NO RECORDED COPIES IN US

Notificatione delli capitoli, et conventioni…Intorno alli banditi, & condannati.

Bologna, Alessandro Benacci, [1586].

£1,800

FIRST EDITION. 4to. 4 unnumbered and unsigned leaves. Roman letter, little Italic. Woodcut arms of Cardinal Enrico Caetani to t-p, decorated headpiece and initials. Age browning, little faint dampstaining to upper outer corner, small tear with no loss to upper margin of t-p, tiny loss at lower gutter of last. A good copy in modern boards. Early numbers inked to upper margin of t-p.

A remarkably well-preserved and clean copy of this Bolognese edict—a rare survival of C16 legal ephemera—addressing a major issue of public order: the flight of bandits and prisoners sentenced to capital punishment. The outcome of negotiations between Alfonso, Duke of Ferrara, and Cardinal Caetani, emissary of the Pope in Bologna, the edict struck an agreement by which no bandits or fugitive prisoners sentenced to capital punishment should find a safe place either in the Bologna territory (within the Papal States) or in neighbouring Ferrara; if any such criminals were discovered in either territory in which they were not resident, they could be punished by proxy. No safe-conducts would be granted by either state and those already granted should be revoked.

Only five copies recorded. None in the US.

L2894

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