Haec Homo, Wherein the Excellency of the Creation of Woman is described, By way of an Essay. William Austin.
Haec Homo, Wherein the Excellency of the Creation of Woman is described, By way of an Essay

Haec Homo, Wherein the Excellency of the Creation of Woman is described, By way of an Essay.

London: Printed by Richard Olton for Ralph Mabb, 1637.

First edition. [x], 189 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Contemporary calf, rebacked. Lacking portrait and engraved title, else internally fine. STC 974; ESTC S100237. Item #13356

Austin (1587-1634), a barrister of Lincoln's Inn was also author of Devotionis Avgvstininae Flamma, or, Certaine Devovt, Godly, and Learned Meditations, printed in the same year as this early work advocating legal and public liberties for women. His works were published posthumously, after his death at the age of forty-seven.
Haec Homo is said to have been inspired by Agrippa's "On the Nobility and Excellence of the Female Sex," and draws on scriptural and classical quotations.
No copy of the first edition has appeared at auction in the past 25 years. Scarce.

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