Statuti Et Ordinationi Dell’honoranda Compagnia De’ Fabbri Dell’inclita Città Di Bologna – 1579

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(Various Authors) – Statuti Et Ordinationi Dell’honoranda Compagnia De’ Fabbri Dell’inclita Città Di Bologna. Di nuovo riformati, & confirmati dall’illustre Reggimento di detta città – 1579. In Bologna, per Giovanni Rossi. Full rigid vellum, entirely covered with beautiful – leather style – paper, full of embossed decorations; quarto, 30,8 x 23,3 cm; pp. (2b) + 59 + (3) + (2b); binding with slight traces of use, almost all papers (with the exception of the first and last blank) reinforced at the inner margin, the first woodcut reinforced on the verso on all edges, slight blooms. Acephalous copy, the entire preface and the two woodcuts representing the Via Crucis and the Crucifixion of Christ are also missing. Two beautiful full-page woodcuts, in an architectural frame, both with a beautiful vignette relating to the shoeing of a horse and coats of arms of the city of Bologna, of Pope Gregory XIII and of the company of blacksmiths, woodcut headlines and initials. On the first endpaper, old bookstore label that indicates the volume as ‘very rare’. First, unique and in fact very rare edition of these statutes relating to the “Compagnia dei Fabbri della città di Bologna”, a consortium that was responsible for the continuous supply of coal for the city. The internal regulations to be followed for the members, the rules for elections and the functions of the council are dealt with and then move on to ‘technical’ addresses on shoeing, nailing, the type of metals to be used and on how to carry out trade in lawful way