Rare 1656 Proclamation of Taxes to Support Piacenza's Army [Broadside]. [Taxation]. [Italy]. Grida Sopra le Ultime Impositioni Fatte per Pagare la Soldatesca. Piacenza: Per li Stampatori Camerali, 1656. 20-1/2" x 15" broadside, printed on one side, text in two columns separated by vertical rule below headline and woodcut arms of Piacenza. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining in places, vertical and horizontal fold lines, a few chips and short tears to edges, paper repairs to edges and verso, minor loss to a few letters of text near center at intersection of fold line, faint bleed-through from inscription to verso. $650. * This proclamation introduced a new tax on chimneys and additional taxes on food and wine to support Piacenza's army. It was issued shortly after a major plague epidemic in Italy 1655-1656, which had strained a treasury already depleted by decades of economic stagnation. This broadside is rare; we were not able to locate another copy in the standard printed or online catalogues.
Book number 77451