Milano: Co' Tipi di Giuseppe Chuisi and Co' Tipi di Luigi Nervetti, 1844. Two volumes in one. 8vo. 225 x 150 mm. (9 x 6 inches). cii,  pp.; 128, 2, 100 pp. Frontispiece vignette of the three Verri Bros. by Bridi after a design by Focosi. Contemporary decorated paper wrappers, some minor tears to edges; some minor foxing throughout. Book plate of Baron Horace de Landau on front pastedown and stamp of Gustavo Camillo Galletti on the title-page.
The first volume is a long essay on bibliography by the Milanese bookseller and publishers whose career spanned the middle years of the 19th century. The work begins with an essay on the origins of printing, followed by an essay on the art of bookselling, the art of cataloguing, works describing anonymous publications, a list of bibliographical works useful to the book trade, a discussion of rare, precious, and luxurious books with examples, roman numerals, abbreviations used by printers and booksellers, a history of bookbinding and some discussion of the techniques of the art, geographical place names in Latin and Italian, pirated books, closing with an index.
The second title is a catalogue of Italian, Latin and French books for sale. The catalogue is arranged alphabetically, and each item is priced. Item #81