Capricciosi & Piaceuoli RagionamentiARETINO, M.Pietro
Il Veritiere e’l divino, cognominato il flagello de’ Principi. Nuova Editione. Bound with La Puttana Errante overo dialogo, di Madalena e Giulia, di M.P.Aretino
Cosmopoli (Leiden/Amsterdam): [Jean Elzevier] and [Daniel Elzevier]. 1660.
Two works in one volume. 8vo. 151x89mm. pp. 542, ; 38. Eighteenth century straight-grained red morocco, single fillet border in gilt to covers, flat spine ruled in gilt, lettered direct in gilt. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Bumping and rubbing to extremities and rubbing to joints but overall a very good binding. A pencilled note on one of the blank preliminaries reads “Binding by Roger Payne?” and this is certainly in his style. Internally excellent with only minor marking in places. A very nice copy of the first 1660 Elzevier printing of the complete series of Aretino’s Ragionamenti, (the italic marginal notes using the elongated “z”), bound, as is often the case, with the second Elzevier edition of La Puttana Errante from 1668, the latter reset in 38 pages rather than the 54 of the first edition.
First published in 1534, Aretino’s Ragionamenti is a set of dialogues featuring prostitutes discussing the tricks of their trade and the venality of their clients. As well as an attack on powerful Roman men, Aretino uses the dialogue form to satirise contemporary literary style and philosophical ideas. La Puttana Errante continues the lubricity with a discussion of sexual positions although the work is generally attributed not to Aretino but to one of his pupils, Lorenzo Venier.