1646 Study of Laws Concerning the Blind, Mute and Deaf Michalorius, Blasius (Micalori, Biagio). Tractatus de Coeco, Surdo et Muto. In Quo ipsorum Miseria, Quid Scire, Atque Addiscere Possint, Quos Contractus Celebrare, Num Magistratus Gerere, An in Ultimis Voluntatibus Disponere, Et Plura Alia Huiuscemodi Secundum Germanam Variarum Legum, Ac Imperatorum Constitutionum, Quae Adinuicem Pugnare Videntur, Intelligentiam, Subtiliter Discutiuntur. Venice: Apud Guerilios, 1646. [viii], 152,  pp. Main text in parallel columns. Quarto (8-1/4" x 6"). Contemporary quarter sheep over marbled boards, gilt fillets, ornaments and title to spine. Moderate rubbing with light wear to extremities, a few scuffs to front board, rear hinge starting. Large woodcut printer device to title page, woodcut head-pieces and decorated initials. Worming to preliminaries and first few text leaves, mostly in the margins but with minor loss a few letters. Small stain and early (institutional?) inkstamp to title page, interior clean and bright. $650. * First edition. One of the earliest works of its kind from the early modern era, this is a curious canon-law treatise concerning blind, mute and deaf people. It appears to have been a well-received work; other editions were published in 1667, 1681, 1709, 1710 and 1847. Michalorius was a canon lawyer and member of the Rota Romana. OCLC locates 9 copies in the United States, 2 in law schools (Yale and UC-Berkeley). British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 17:450.
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