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NARBONA, Diego de (1605–1650)

Annales tractatus juris de aetate ad omnes humanos actus requisita opus tam in scholis quam in foro versantibus aeque necessarium ... Mantua Carpentana. Excudit Didacus Diaz. Expensis Petri Coello

Madrid: Didacus Diaz for Petri Coello, 1642
Folio: ¶–2¶6 A–3N6 (3N1+ †2) 3O–3V6, 410 leaves, pp. [24] 697 [1] (blank) [98] (indexes), text in double columns, woodcut initials.
Engraved titlepage following letterpress half title on ¶1, signed ‘fr Joanis Baptista Mainus. delinavit. Juan de Noort. sculp’; engraved portrait following ¶2 signed ‘fr Joanis Baptista Mainus. delinavit. D.a M.a Euge.a de Beer. sculp.’.
Condition: 345 x 240mm. First and last leaves dog-eared.
Binding: Contemporary limp vellum. Worn, the bookblock was detached and has now been re-laced into the cover and a tear in the spine repaired.
Provenance: 1. ‘di D. ian. xa{} Madũgal’, early signature on half-title; 2. contemporary or early extensive annotation throughout on more than half the pages; 3. Biblioteca Daniel Devoto and Mariquilla del Valle-Inclan, stamp on verso of rear free endleaf. Daniel Devoto (1916–2001) folklorist, musicologist and medievalist, born in Buenos Aires).
First edition.
£3,000

A massive encyclopaedia of medical, moral, civic and religious authority for personal conduct at every age of life. In the readings for age three, for example, don Diego lays out the obligations of the mother to nurse the child through his third year, and the various situations in which this may be difficult, such as poverty, lack of milk or divorce. In one section he gives authorities for the view that a mother who doesn’t nurse her child through its third year commits a venial sin; in another, more mildly, Matrem nobilitatis praetextu a lactatione excusari, quidam male putant, “Some think badly of excusing the mother from nursing [her child] under the pretext of nobility.”
This copy is heavily annotated with additional authorities, cited with bibliographical precision.Like the printed text, they are mostly in Latin with a few in Spanish.
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