Statuta communis Veronae. Vicenza: Hermannus Liechtenstein for Antonio, Gerardo, Giovanni, Pietro, and Bartolomeo da Verona, 20 December 1475.
Median 2o (326 x 229 mm). Collation: A-D10 E-F8 G-H10 I8 K6; a-e10 f-g8 h-i10 k8 l6 (A1 blank, A2r proemium, dated "in cancellaria communis Veronae," 14 September 1450, A4v book I, E7v two rescripts of Doge Malipiero, dated 3 February 1457 and 28 March 1458, E8r book II; a1r book III De criminalibus causis, c3r additional (unnumbered) statutes [reformationes], dated 1458, 1468, 1469 and 1466, c7r Book IV, g7r Book V, l2r various privileges, l5v colophon, l6 blank). 190 leaves. 39-40 lines and headline (book numbers), section numbers printed in margins. Type: 2:114R. 9-, 8-, 7-, 4- and 3-line initial spaces. Unrubricated. Quire E misbound between quires I and K. (A few small wormholes, discreetly repaired hole in b7 affecting 2 letters, a few small marginal repairs or short tears, some marginal foxing, small stain to F3-5.) Green morocco gilt, gilt edges, by Leighton (a few small scratches).
Provenance: Sebastian de Gregorius, notary of S. Benedictus: contemporary inscriptions at beginning (washed) and at end (Iste liber statutorum communis Veronae est mei Sebastiani de gregorii notarius de S. Benedicto), marginal notes and a few corrections -- a few other early marginalia -- Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919): sale, Christie's, 18 March 1918, lot 469 (to Quaritch) -- The London Library: blindstamps and cancelled inkstamp; sale, Sotheby's, 14 June 1966, lot 23 -- Eric Sexton (1902-1980): bookplate; sale, Christie's New York, 8 April 1981, lot 202 (to Lathrop Harper).
FIRST EDITION. The prologue contains a historical sketch of the city, an enumeration of her most important monuments, and a panegyric on her beauties and the rectitude of her citizens. Hermannus Liechtenstein, a native of Cologne, who learned printing in Venice, maintained his links with the Venetian book trade after setting up the second press at Vicenza (1475-80), moving subsequently to Treviso (1474-78). After returning to Venice in 1482, he worked as agent for the powerful publishing syndicate of Johannes de Colonia and Jenson (Scholderer, Fifty Essays, p.119), and continued printing until his death in 1494, producing over 20 substantial editions of theological and philosophical works. This edition of the statutes of Verona, commissioned by the five brothers named in the colophon as citizens of that city, was the fourth and most important of the dozen books issued from Liechtenstein's Vicenza press.
A LARGE COPY. HC 10000; MC VII, 1036 (IB. 31754); CIBN S-412; Harvard/Walsh 3492; IGI 10247; Goff S-726.