1552 · Florence
by Firenzuola, Agnolo (1493-1543).
Florence: Giunti, 1552. Second edition. Very Good/Second edition of this five-act comedy which Gamba notes "is held in greater esteem ... because of the beauty of the typography and the diligence of the redaction." We are grateful to our colleagues at E. K. Schreiber Books for turning up a study which notes that Firenzuola was an important influence in promoting the equality of women in the arts: "Firenzuola's dialogue emphasizes the equality of women, the reciprocity of love, and the value of sexuality independent of its reproductive function. In doing so, he provides us with important insights into contemporary values" (J. Murray, Agnolo Firenzuolo on Female Sexuality and Woman's Equality, in: "Sixteenth Century Journal", 22, 1991, pp. 207, 213). . Octavo (15 cm); 44 leaves. Woodcut printer's device on title-page with variant at the end; woodcut initials. Bound in later (c19?) plain sky-blue boards, titled in manuscript on spine. References: Gamba, 458 ("Suol tenersi in maggiore stima questa ristampa si per la leggiadria de' carratteri, che per la diligenza nella correzione"); Adams, F-496; Decia & Camerini, I Giunti di Firenze, 287; Seroni, "Firenzuola," #4.
(Inventory #: 5724)