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The Work of Cloistered Women - A History of Two Mexican Convents - Replete with Miracles

AMERICAS. Sigüenza y Góngora, Carlos de (1645-1700)
Parayso occidental, plantado y cultivado por la liberal benefica mano de los muy catholicos y poderosos reyes de España, nuestros senores, en su magnifico Real Convento de Jesus Maria de Mexico: de cuya fundacion y progressos y de las prodigiosas maravillas y virtudes, con que exalando olor suave de perfeccion, florecieron en su clausura la V.M. Marina de la Crvz y otras exemplarissimas religiosas, da noticia en este volumen D. Carlos Siguenza y Gongora.

Mexico: Juan de Ribera, 1684


Quarto: 23 x 17 cm. [12], 206, [1] lvs. Collation: [a]-c4, A-Ddd4, Eee8 (lacks blank leaf Eeee8)

First edition of this important history: "Paradise in the West, planted and cultivated by the liberal and beneficent hand of the most Catholic and powerful Kings of Spain, Our Lords, in their magnificent Real Convento de Jesús María of Mexico City: of whose foundation and progress, and prodigious marvels and virtues, with which the Venerable Madre Marina de la Cruz and other exemplary religious women, giving off sweet smells of perfection, flowered in its cloister, don Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora, Mexican Presbyter, gives notice in this volume.


Medina, Mexico II: 1328; Palau 312973; Sabin 80980

For Visitation Nuns? - Printed by Paula de Benavides - Dedicated to Saint Teresa of Ávila

Asenjo y Crespo, Ignacio de (1648-1736)
Exercicio practico de la voluntad de Dios, y compendio de la mortificacion.

Mexico: Viuda de Bernardo Calderon, 1682


Sextodecimo: 9.5 x 7 cm. [12], 130, 66 leaves. Collation: π8, par4, A-Q8, R2, a-h8, i2

FIRST EDITION. A fine copy in contemporary vellum, lacking ties, with deckled lower edges to a number of leaves, and only a few minor faults: cc. light foxing, paper flaw to F3, costing a word, small hole in a1. Naïve woodcut headpiece with a cherub's head on verso of leaf R2.


The Sole Edition of Aphra Behn’s “Miscellany” –With Intriguing Contemporary Provenance & Annotations

Behn, Aphra (1640-1689); Rochester, Wilmot, John, Earl (1648-80); et al.
Miscellany, being a collection of poems by several hands. Together with reflections on morality, or Seneca unmasqued.

London: printed for J. Hindmarsh, 1685


Octavo: 18 x 11 cm. [16], 299[1], [14], 301-382 pp. Collation: A4, a4, B-U8, X4, Y-Z8, Aa-Cc8, Dd2 (with blank leaf a4) Complete.

An important poetical miscellany, compiled and edited by Aphra Behn. The collection includes 12 poems by Behn as well as her prose translation and reworking of La Rochefoucauld's  “Maximes” entitled “Seneca Unmasqued.” Behn is also the author of the six-page dedicatory letter to Sir William Clifton.


Wing M2230; Case 177; O'Donnell, Aphra Behn, BA2; CBEL II, 335 and 756

With Verses by Aphra Behn. A Fantastic, Large-Paper Copy

Behn, Aphra (1640-89); Aesop (ca. 620-564 B.C.); Barlow, Francis (1626?-1702)
Aesop’s fables with his life: in English, French and Latin. Newly translated. Illustrated with one hundred and twelve sculptures. To this edition are likewise added, thirty one new figures representing his life. By Francis Barlow.

London: Printed by H. Hills jun. for Francis Barlow, and are to be sold by Chr. Wilkinson at the Black-boy against St. Dunstan’s Church in Fleet-street, Tho. Fox in Westminster-hall, and Henry Faithorne at the Rose in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1687


Folio: 36.3 x 22.8 cm. [8], 40; 40; 17, 2-221, [3] p. COLLATION: π1(printed title), a2, B-L2; B-L2, B-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Ppp2.

