Interesting Seventeenth-Century Treatise on Laws Concerning Clothing Monaco (Monachus), Antonio. Tractatus de Executione in Vestibus. Cui Iterata hac Editione Varia de re Vestiaria Accessit Disquisitio, Omni Hominum Generi Profutura. Cum Tribus Indicibus Summorum Capitum: Versarum Italice Dictionum: & Materiarum, Locupletissimis. Bologna: Apud Victorium Benatium, 1621. [xvi], 362,  pp. Quarto (8-1/2" x 6-1/4"). Contemporary flexible vellum, early hand-lettered title to spine, skillful vellum repairs to joints, fore-edge of front cover, foot of spine and bottom edges of rear cover, front free endpapers renewed. A few minor stains and spots to boards, vellum just beginning to crack through front pastedown. Title page printed in red and black. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining in a few places, light edgewear, dampstaining and early owner inscription to title page. $1,850. * Third edition. First published in 1619, Monaco's treatise on sumptuary law discusses, in detail, items of clothing and those who are entitled to wear them. Apparently a well-received book, it went through four editions, the last in 1626. It is an excellent guide to a curious legal mechanism used to police the appearance of the social ranks and, to some extent, morals. Among other rules, men are not allowed to wear a sword unless they are nobles, middle-class women are limited to a single necklace and all women are expected to dress modestly. All editions of this work are scarce. OCLC locates 8 copies of the third edition, 1 in North America (Harvard Law School). British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 17:797.
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