La felicità del matrimonio. Opera Morale, piacevole, e politica dell’ Abate N.N. I
[Campastri, Tomasso].

Milano: Nella Stamperia di Antonio Agnelli, 1760. First edition of a rare treatise on marriage by the Italian priest Tommaso Campastri (d. 1778), published eleven years before his more famous work, La Donna qual si Vorrebbe. Engraved frontisportrait, engraved vignette on title-page, woodcut headband, initial letter, and tail-pieces Covers a bit soiled, with minor stains, and vellum patch at foot of spine. A few small wormholes on binding near back joints.Back free endpaper detached, light worming at gutter margins of endpapers, extending to lower margin of last two leaves of text, but not touching text. Overall a very good, crisp copy. Contemporary stiff vellum with title and erroneous author ("Roberti") written in manuscript on spine. The name "Roberti" also appears in ink after "Abate N.N." on the title-page. Octavo. [14], 122 pp. (Item ID: 16235)


La felicità del matrimonio discusses the problems of choosing a wife based on physical beauty, the nature of women, and the inherent inequalities of the sexes, especially when there is a large different in age or education. He advises on how to deal with admirer's of one's wife, the reading of romances an novels, etc. Campastri alludes to a number of authors in this treatise, including Locke, Newton, Boccaccio, Pettrarch, Addison, Fontenelle, and Ben Jonson.

OCLC notes one copy only, at Goettingen Melzi I, p. 401.

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