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November 27, 2012

The Lover or Nuptial Love

Written by Robert Crofts to please himself. Published in 1638 in London. Sadly the book isn’t as saucy as the title may suggest but is a manual about getting on with your wife. The front cover features a William Marshall engraving of a high status couple, who presumably are happily married having followed the advice contained within. The man is dressed in a well-cut doublet and breeches with wide laced falling band, matching cuffs with a pair of soft boots and spurs. The wife in beribboned bodice and petticoat with a cutwork kerchief that doesn’t quite hide a glimpse of cleavage.