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24 April 2001
[AUSTRIA]. Constitutio criminalis Theresiana oder der Römisch Kaiserl. Majestät Mariä Theresiä peinliche Gerichtsordung. Vienna: Johann Thomas Edlen von Trattnern, 1769.
2o (405 x 262 mm). 30 engraved plates, some folding. Contemporary Austrian red morocco, sides finely gold-tooled to a rococco design with tools of floral swags, imperial arms blocked at center, spine gilt in seven compartments, black morocco lettering-piece in the second, gilt and gauffered edges (some worming to spine ends). Provenance: Princes of Liechtenstein (bookplate); [Christie's, London, 15 July, 1981, lot 327 (to Quaritch)].
LARGE PAPER COPY. The engravings depict instruments of torture scenes, with instructions for their use. Handsomely bound, no doubt in a Viennese shop. Lipperheide Pi 7.
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