4to, pp. 54, ; roman and italic letter; large woodcut ornament to title page, animated woodcut initials, woodcut headpieces; a little light foxing, paper lightly toned throughout, two short worm trails to title far from text, minute marginal wormhole in first two quires; a good copy in contemporary stiff vellum, title lettered to spine, cover slightly wormed with small loss at head of spine; edges sprinkled red.
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De vicariis basilicarum urbis tractatus Canonico-Theologicus.
First edition, rare, of Andreucci’s treatise of the juridical and hierarchical prerogatives of the prelates of the basilicae. It was to be reprinted twenty years later as part of the author’s work on ecclesiastical hierarchies.
Only 2 copies found in American libraries: at Columbia and at the Catholic University.
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First edition. In two parts, the first of which sets out the basis of property taxation, while the second treats the collection and transmission of sums owing, this manual prints the legislation in force in the nearer Neapolitan part (always described as ‘This side of the Lighthouse’, whereas Sicily itself and parts of the Southern mainland were ‘The other side of the Lighthouse’) of the Kingdom of Naples and the Two Sicilies as of 1835.
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Authentick Coppie of the Tryal of Scot and Mackpherson Anno 1712. Laid before the House, pursuant to their Lordships’ Order for that Purpose, 18 Aprilis, 1737.
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