Statuta urbis Ferrariae nuper reformata. M.D.LXVII. (1567)


Tipografo: Franciscus Rubeus de Valentia (Francesco Rossi)

Dati tipografici: Ferrara, 1567

Formato: in folio


Folio (302x204 mm). [10], 307, [13] leaves. Collation: *46 A-Z6 AA-ZZ6 AAA-DDD6 EEE82*-**6. Colophon and register on l. **6r. Title page within an architectural woodcut border with the Ferrara and Este coats of arms, and the figures of Justice (at the top) and the Saints George and Maurelio (at the sides). Some elements of the border had already been used by Rossi in his 1534 edition of the Statuta, but there is considerable difference in execution. Woodcut  head- and tail-pieces, historiated and floral initials. Full-page woodcut medallion portrait (189x147 mm) of the printer Francesco Rossi on l. EEE8v. Printer's device on last leaf recto. Newly bound in full vellum over boards using part of the material of the original vellum binding, spine with five raised bands, inked title on lower edge. On title page ownership's inscription “Gio. Batta Petteghini”. Damp stains to the first leaves, some scattered foxing and browning, worm holes to the bottom margin of the last four leaves not affecting the text, all in all a very good, genuine copy with wide margins printed on thick paper.

THIRD REVISED EDITION of the ‘Statutes' of the city of Ferrara. The edition opens with a preface by Giovanni Battista Pigna and is divided into 12 books. The work significantly revises the previous versions of the local statutory laws, and is signed by a committee of local jurists listed on ll. *3v-4r. The statutes govern all aspects of civil and criminal law, from the buying and selling of goods and property to marriage, from testaments to criminal procedure.

The statutes of Ferrara were first published in 1476, then again by Francesco Rossi in 1534 (cf. F. Berlan, Bibliografia degli statuti municipali ed inediti di Ferrara, Rome, 1878, pp. 21-27).

The present edition contains one of the earliest portrait of a printer appeared in a book. Rossi proudly presents himself as “typographus”. “Rossi was near the end of a career as a printer at Ferrara that covered more than 50 years and certainly justified the use of his portrait in this volume” (Mortimer, I, 261).

Mortimer, no. 182; Adams, F-266; Fumagalli, Lexicon, p. 128, fig. 45 (portrait); L. Manzoni, Bibliografia degli statuti, ordini e leggi dei municipali italiani, Bologna, 1876, I.2, pp. 177-78; Edit 16, CNCE18777.