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Temptress



 


Tommaso Campeggi. De coelibatu sacerdotum non abrogando. Venice, 1554

This sixteenth-century tract concerning the celibacy of the clergy was given a most surprising twentieth-century update when its owner decided to decorate the binding with a renaissance lady shown fully dressed on the front cover and undressed on back cover. In a manuscript note, the owner explained that his intention was to show the priest tempted by dressed & undressed women.”

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