For this second edition of his magnificent production, Barlow commissioned Aphra Behn, then at the height of her popularity as a playwright and poet, to write verses to be engraved on the 110 plates illustrating the fables. In order to substitute Behn’s verses for those of Thomas Philipot (d. 1682), the lower area of the plate needed to be burnished down and the new verses engraved onto the plate in place of the earlier ones.


Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), A703

The Sole Edition of Brathwait’s Satire on the Vices of Women

Brathwait, Richard (1588?-1673)
Ar’t asleepe husband? A boulster lecture; stored with all variety of witty jeasts, merry tales, and other pleasant passages; extracted, from the choicest flowers of philosophy, poesy, antient and moderne history. Illustrated with examples of incomparable constancy, in the excellent history of Philocles and Doriclea. By Philogenes Panedonius

London: Printed by R. Bishop, for R[ichard]. B[est]. or his assignes, 1640


17 x 11 cm. [48], 318, [8] p., [1] leaf of plates Collation: [A]1, a-c⁸, B-X⁸ (with blank X8), Y⁴

This copy conforms with Pforzheimer and lacks the bifolium “Postscript” (Z1-2) “Apparently supplementary and frequently wanting”(Grolier). It is found only in the Huntington and Harmsworth (Folger) copies in the U.S. Quire Y contains the poems "Menippus his Madrigall, to his coy-duck Clarabel” and “Loves Festivall at Lusts Funerall”.


STC 3555; Pforzheimer, 76; Grolier, Wither to Prior 86

Obsequies in Mexico for Maria Amalia, Queen consort of Spain – With 28 engraved emblems and the rare folding plate of the Queen consort's Catafalque

CEREMONIES. EMBLEMS. Rodríguez del Toro, José; Malo de Villavicencio, Felix Venancio; Velez de Ulibarri-Olasso, José Manuel; Becerra y Moreno, José Javier
Llanto de la fama. Reales exequias de la serenissima Señora Da. Maria Amalia de Saxonia, reyna de las Españas. celebradas en la Santa Iglesia Cathedral de la imperial corte mexicana, los dias 17. y 18. de julio de 1761. Dispuestas por los Sres. comissarios Lic. D. Joseph Rodriguez del Toro, caballero del Orden de Calatrava, y Lic. D. Felix Venancio Malo, del Consejo de Su Magestad, y sus oydores en esta Real Audiencia.

Mexico En la emprenta Nueva Antuerpiana de Christoval y Philipe de Zuñiga y Ontiveros, 1761


Quarto: 19.8 x 14.5 cm. [72] p., 28 plates (* see note at the foot of this description); [2], 22 p., [2], 23-60 p. Large folding plate, plus 28 full-page engraved emblems in the text. Collation: A-Q4; A-C4; D-H4. (In the first part, lvs. Q1 and N1 misbound as in the JCB copy. In the first part leaf C2 is signed Cc2, leaf E4 is signed F, Sig. F not signed, leaf Q2 signed Q3.) Internet Archive collates signatures E and F in the first part as E4 (-E4), F6 (-F6) taking E4 (signed "F" as F1.) Complete.

A marvelous, illustrated account of the memorial services held in Mexico City for Maria Amalia of Saxony (1724-1760), Queen consort of Naples and Sicily (1738-1759) and subsequently Queen consort of Spain until her death in 1760.

Maria Amalia was the daughter of Augustus III of Poland, Elector of Saxony, and Maria Josepha of Austria.


Medina, Imprenta en México (1539-1821), 4725; Palau y Dulcet, Manual del librero hispano-americano (2. ed.), 275069 and 358157; León, Bibliografía Mexicana de el Siglo XVIII, 836, 837, and 838. Francisco de Solano, Fiestas en la ciudad de Mexico, p. 301 Beltrán et al., La fiesta barroca. Los virreinatos americanos (1560-1808), p. 67-9

Funeral Rites & Emblems for The Queen Consort of Spain

CERMONIES. EMBLEMS. Fojá (Foixà), Ramón (1729-1796)
Reales Exequias, que a Su Augusta Soberana Da. Maria Amalia de Saxonia Reina de España. consagró el rendido amor y gratitud de la mui ilustre ciudad de Barcelona : en los dias 23 y 24 de abril de 1761

Barcelona: Maria Teresa Vendréll y Texidó, 1761


Quarto: 19.5 x 14.5 cm. [4], 110, [6], 33, [3], [2] p. Collation: π2 (π1 blank), A-O4, A-E4 (E4 blank), π1 (imprimatur). With 5 added plates. Complete.

