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(Neo-Latin Facetiae).  Nugae venales, sive thesaurus ridendi & jocandi. Ad gravissimos severissimosque viros, patres melancholicorum conscriptos. [Amsterdam?]: "Prostant apud Neminem", 1648. 12mo (13.4 cm, 5.27"). Frontis., [4], 252, [14 (index)], [2 (blank)], 71, [1] pp.
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[with separate title-page] Stymmelius, Christoph. Studentes sive comoedia de vitâ studiosorum. Alentopholi: In Aedibus Iberiorici Nobilimi, 1647. 12mo. [88] pp. [and] Senatus et consultatio sacerdotum quorundam super mandato praesulis facto, ut concubinas habitas abigant & posthac nullas alant. [Amsterdam: 1648?]. 12mo. [8] pp.
        This compendium of witticisms, jests, and comedy opens with a copper-engraved frontispiece of a jovial drunkard and a first title-page bearing a woodcut of a peddler and his dog. The first part offers a collection of ironic questions and answers on satirical topics, often concerned with women — e.g., what is a liberal woman? — as well as with curiosities (e.g., why are Ethiopians black? is begging preferable to wealth? {‘it is’}). There follow essays on assorted topics, including pseudo-medicine ("Quid sit medicina culinaris?"); the Pugna porcorum — this Battle of the Pigs being => a satirical poem written solely and perhaps preposterously with words beginning with P; while the Crepundia poetica is a collection of short poems on sundry subjects from doctors to astrologers.
        The Nugae venales first appeared in 1632, with subsequent publications making use of various combinations of sections. => This early edition adds a comedy about university life, Studentes sive comoedia de vitâ studiosorum, and a satirical poem on the clergy.
        Provenance: Front fly-leaf with pencilled inscription of E. Kijper, noting purchase price of "IV florines" in 1920.

Brunet, IV, 136-137; Graesse, IV, 701; VD17 23:629766P. Contemporary vellum with yapp edges, spine with hand-inked title and date; light dust-soiling overall, with spine and edges darkened, vellum just starting to chip at back joint. Front pastedown and fly-leaf with later pencilled annotations. Studentes bound out of order with title-page and prologue towards the end; a helpful hand has tried to make sense of the situation by adding page numerals. One leaf with short tear from outer margin, touching a few words without loss; one short wormtrack touches two lines on each side of one leaf. Pages age-toned, otherwise clean. => A solid, interesting example of this popular work in an early stage of its evolution.  (41618)   Please RESHELVE This.


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