in upper left corner. Minor worming in inner margins, well removed from text; gathering "C" browned with some migration to leaves opposite C1 and C4. => A very acceptable copy. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Delle nozze: trattato del Fausto da Longiano...
Publisher: Per Plinio Pietrasanta
Publication Date: 1554
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