LA NOBILTA, et l'eccellenza delle donne co' diffetti, et mancamenti de gli huomini. Di-scorso di Lucretia Marinella, in due parti diviso. Nella prima si manifesta la nobiltÓ delle donne co' forti ragioni, & infiniti essempi, ...Nella seconda si conferma co' vere ragioni,...che i diffetti de gli

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Venezia: Giovanni Ciotti, . Greatly enlarged second Edition 8vo, pp. (8), 326, (2). The second part begins at page 135, with the printer's device on the title-page. Small repair at the bottom of the title-page with a loss of a few letters, some other tiny holes, skillfully repaired, at page 237/238 which slightly affects the text, minimal foxing, but a better than very good clean copy with wide margins. Bound in later full calf with raised bands and modest gilt title. This second edition adds 15 chapters to the 1600 first edition. Erdmann p. 215. OCLC locates 8 copies in US libraries but this is quite scarce in the trade: there are no copies for sale on the Internet, nor is there an auction record in ABPC. (Item ID: 53764)

"Lucrezia Marinella's polemic first saw the light of the day in 1600, composed at a furious rate in answer to Giuseppe Passi's diatribe about women's alleged defects, Dei donneschi difetti,published the year before in 1599. A second edition came out in 1601 with the addition of fifteen chapters; and a reprint with the same content but in a smaller format appeared in 1621. Marinella took the first part of her own title either from the Italian translation of a supposedlyanonymous French tract, Della nobiltÓ et eccellenza delle donne , printed in Venice in 1549 (the original, written by Henricus Cornelius Agrippa in Latin as De nobilitate et praecellentia foeminei sexus, had appeared twenty years earlier, in 1529), or form an earlier praise of women based in part on Agrippa, Della nobiltÓ delle donne by Ludovico Domenichi. The second part, on the defects and vices of men, is an emphetic reversal of Passi's title on the defects of women. In the long polemical tradition of attacks against women, and their defense, Lucreazia Marinella's treatise occupies an unique place. It is the only formal debating treatise of its kind written by a woman; it presents a stunning range of authorities, examples, and arguments, which in sheer quantity no other woman had hitherto amassed; and it mounts a blistering attack on men for exactly the same vices Passi had dared to accuse women of. Marinella also brings to new heights the line of arguments launched by Agrippa that women are not only equal to men morally and intellectually, but in many respects excel them" (L. Panizza, introduction , in: L. Marinelli, "The nobility and excellence of women, and the defects and vices of men", A. Dunhill, ed., Chicago, 1999, pp. 2-3)The most impressive and original of the responses to Passi's Donneschi difetti was undoubtedly Marinella's La nobiltÓ et l'eccellenza delle donne, rightly recognized by recent critics as a landmark in the history of women's contribution to the querelle des femmes... An addition to this later [second] edition of particular importance was a series of appended chapters attacking the arguments of particular misogynist thinkers, ranging from Aristotle and Boccaccio to Sperone Speroni and Torquato Tasso... The novelty of La nobiltÓ et l'eccellenza delle donne within the Italian tradition of women's writing needs to be noted: while Giulia Bigolina and Moderata Fonte had preceded Marinella in engaging with the theoreticaldebate on women's status, both had done so in a fairly localized manner and within fictional and dialogic contexts that calculatedly mitigated the force of their argument. There is no real precedent for La NobiltÓ as a sustained, first-person exercise in female-authored feminist polemic nor one that appropriates so accurately male academic disputational modes. To see a woman engaging successfully in this kind of swaggering duel of erudition with a male combatant must have been a spectacle of remarkable novelty for contemporaries..." (V. Cox,Women's writing in Italy, 1400-1650, Baltimore, 2008, p. 174).Lucrezia Marinelli was born in Venice the daughter of the famous writer and physician Giovanni Marinelli. She was a polemicist and lyric, narrative and epic poems. She married a physician and had two children.


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