Sibylla Trig-Andriana Seu De Virginitate, Virginum Statu et Jure Tractatus Jucundus: Ex Jure Naturali, Divino, Canonico & Civili; Scriptoribus Ecclesiasticis & Profanis, in Gratiam Physicorum, Medicorum, Theologorum & Juridocorum Paratus [with] LINEA AMORIS SIVE COMMENTARIUS [with] DE ANNULO TRIPLICI.
Cologne: Peter Marteau 1765. 3 vols in one, 8vo, 423pp, separate titlepages with engraved vignettes, head- and tailpieces. Modern brown buckram, fresh and clean except for the contents (see below). Editio Nova Diligenter Correcta of Kornmanns three rare tracts on women. Kornmann (ca.1580-1620), a lawyer, here offers his counsel and a plethora of curious, sacred and profane information on the rights and 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, we also learn that when a virgin picks the first fruit of a tree, the tree is doomed; of 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. At once erotic, medical and occult, the tracts were an immediate success when initially published in Frankfurt, 1610, and continued to be so through six later 17th century editions. All, including the edition under notice, are rare. A fascinating, compelling volume. (Dailey Rare Books). Gay-Lemonnyer 1113-1114. Caillet 5829. Wellcome I, 3582.
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