Haedus, Petrus (1427-1504) Anterotica, sive De Amoris Generibus. Treviso: Gerardus de Lisa, de Flandria, 13 October 1492. Editio princeps and only incunabula edition of this title, quarto, a1r with title: De Amoris Generibus, with contemporary marginalia in different hands; bound in later full calf boards, rebacked, some marginal paper repairs along gutters, some slight water staining, generally good, with many deckle edges showing and marginalia untrimmed, purchased from William Allen, 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 in.
Little is known about Haedus, also known as Pietro Cavretto. He was a priest, and composed this work for his nephew, a college student in Padua. One may expect a Renaissance priest to avoid topics of love and sexuality. However, Haedus is not shy. His text takes the form of a dialogue, and in it, the author writes in praise of love, refuting counter arguments promoting the dangers of the passions. He goes on to discuss sexual attraction, marital relations, and behaviors related to affairs of the heart. Contemporary jewelry and hairstyles are also discussed, of great interest today. The content of the marginalia should shed light on a contemporary reader's perspective.
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