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24 April 2001
[LUCCA]. Gli statuti della citta di Lucca nuovamenti corretti, et con molta diligentia stampati. Lucca: Giovanni Battista Phaello, 26 August 1539.
2o (295 x 186 mm.) Collation: A6 (title-page, A gli lettori, Proemio, blank) B-Z, AA-ZZ6 AAA8 BBB-FFF6 GGG8 HHH, III6 KKK6+1 LLL6 (text, Errori scorsi, Registro). With a duplicate copy of the first gathering. Woodcut title border, numerous woodcut initials. (A few marginal repairs, some occasional soiling, but generally clean.) Contemporary vellum from a large leaf of a late 12th century Latin Bible (erased on one side) and from smaller fragments in Caroline miniscule (ca. 11th-early 12th century), 14th century Italian endpapers with bow and arrow watermark, remains of ties (some wear and soiling). Provenance: Contemporary titling on front cover; contemporary notes on terminal blank.
FIRST VERNACULAR EDITION OF THE STATUTES OF LUCCA IN THE VERNACULAR, and one of a very few books published in Lucca to this date. Giovanni Battista Phaello was a Bolognese printer whom the city commissioned to produce this edition, along with an edition in Latin (reprinting the edition of 1490), published the same year. Of the two this Italian edition is the scarcer. Adams L-1594; BM/STC Italian, p.395. A FINE COPY.
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