A marvelous, illustrated account of the memorial services held in Barcelona for Maria Amalia of Saxony (1724-1760), Queen consort of Naples and Sicily (1738-1759) and subsequently Queen consort of Spain until her death in 1760. Maria Amalia was the daughter of Augustus III of Poland, Elector of Saxony, and Maria Josepha of Austria.


Heredia 4985; Palau 251.917 ("raro"); Salvá 340; Simón Palmer 2238; Vinet 572 ("fort rare")

The Scandalous Life of Elizabeth Chudleigh

Chudleigh, Elizabeth (c. 1720-1788)
An Authentic Detail of Particulars relative to the Late Duchess of Kingston.

London: Printed for G. Kearsley, at Johnson’s Head, No. 46, Fleet-Street, 1788


Octavo: 21 x 13 cm. pp. [ii], ii, 178, [18]. Collation: [A]2, B-Z4, A1. With an added engraved frontispiece of the Duchess, with breasts exposed "as she appeared at the Venetian Ambassador

Duchess of Kingston, granddaughter of the poet Mary Chudleigh (1656-1710), from whom “she seemed to have inherited no notable literary tastes or talents”(Rizzo) Elizabeth was notorious for her sexual escapades, daring, and profligacy. She studiously cultivated this image, referring to herself (in the third person) thus: “She was both wasteful and penurious; the most enormous sums were expended to gratify her love of display, at the same time that she refused to incur some trifling necessary expense in her household….


ESTC T92902

The First Edition. A Fine Copy in a Contemporary Binding

Chudleigh, Mary Lee, Lady (bap. 1656- d. 1710)
Poems on several occasions. Together with The song of the three children paraphras’d. By the Lady Chudleigh

London: printed by W[illiam]. B[owyer]. for Bernard Lintott at the Middle Temple Gate in Fleetstreet, 1703


Octavo: 19.5 x 12 cm. [16], 125, [17], 73, [1] pp. Collation: A-O8, P4

Mary Chudleigh was a friend of Elizabeth Thomas and an admirer of Mary Astell, with whom she corresponded and whose ‘Defence of the Female Sex’ she tried to emulate. Dedicated to Queen Anne, her ‘Poems on Several Occasions’ was widely noticed, achieving a second edition in 1709. The poems include a wide range of subjects, from lyrics and satires of the age of Dryden, to philosophical and more contemplative verse in keeping with the solitary and often melancholy life that she led in Devon.


Foxon p. 121; ESTC t97275; Maslen and Lancaster, Bowyer ledgers, D36

The Poems of Vittoria Colonna - The Best Edition

Colonna, Vittoria (1492-1547)
Le rime spirituali della illustrissima signora Vittoria Colonna Marchesana di Pescara. Alle quali di nuouo sono stati aggiunti, oltre quelli non pur dell’altrui stampe, ma ancho della nostra medesima, piu di trenta, ò trentatre Sonetti, no mai piu altroue stampati; un capitolo; et in non pochi luoghi ricorrette, et piu chiaramente distinte

Venice: Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1548


Quarto: 20 x 15 cm. 120 pp. Collation: A-P4.

The first edition of Colonna's Rime had been printed in Parma by Viotto in 1538 and presented 145 poems of which 9 by other authors. The first Valgrisi edition (the first in 4to format and the first with the title Rime spirituali) had appeared in 1546 and included 180 poems. The important later edition edited by Rinaldo Corso in 1558 has only 158 poems.

The poetic production of Vittoria Colonna comprises two main characters: one profane, which consists of Petrarchan poems celebrating the love for her husband, the Marquis of Pescara Francesco D'Avalos, whom she married in 1509 and who died in battle in 1525; and one sacred, in which the personal pain for the loss of her husband is transfigured and becomes more and more universal up to a point in which it coincides with the pain of Christ on the cross.


