Item #00006 Le liure de la femme forte Et vertueuse. François Le Roy.
Le liure de la femme forte Et vertueuse.
“ONE OF THE FIRST FEMINIST WORKS” — BECHTEL

Le liure de la femme forte Et vertueuse.

Paris, Jean Petit c. 1517.

Small 8vo (133 x 93 mm.). [ii], [516], [2 blank]p. Bâtarde type, white-line metalcut initials on dotted grounds, a small Petit title device (variant of Haebler VI = Renouard 886; the edition is dated after the state of the device).

Early 17th-century vellum (lightly soiled), later manuscript spine title and label, evidence of four green linen ties, gauffered edges.

THIS POCKET GUIDE FOR WOMEN ADVOCATES THEIR INDEPENDENCE, SELF-RELIANCE AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY. A kind of courtesy book, The Book of Strong and Virtuous Women is cast as commentary on Proverbs 31: 10-31.
            Lay women should be involved in family, business and society — planting vineyards, buying land, building financial assets and serving their family. The cloistered should enhance their spiritual strength and devotion. Le Roy composed this for the nuns at Fontevrault, who ran a one hundred twenty bed leper hospital and aided “fallen” women. ?Four printings appeared between 1501 and 1520. Fresh.
¶Kelso, Doctrine for the Lady of the Renaissance 499; Hentsch, De la littérature didactique du moyen âge s’adressant spécialement aux femmes 108; Higman, Piety and the People Religious Printing in French, 1511-1551 L 57; Bechtel, Catalogue des gothiques français L-220 (incorrect collation); Moreau, Inventaire chronologique des éditions parisiennes du XVIe siècle II: 1657; BP16 103321; see Erdmann’s My Gracious Silence 178 (1501 edition in the bibliography).

Item #00006

Price: $6,500.00

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