PIOUS PAWNING

Constituciones del Real Monte de Piedad, que baxo la proteccion de su Majestad Catholica ha erigido en la ciudad de Barcelona …

Barcelona, Francisco Suriá, [1751].

Folio, pp. [4], 12; title within typographic border with woodcut royal arms at head, large woodcut of the Virgin Mary on verso, woodcut initials; neat paper repairs to inner upper margin of last leaf and to outer margin of title; in modern blue cloth with printed paper label to upper board.

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First edition, extremely rare, of the constitution of the first mons pietatis to be established in Barcelona, granted by Fernando VI on 28 January 1751.

First developed in late-medieval Italy, charitable montes pietatis (‘funds of piety’) offered low-interest credit against pawned goods, to keep those in need of short-term financial aid from turning to more exploitative lenders. The Real Monte de Piedad was the first to be established in Barcelona.

Not in Palau. OCLC finds one copy only, at Barcelona.

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