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.

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