PUTEO, Paris de; otherwise Paride del Pozzo.


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Venice: 1521 Stock Code: 139884
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Treatise on duelling for soldiers and princes

An elegant Italian edition of this important treatise on duelling laws and customs, printed in italic type in the humanist octavo format made popular by Aldus Manutius.

Paride del (or dal) Pozzo (1410-1493), called il Puteo, Latinized as Paris de Puteo, was a 15th-century Italian jurist. His treatise was first printed in Latin, then in Italian at Naples by Sixtus Riessinger, not before 1475. The two texts are rather different; the Italian, which omits some matter from the Latin but expands on others, appears to be an adaptation of the Latin directed at soldiers and princes rather than jurists. The Italian edition remained popular and was reset, with updated spelling and punctuation, and printed in Venice several times in the 16th century. This is the earliest such edition held in the British Library.

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Octavo (150 x 94 mm). Late 19th-century French black morocco by Petit, spine gilt-lettered direct, raised bands, double gilt rules, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, gilt edges over earlier marbling.


Woodcut title device depicting a pair of duellists in front of a panel of jurists, 10-line woodcut criblé opening initial, 4-line woodcut initials throughout. Complete with final blank [b8].


Slight fading to sides, internally clean and fresh, a fine copy.


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