Paris: Au Cabinet du Livre, 1928. Limited edition. Softcover. 1/60. Quarto (10 x 6 1/2"). , viii, -240, pp (Vol. 1), , -356, pp (Vol. 2). Uncut. Original glassines over printed dust-jackets and blind wrappers, with red and black lettering to front covers and title pages. Both frontispieces in two states. Books housed in their original marbled paper covered slipcase.
Originally published in 1534-36 under the title "De ragionamenti," Pietro Aretino's work "became the prototype of seventeenth-century pornographic prose. In the ‘Ragionamenti,’ Aretino developed the device of realistic and satirical dialogues between an older, experienced woman and a younger, innocent one. This dialogue form had a long life; it completely dominated seventeenth-century pornography in every language, and it still appears, for example, in Sade’s ‘La Philosophie dans le boudoir’ (1795), 250 years later.” (Lynn Hunt, ‘The Invention of Pornography, 1500-1800,’ Introduction).
This limited edition is splendidly illustrated throughout with numerous in-text woodcuts, and 12 tissue-guarded etchings in two states by Martin van Maele.
One of 60 numbered copies on Auvergne paper, of which this is No. 75, after 20 on Japan, and 400 on Holland (total run 480).
Closed tear at lower edge of slipcase. Heavy foxing throughout, with sporadic water-staining at lower margin of pages in first volume (never affecting lettering). Text in French. Slipcase in overall fair to good, glassine, dust-jackets and wrappers in good to very good, interior in fair to good condition. f to vg. Item #44187
*Pietro Aretino (1492-1556) was one of the most important figures in Italian Renaissance literature, and certainly the most controversial. Condemned by some as a pornographer, his infamy was due largely to his use of explicit sexuality and the vulgar tongue of ordinary speech in much of his work.