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(INCUNABULA).  ANTEROTICA, SIVE DE AMORIS GENERIBUS by  PETRUS HAEDUS - FIRST EDITION - 13 Oct. 1492 - from Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts (SKU: ST15623)


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(INCUNABULA). ANTEROTICA, SIVE DE AMORIS GENERIBUS: The Only Incunabular Printing of a Work Examining Sexual Attraction, Marriage, and Related Issues like Fashion and Grooming


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Single column, 25 lines, roman type.

New unlettered limp vellum in the style of the period.
Front pastedown with bookplate of José Lorenzo Cossío. With numerous marginal annotations in two different early hands.
Goff H-2; BMC VI, 885; ISTC ih00002000; V. Schulderer, "A Fleming in Venice," in "Fifty Essays", pp. 113-126.

Intermittent dampstains to edges, intruding into tail margin of first quire (but well away from text), occasional minor foxing, thumbing, or small stains to margins, but an excellent copy internally, generally clean, fresh, and rather bright with generous margins, and in a perfectly suitable retrospective binding.

Written as advice for the author's nephew, a college student, this philosophical treatise on the types of love is particularly concerned with the dangers of erotic passion. It takes the form of a lively discussion between the author, who is a priest, and two members of his intellectual circle, one a poet who makes the case for the beauties and pleasures of love, and the other a priest who warns against the consequences of indulging in carnality. The "conversation" encompasses representations in art of love, sexual attraction and desire, the state of marriage and the relations between the sexes, and forays into peripheral concerns like fashion and personal grooming. Our copy offers the intriguing opportunity to examine the reactions of at least two contemporary readers whose comments appear in the margins.

Little is known of Haedus (1427-1504), other than that he was born Pietro Cavretto, served as a priest, and wrote an earlier book ("Amores") in reaction to being rejected by his beloved; it is not surprising that one disappointed in romance would compose a work entitled "against the erotic." The author was friends with the printer here, Gerardus de Lisa, who had immigrated to Italy from Flanders. V. Schulderer, who made a study of Gerardus, notes that his roman type is "a quite original face, with its wealth of curves and serifs, and its greatly prolonged ascenders and descenders, which gives his volumes a flavor of fine printing, admirably consonant to their small bulk and format." The Lisa printing is the only one done in the 15th century and is not commonly encountered.


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Gerardus de Lisa, de Flandria
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13 Oct. 1492
6 p.l., 97 leaves (without final blank).
215 x 150 mm. (7 7/8 x 5 7/8").
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215 x 150 mm. (7 7/8 x 5 7/8").

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About Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books an Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material, but over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way--illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. Today, the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern private press books to artists' bindings. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever we offer for sale.


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