M. Bandini Buti, Poetesse e scrittrici, Rome, 1941, I, pp. 164-171; Gamba, no. 1325 (“più copiosa e meno scorretta”); Edit 16, CNCE12833; A. Erdmann, My Gracious Silence, Lucerne, 1999, p. 211.

First Edition of Queen Elizabeth’s Visitation Articles

ELIZABETH I, Queen of England (1533-1603)
Articles to be enquyred in the visitation, in the fyrst yeare of the raygne of our moost drad soueraygne Lady, Elizabeth by the grace of God, of Englande Fraunce, and Irelande, Quene, defender of the fayth. &c. Anno 1559

London: Imprinted… in Povles Churcheyarde by Richard Iugge and Iohn Cavvood, Printers to the Quenes Maiestie, 1559


Quarto: 18 x 13 cm. [14] pp. Collation: A-B4 (lacking blank leaf B4)

With the signature of the 16th c. book collector Humphrey Dyson (1582-1633) at the foot of the title page. The bookplate of Albert Ehrman, with his motto “Pro Viribus Summis Contendo” is affixed to the front pastedown. This was lot 270 in the 1978 sale of Ehrman’s library. Very rare. ESTC locates 4 copies in the U.S.: Folger, Huntington, Harvard, Yale.

First edition of the first visitation articles established for the reformed church after Elizabeth’s accession.


STC 10118

Ludicrous Fashion & Moral Turpitude In the Restoration Court

Englands Vanity or the Voice of God against the monstrous Sin of Pride, in Dress and Apparel: wherein naked Breasts and Shoulders, antick and fantastick Garbs, Patches, and Painting, long Perriwigs, Towers, Bulls, Shades, Curlings, and Crispings, with an Hundred more Fooleries of both Sexes, are condemned as notoriously unlawful. With pertinent Addresses to the Court, Nobility, Gentry, City, and Country. Directed especially to the Professors in London. By a compassionate Conformist.

London: Printed for John Dunton at the Black raven in the Poultry, 1683


Octavo: 14 x 9 cm. pp. [2], 77, 80-144 (F7-8 are cancelled and replaced with a single leaf paginated ‘77’-‘80’, the text continuous); With an added frontispiece.

The anonymous author decries ‘the Rudeness, the Incivility, the Insolence, the Wild and Immodest Gestures, and Deportment not only of the Males only in our City, but the Loosness, the Staring and Gaping, the Idle and Dissolute Carriage of the very Virgins and Young ladies who set themselves out on purpose to be pick’t up, and Gaz’d on …  Not to speak now of the swarmes of these execrable prostitutes … that have every Night their several walks and appartments to ply in’.


Wing E 3069; Stephen Parks, John Dunton 19

Polygamy, Adultery & Divorce in 18th c. England

Ochino, Bernardino (1487-1564); Wolseley, Charles (c. 1630-1714); Castamore (pseud.)
The cases of polygamy, concubinage, adultery, divorce, &c. seriously and learnedly discussed. Being a compleat collection of all the remarkable tryals and tracts which have been Written on those Important Subjects

London: Printed for T. Payne, in Pater-Noster-Row; J. Chrichley, at Charing-Cross; and W. Shropshire, in New-Bond-Street, 1732


Large 12mo. 15.8 x 10 cm. 4 parts in 1: 15.8 x 10 cm. [2], lvii, [1], 240 p. Collation: π1, [a]-[b]12,[c]5, B-L12

Second English editions of Bernardino Ochino's dialogues on divorce and polygamy, both of which first appeared in English in 1657. With the second editions of Charles Wolseley's, "The Case of Divorce, and Re-marriage thereupon"(1673), the anonymous "Treatise Concerning Adultery and Divorce" (1700), and the pseudonymous "Conjugium languens: or the Natural, civil and religious mischiefs arising from conjugal infidelity and impunity" (1700), by "Castamore".


ESTC T153320

Celia Romana's Love Letters

Romana, Celia (fl. 1562), pseudonym?
Lettere amorose ... scritte al suo Amante.

