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Title: Decor puellarum.[Paris, ca. 1740]. 4to (23.5 x 18 cm). Manuscript in Italian written in black ink on laid paper. Loose quires, never sewn or bound.
Description: , . . Cf. P. Allen, The concept of women, p. 659; M. Lowry, "Humanism and anti-Semitism in Venice: the strange story of 'Decor puellarum'", in: Bibliofilia LXXXVII (1985/86), pp. 39-54. A mid-18th-century manuscript transcription of the first (1471) edition, in the original Italian, of an anonymous work about the customs, habits and proper behaviour of young women and addressed directly to them. That edition, printed by Nicolas Jenson in Venice and dated "1461", but actually printed in 1471, was thought to be the first book printed in Italy until Claude Gros de Boze (1680-1753) showed in 1743 that the printed date in the colophon (MCCCCLXI) is incorrect and should have included a second X. The present manuscript copy was probably made in Paris when Jenson's edition was still thought to be the first book printed in Italy. The topics covered in the text, according to its own chapter headings (following Allen's translation), are: the appropriate and necessary goodness of the wise and most prudent maiden; the virtues that are proper for you; the order of life that you must preserve; the manner of beautiful dress; honest loves and holy desires; and lofty thoughts and devoted recommendations and contemplations, from the creation of the world to the final judgement. Even after De Boze proved the 1461 erroneous, the Decor puellarum remained one of the most sought after incunabula, both as one of Jenson's earliest productions and for its important text, whose author remains unidentified.With the first leaf foxed, but otherwise in fine condition and with large margins, with only an occasional very minor spot.

Keywords: Women, School & Textbooks, *EDUCATION & LEARNING, *AUTOGRAPHS, DOCUMENTS & MANUSCRIPTS, *BOOK HISTORY & PRINTING, Early Printing 15th & 16th Century, Manuscripts & Documents

Price: EUR 2950.00 = appr. US$ 3206.20 Seller: A. Asher & Co. B.V.
- Book number: J72H71V98FW3

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