1721 · Torino
Marking an evolution in 18th-century thought on public health, this treatise — written by a non-physician — covers approaches to physical, spiritual, and civic well-being in times of=> bubonic plague. A priest active in parish ministry, librarian to the Duke of Modena, and eminent scholar in many fields, the author (1672–1750) here addresses Italian law and politics regarding the handling of the disease, as well as the medical and religious procedures to be followed.
This is the uncommon => expanded third edition, following the first of 1710 and the second of 1714. While the printing is workmanlike, the text is ornamented with several large woodcut tailpieces and decorative capitals, and the title-page bears => the phoenix printer's vignette of Baptista Zappata.
Provenance: Front and back pastedowns with 19th-century inked name-doodling by Ruffane ("Ruffa") Louis Michele, one inscription dated 1813; blank page at end of dedication with early inked inscription noting presence at the library of the Cappuccini di Ceva convent, lower margins of two text pages with "De Capuccini di Ceva" inked in early hand; lower margin of one page with early inked inscription "Camillo da Andoino." Later from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Blake, NLM 18th Century, p. 316. Contemporary mottled sheep, spine with gilt-stamped leather label reading "MVR" and gilt-stamped decorations between raised bands; leather scuffed, front joint starting from head, spine with areas of insect damage, front board bent some time ago and now slightly sprung. Front free endpaper lacking; inscriptions as above, title-page with inked-over inscriptions. A few leaves with spots of light waterstaining to upper outer corners or outer margins. => A solid, very readable copy of this often-referenced work on public disease control, with interesting provenance. (Inventory #: 40682)