De Stolatae Virginitatis Jure Lucubrateo AcademiaBEVERLAND, Adriaan
Leyden: Typis Joannis Lindani. 1680
First edition. 8vo (150x 94mm). pp. [xii], 223, . Sporadic light foxing throughout, small hole in one leaf and small tear to top inner margin of title-page (no loss). Contemporary vellum, spine lettered (somewhat faintly) in black ink. Spine a trifle dusty, slight curvature to lower board, but overall a very good copy.
First edition of Beverland’s second book which he described as an “academic lucubration on woman’s propensity for sexual lubricity”. “No voice can tell of their innate lechery, be they married or virgin”. The work is filled with scholarly references from classical and modern literature. Among much else, it includes Rochester’s obscene lampoon on Nell Gwyn, which represents the first printing of an obscene poem by the libertine Lord. Beverland probably met Rochester on arriving in England in 1679, a year before Rochester’s death and the subsequent first publication of his notorious Poems on Several Occasions.