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TUKE, Thomas (d. 1657). A Discourse against Painting and Tincturing of Women, wherein the abominable sins of murther and poysoning, pride and ambition, adultery and witchcraft, are set foorth and discouered. London: Edward Marchant, 1616.
4° (180 x 134mm). Title with woodcut of an an Elisabethan woman, woodcut ornaments. (Title frail, stained at inner corners and frayed at outer margins, with repair to lower outer corner, B4 torn with substantial loss to first three lines and also holed with loss of one word on recto and half a word on verso, final leaves repaired at lower inner and outer corners, lacking first and final blanks.) 20th-century old style calf. Provenance: 'Fucus inimica formae. Velle suum cuique est nec Moto vivimus uno. Pinge duos ....' (contemporary inscription on title); 'Manor copy 4d. to me' (early inscription on title verso, followed by a bibliographical note and quotation from scripture); further annotation in another hand on K1r; Charles J. Sawyer Ltd. (catalogue item no. 443).
One of two issues in 1616, the present issue having an anonymous cancel title page and the initials 'T.T.' at the end of text. Tuke's attack on cosmetics and the depravity of women in general was first published by Thomas Creede in ?1615 as The Picture of a Picture: or, The character of a painted woman. The Latin inscription on the title page of this copy translates as 'Dye is the enemy of beauty. Each one seeks his own Nor do we live in one humour ....' STC 24316A.
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