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Gualdo Priorato, Galeazzo: Trattato universale delle notizie dell' Imperio, sue leggi, e costituzioni, successioni de' principi, interessi di stato, leghe, paci, unioni, congressi, cessioni, capitolati, rinunzie, acquisti, privilegi, usurpazioni; con le relazioni di varie Corti, e Stati, descritto e dedicato alla serenissima,e potentissima Republica di Venetia [...] In Vienna, per Michele Thurnmayer 1674.

First edition of this study of the Holy Roman Empire, its government, its ruling houses, the powers of its Emperors and Electors, its counties, duchies and bishoprics. Subjects of legal discussion here include the imperial constitution, the rules of election, and the rights of princes. Besides being a writer, Gualdo Priorato (1606-1678) had a military career that took him to Flanders, Brazil, Morocco and Africa on behalf of the Dutch. He fought against Sweden for the Empire. He was a native of Verona, and dedicates the present work to the Republic of Venice.


Folio, pp. [8], 144, 138 [2]. With final blank. Title in red and black with engraved vignette, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials, text within frames. Some loosening to text block, some old strengthening to gutters, a still-attractive, and authentic copy, bound in contemporary quarter-vellum and carta rustica, remains of old paper label to spine (tear and minor worming to vellum). Contemporary or early inscription to title-page of a Dominican library of Padua, inscription to front pastedown of Leonardo Trissino 1840 (gift of Francesco Testa), contemporary or early MS marginalium to p. 51 (first register).

VD17 1:085905S. SBN: IT\ICCU\LO1E\019089.