C.1490 Venice Printing of a Renowned Guide to Drafting Wills and Contracts Passaggeri, Rolandino de' [d. 1300]. [Unzola, Pietro Da (d. 1312)], Additions. Flos Testamentorum cum Additionibus Petri de Unzola. [Venice: S.n., c.1490]. 46 ff. Collation: [*2], a-f8.4, g8. Quarto (8" x 6-3/4"; 20.3 x 17.2 cm). Later three-quarter sheep over marbled boards, raised bands and gilt title to spine, endpapers added. Moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, joints starting, small wormhole to rear joint, two later annotations in small hands (most likely shelf numbers), bookplate residue and tiny worm hole to front pastedown. 42-line single-column text, guide spaces blank. Moderate toning, somewhat heavy in places, careful repairs to margins of several leaves, light foxing in a few places. An attractive, wide-margined copy of a rare imprint. $16,500. * Passageri was a notary, government official and professor of rhetoric in Bologna. First published in 1482, Flos Testamentorum is a guide to drafting wills and contracts. It was derived from Passageri's Summa Artis Notariae, also printed in 1482, with rewritten sections and additional material by Pietro da Unzola. Recognized immediately as a useful work, it went through four editions before 1500 and several editions and adaptations during the sixteenth century. The Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue locates 11 copies (2 of them incomplete), 1 in North America (UCLA). Not in Goff. Indice Generale degli Incunaboli delle Biblioteche d'Italia 7240 (source of approximate date of 1490). Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue ir00243500. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke M38628.
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