Venice: Johannes de Colonia and Johannes Manthen, 1477.
8th Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003135
22 January 1477. 4to (218 x 162 mm). 152 unnumbered leaves, including initial and final blanks. Gothic type, double columns, 40 lines to a page. Rubricated initials in red and blue, and with 7-line decorated initial 'R' in blue with additional red penwork on a1r. Signatures: [1-4]8 b8 a-b10 c-d8 e10 f12 g-n10 o8. Bound in late 18th-century half calf, flat spine with gilt ruling and red and black morocco labels lettered in gilt, lower edge ink lettered (rubbing of spine and extremities, corners bumped and scuffed). Text generally crisp and clean, very light marginal soiling in places, a few small worm holes mostly to blank margins of first and final gatherings, occasional ink annotations and text markings in contemporary hand, page foliation added in pencil. Provenance: Georges Petit; monogram 'S.M.' to foot of spine and 'A.S.' on second flyleaf. A very fine, wide-margined copy. ----
Eighth edition; the first was published in 1472. "A page-for-page reprint except for the table, of the edition of 1474 by the same printers" (BMC), of the major work of the Franciscan canon lawyer de Platea (d. 1460). His treatise is generally considered to be one of the earliest printed works on economics, although it also deals with matters of moral, legal and political import from accross Italy. In the section on excommunication, he details seven ways of falsifying papal documents, all of which, of course, would lead to excommunication. He also considers the moral standing of a person who has ordered a failed assassination and condemns inquisitors who extort money from suspected heretics. Hain and Proctor wrongly describe this book as a folio, and Reichling gives 154 leaves in error. The B.M. Cat. Inc. V, 227-228, gives a correct description. References: HCR 13040; BMC V, 227; ISTC ip00758000. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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