The "Reformed" Genoa Statutes of 1616 Genoa (Republic of). Genuensis Reipublicae Leges Anni MCLXXVI. Cum Declarationibus, Additionibus, Et Reformationibus ab Eo Anno in MDCXVI. Factis, Sub Suis Capitibus Relatis, Ex S.C. Noviter Impressae. Cum Indice, Et Privilegio. Genoa: Apud Iosephum Pavonem, 1617. [iv], 164, 10,  pp. Final two sections, the index (12 pp.) and a collection of additional acts (10 pp.), bound in reverse order. Folio (11-1/2" x 7-3/4"). Contemporary vellum, raised bands to spine, speckled edges. Some staining to boards, corners bumped and somewhat worn, spine mostly perished, boards partially detached but secure, small section of vellum lacking from rear board, two later owner bookplates to front pastedown, front free endpaper partially detached. Large copperplate arms of Genoa to title page. Light toning, occasional light foxing, minor worming and edgewear to pastedowns, endleaves, final page of text and title page, which has light soiling and a few minor stains. $850. * Only edition. Along with Venice, Pisa and Amalfi, Genoa was one of the maritime republics that dominated trade in the Mediterranean. In addition to Corsica, Sardinia and lands in Liguria and Piedmont, Genoa controlled colonies in the Middle East. A city-state with a long tradition of republican rule, it received a new constitution based on Roman models in 1528 under the leadership of Andrea Doria, the condottiero who restored Genoa's fortunes after nearly two centuries of decline. In the early 1600s Genoa was prosperous and forward-looking, traits reflected in the "reformed" statutes of 1616. By 1707, however, Genoa had lost much of its wealth and power due to the shift in the world economy from the Mediterranean world to the Americas. OCLC locates 11 copies, none in North America. (We located a copy, however, at Yale Law School). British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 10:309.
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