A DIALOGUE OF POLYGAMY & DIVORCE, by Bernardino Ochino -1657 [rebound]


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A Dialogue of Polygamy

by Bernardino Ochino

Title continues: Written Originally in Italian:  Rendred [sic] into English by a Person of Quality; and Dedicated to the Author of that well-known Treatise call'd, "Advice to a Son."

Volume 2 title: A Dialogue of Divorce, between Ochinus and Meschinus.

A scarce early English work on marriage and divorce. Two volumes in one, but only one full title page. Both are written as dialectic conversation between a priest and layman. Biblical references were printed in margins. This early work (in the original Italian), from a time when books were truly rare and scarce, is considered a book birthed by the Italian Renaissance movement. It could also be considered a very early treatise on polyamory--a subject being treated as newphenomena in the 21st century89 pages + 61 pages. 3.5 x 5.75 inches.

Expertly rebound in full leather, with gilt text and lines on spine. Pages were washed, and fresh coordinating pastedowns included. Uses the expected 17th century type/font.

Bernardino Ochino (1487–1564) was a catholic friar who converted to the protestant reformation. His radical views compelled him to relocate several times throughout Europe, where he oversaw various Italian congregations. These two treaties were part of a series of 30, considered so controversial that he was forced to flee Zurich. With no place willing to harbor the dissident, he soon perished in solitude and obscurity somewhere in Eastern Europe.

Presumed First English printing. Published by: "Printed for John Garfield, at the Rolling-Press for Pictures, neer (sic) the Royal Exchange in Cornhill, over against Popes-head Alley", London. 1657.

Leatherbound is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Full leatherbound covers are in excellent condition.
  • Binding was completed restored, resulting in a Fine looking exterior, and a snug casing.
  • Interior is age-toned, with minimal scattered foxing and smudges, a few stains, and light edgewear evident in gentle corner bumps and tiny chips.
  • Pages are barely warped, and one can see expected minor printing smudges as is typical of this vintage publication.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Ink author's sig on partial original endpage in back, includes date of 1756.
  • Text block edges are lightly deckled and dusty. Faded evidence indicates that all edges were likely inked at initial binding.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • CR20180404

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Binding: Leather
Original/Facsimile: Original
Special Attributes: Early English book
Region: Europe
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Subject: Philosophy
Topic: Marriage Divorce
Publisher: Printed for John Garfeild
Year Printed: 1657
Author: Bernardino Ochino
Place of Publication: London
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