Seventeenth-Century Italian Manuscript Formbook in a Wallet Binding [Manuscript]. [Italy]. [Formulary]. Italy, c. 1650. 250 ff., 18 ff. thumb-tabbed index, 25 blank leaves. Octavo (6" x 4-1/4"). Contemporary Italian tacketed wallet binding of limp vellum, remnants of thong-and-toggle fastener, untrimmed edges. Light soiling and shelfwear, "Formularium Instrorum" to front cover in later hand, along with lists of years 1801-1806 and some other, illegible marks, "1797" to head of spine, perhaps a self number. Light toning to interior, light soiling to a few leaves, text in neat legible hand. $7,500. * The front pastedown is signed "Advocado Jo: [Giovanni] Baptista Bonta," who was probably the compiler of this manuscript. It is a fine example of a mid-seventeenth century Italian formulary, a collection of sample legal forms. Its small format, wallet binding and index suggests it was a portable reference work.
Book number 72505