4to, ff. 61 (i.e. 64); collation A-Q, complete; woodcut initial on first leaf; some uniform browning, some creasing; bound in contemporary vellum; soiled and wrinkled, text block almost loose; contemporary ink marginalia, annotations to endpapers including dates 1600 and 1603; old ink stamp to front free endpaper.
US $645 €596
Added to your basket:
[Drop-head title:] Instrucion de la practica y estilo que deue tener una persona que quiere tratar en Espana de negocios, assi de Roma, como de los que se despachan en la Nunciatura, con las advertencias necessarias para el buen despacho dellos.
First and only edition of a very rare work of Canon law: a manual for curiales de Roma, officials charged with implementing Canon law in the Spanish provinces. The handbook first of all recommends the most financially convenient and effective ways of transferring payments to Rome and of maintaining trusted contacts and regular correspondence with both Madrid and Rome: both necessary conditions for effective governance. It then sets out the Canon regulations on benefices, including details on how to express their value in currency. Among other things it discusses the controversial subject of the coadjutoria, a sort of semi-pension given on grounds of ill health or old age; it gives a table with the costs for acquiring matrimonial dispensations under a variety of circumstances; it exemplifies cases of uncertain jurisdiction, and finally sets out the regulations on the ownership, use and disposal of ill-obtained goods – remarkably including libraries.
Only one other extant copy, at the BNE.
You may also be interested in...
THE RIGHTS OF MAN SPEDALIERI, Nicola.
De’ diritti dell’uomo libri VI …
First edition of Spedalieri’s treatise on the rights of man, an attempt to reconcile the principles of the Enlightenment underpinning the French Revolution with Christianity. For Spedalieri the rights of man lie in nature and in man’s natural desire to be happy. Rousseau’s contractual picture of society is also echoed in Spedalieri’s work. The legitimacy of the State is founded on the sovereignty of the people, who have the right to rebel against the prince, a mere delegate, when in breach of his pact. ‘Notwithstanding the hearty reception given to this work by Pius VI who said, “For a long while rulers have been asking quid est papa. Your book will teach them quid est populus”, a storm of criticism and refutation burst on the head of its author. Governments took notice of it and ... forbade its circulation’ (Catholic Encyclopedia).
FLOUNDERING [ROYAL FISHERY COMPANY.]
A Collection of Advertisements, Advices, and Directions, relating to the Royal Fishery within the British Seas, &c.
First edition. The Royal Fishery Company, incorporated in 1662, had great trouble finding subscribers. Initially, Charles II offered £9000 as an incentive to investors but on these only raising £3680 he withdrew his undertaking, instead allowing a lottery to aid the Company’s fortunes. After attempts in 1677 to capitalize the company, much of the property was sold in 1680. The complicated structures governing the company devolved onto 4 directors and 8 masters in 1692.