London, South Kensington
23 March 2005
SAVOY, Statutes of. [Statuta Sabaudiae]. [Turin: Bernardino de Silva, 27 September 1530]. 2° (284 x 197mm). Large woodcut arms of Savoy on recto of first leaf, a few woodcut initials (intermittent worming in the inner margins with occasional loss of text, ownership inscription excised from head of first leaf, some browning, spotting and waterstaining, a few holes in first leaf slightly affecting the woodcut). Contemporary vellum (lacks a part of lower cover, stained, lacks ties). Provenance: a few contemporary marginalia; monastic purchase inscription under woodcut arms (dated 5 May 1548, heavily inked over). A late but uncommon edition of the Statutes of Savoy, printed by Bernardino de Silva whose works are 'divenute oggi assai rare', Ascarelli-Menato, p.215. Bersano-Begey 506; Censimento CNCE 31502; Sander 6649.
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