Venice: [Francesco Rampazetto for] Antonio degli Antoni, 1562


Octavo: [152] pp.

First edition of "Love letters written by Lady Celia, Roman gentlewoman, to her lover", one of the earliest collections of Renaissance Italian women's letters, one of the few collections addressed entirely to one recipient, and possibly "the most popular woman's letter book of the Renaissance.


Erdmann, My Gracious Silence, p. 210; Index Aureliensis VII, p. 262. BMSTC 164. Gay II, 795 (later eds). On authorship and contents: L. Matt, ‘Lettere “mal corrette” ma “scritte di cuore”: lingua e stile dell’epistolario amoroso di Celia Ro- mana’, in La comunicazione letteraria degli Italiani, ed. by D. Manca and G. Piroddi, Sassari 2017, pp. 129-148.

The First Printing of Two Attacks on Mary, Queen of Scots

STUART, MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS (1542-1587). Buchanan, George (1506-1582)
De Maria Scotorum Regina, totaque eius contra Regem coniuratione, fÏdo cum Bothuelio adulterio, nefaria in maritum crudelitate & rabie, horrendo insuper & deterrimo eiusdem parricidio: plena, & tragica planè historia.

N.p. but London: John Day, no date but 1571


Octavo: 14 x 8.5 cm (2), 144, (4) pp. Collation: A-Q4

FIRST EDITION of this famous denunciation of Mary, Queen of Scots, by the eminent scholar who had at one time been her tutor and ardent admirer. Buchanan's loyalty ended with the murder of Mary's cousin and husband Lord Darnley, and her hasty marriage to the Earl of Bothwell; he testified at her trial in London, where the notorious "casket letters" were produced as implicating Mary in Darnley's murder.


STC 3978; Scott, Mary Queen of Scots, 75; CBEL I, 2442

The Conjoined Twins of Biddenden

THE BIDDENDEN MAIDS. Chulkhurt, Eliza and Mary (1100-1134)
A short and concise account of Eliza & Mary Chulkhurst, who were borned joined together by the hips and shoulders, in the year of our Lord, 1100, at Biddenden, in the County of Kent, commonly called The Biddenden Maids.

Tenterden: [J.S.] Thomson, Printer, circa 1808


Broadside: 34 x 20 cm.

Apparently the product of folklore, the Biddenden maids, Elisa and Mary Chulkhurst (1100-1134), were conjoined twins, named after their hometown of Biddenden, in Kent, England. They are said to have lived for 34 years joined at their hips and shoulders until they died, six hours apart.


Love, Intimacy & Women’s Sexuality

Tullia d'Aragona (c. 1510–1556)
Dialogo della signora Tullia d'Aragona della infinità di amore.

Venice: Gabriel Giolito de Farrari, 1547


Octavo: 15.25 x 9.5 cm. 79, [1] leaves A-V4 (final leaf blank, present)

This is the rare first edition of “Dialogue on the Infinity of Love” (1547), Tullia d’Aragona’s philosophy of the complexity of love in all its aspects: sexual, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual. In her “Dialogue”, Aragona “gives a moral foundation to sexuality and implicitly offers a philosophical base for a positive evaluation of womanhood.”(Russell) An accomplished poet and philosophical thinker, Tullia d’Aragona was also one of the most famous courtesans of her age.


Adams A-1501; Salvatore Bongi, “Annali di Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari da Trino di Monferrato stampatore in Venezia.” (Roma: 1890-95) p. 199

Weak Women: Powerful Witches

WITCHCRAFT. Institor, Heinrich (ca. 1430-1505); Sprenger, Jakob (ca. 1436-1495)
Mallevs Maleficarvm, In Tres divisus Partes, In quibus Concurrentia ad maleficia, Maleficiorum effectus, Remedia aduersus maleficia, Et modus procedendi, ac puniendi maleficos abundè continetur, praecipuè autem omnibus Inquisitoribus, & diuini uerbi concionatoribus utilis, ac necessaries Auctore R.P.F. Iacobo Sprenger Ordinis Prædicatorum, olim inquisitore clariss. Hac postrema editione per F. Raffaelem Maffeum Venetum. D. Iacobi à Iudeca instituti Seruorum summo studio illustratus, & à multis erroribus uindicatus. His adiecimus indices rerum memorabilium, & quaestionum

