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ACOSTA, Cristóbal (ca. 1525-ca. 1594). Tratado en Loor de las Mujeres. Venice: Giacomo Cornetti, 1592. 4° (207 x 140mm). Engraved title border, woodcut initials. (Without blank \kp\K2 occasional light spotting.) 19th-century vellum gilt (some light scuffing). Provenance: purchased from José Porter, 1957.
ACOSTA, Cristóbal (ca. 1525-ca. 1594). Tratado en Loor de las Mujeres. Venice: Giacomo Cornetti, 1592. 4° (207 x 140mm). Engraved title border, woodcut initials. (Without blank \kp\K2 occasional light spotting.) 19th-century vellum gilt (some light scuffing). Provenance: purchased from José Porter, 1957.

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ACOSTA, Cristóbal (ca. 1525-ca. 1594). Tratado en Loor de las Mujeres. Venice: Giacomo Cornetti, 1592. 4° (207 x 140mm). Engraved title border, woodcut initials. (Without blank \kp\K2 occasional light spotting.) 19th-century vellum gilt (some light scuffing). Provenance: purchased from José Porter, 1957.

FIRST EDITION of Acosta's gallant appreciation of women. It drew on Boccaccio and many other sources, but was not influenced by Espinosa's Dialogo on the same subject (see lot 72). Remarkably, the sin of Eve is condoned, and the author even offers excuses for the behaviour of the few 'bad' women. RARE ON THE MARKET. No sale recorded in on-line ABPC/AE since 1969. Brunet I, 41; Maggs cat. 495, 1927, no. 5; Salvá II, 1690; Palau I, 1966.

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