Item #48 Alla Legge sulla Stampa per gli Stati Sardi. Pasquale Emilio Becchi.
Alla Legge sulla Stampa per gli Stati Sardi.
Alla Legge sulla Stampa per gli Stati Sardi.

Alla Legge sulla Stampa per gli Stati Sardi.

Genova: Tipografia della Gazzetta dei Tribunali, 1855. Item #48

8vo. 245 x 175 mm.; (9 ¾ x 6 ¾ inches).  Contemporary leather backed marbled paper boards, title-page creased, otherwise very good.

First edition, rare.  The first part of Becchi’s book opens with the transcription of 91 articles of law regulating the press, which were put into place in 1848 by Carlo Alberto of Savoy.  These laws represent the first time that regulations of the press were imposed across the Province of Savoy, which includes the Island of Sardinia. 

Part two examines each of the 91 articles and contrasts them with the existing Sardinian statutes, some of which are at odds with the new regulations.  Detailed descriptions include laws concerning offenses against the King, offenses against the legislature, laws regulating periodicals, laws governing engraving, lithography, and illustrations of any kind, and laws regulating printing houses in general.  Becchi’s work includes many interesting notes which attempt to clarify and challenge Sardinian legal positions.  Interesting insight into the laws concerning the press in the years just before the unification of Italy.  

Not in OCLC; only five copies cited in Italian libraries by ICCU.


Price: $750.00

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