Venice: Giovanni Antonio Bertano, 1574


Octavo: 15 x 10 cm. [64], 505, [9 ] pp. Collation: a-d8, A-Z, Aa-Ii8

The notorious "Hammer of Witches” laid down procedures for discovering and convicting witches and contributed significantly to the early modern witch craze. This edition includes Sprenger’s “Apologia autoris” and the original bull, granted by Pope Innocent VIII, affirming the powers of Institor and Sprenger as inquisitors. The text was edited by Raffaele Maffei (1507-1577).


EDIT 16 CNCE 58430; Adams S1614; Coumont, Demonology and Witchcraft : an annotated bibliography : with related works on magic, medicine, superstition, &c., I4.18

Native Fashion in 16th c. Virginia - The Expanded Second Edition – With New Woodcuts of Native Americans

WOMEN. COSTUME. NATIVE AMERICANS. Vecellio, Cesare (ca. 1521-1601)
Habiti antichi et moderni di tutto il mondo di Cesare Vecellio ; di nuouo accresciuti di molte figure ; vestitus antiquorum recentiorumque totius orbis per Sulstatium Gratilianum Senapolensis Latinè declarati.

Venice: Appresso Gio. Bernardo Sessa, 1598


Octavo: 17.5 x 12 cm. [56], 507, [1] lvs. Collation: a-g8, A-Z8, Aa-Zz8, Aaa-Rrr8, Ss4 (lacking blank Ss4).

Cesare Vecellio, who joined the workshop of his famous cousin Titian before 1548, was active as a publisher by 1570. The original 1590 edition included some 420 woodcuts by Christoph Krieger [Cristoforo Guerra], who died before completing the 450 cuts stipulated in his contract; this 2nd edition of 1598 contains 88 additional woodcuts (see Bayer, "Art and Love in Renaissance Italy").


EDIT 16; CNCE 29586; BM STC Italian, 1465-1600, p. 713; Sabin, 98732; Alden, J.E. European Americana, 598/112; Hiler, H. Bibliography of costume (1. ed.), p. 873; Bayer, A.J. Art and love in Renaissance Italy, no. 64, p. 145; Lipperheide Aa 33

Sumptuary Laws

Provisione et ordine sopra le Pompe, & vestire cosi di Donne come de gli Huomini, Apparati di Dote, & Banchetti, Di ordine dell’Ilustriss, & Reverendiss. Monsig. Gio. Battista Castagna Cardinale di San Marcello Legato di Bologna. Publicata in Bologna alli 19. & reiterata alli 23. Di Decembre. M D LXXXIIII.

Bologna: Per Alessandro Benacci, 1584


Quarto: 22 x 15.5 cm. (8) pages.

First edition of this revision of sumptuary laws regulating dress, dowry and feasts promulgated by Cardinal Gabriele Paleotti in 1568 and revised several times until the end of the century.

The dress code of women attracts particular attention, skirts are meant to be neither too long, nor too short; jewelry is to be worn in moderation.


Universal STC, no. 865850; R. Campioni, op. cit., p.148; M.G. Muzzarelli, ed., Le legislazioni suntuarie secoli XIII-XVI. Emilia Romagna, Rom, 2002, pp. 42-43; Z. Zanardi, ed., Bononia manifesta. Bandi, editti, costituzioni e provvedimenti diversi stampati nel XVI secolo per Bologna e il suo territorio, (Firenze, 1996), p. 226, no. 1555; R. Campioni, Libri di merlette e disposizioni suntuarie nel secolo XVI: alcune indicazioni per l’Emilia Romagna, in: “Le trame della moda”, A.G. Cavagna & G. Butazzi, eds., Roma, 1995, pp. 125-149, and P. Goretti, La regolamentazione delle apparenze: vesti e orna- menti nella legislazione suntuaria Bolognese del XVI secolo, in: “Schede umanistiche”, 1996, no. 2, pp. 117-137.