4to (274 x 199 mm.). Contemporary pagination: [ii], 169, , [12 blank]p. In a single easily legible hand.
Contemporary gilt marbled sheep, Greek key border, flat spine dyed green and gilt with diamonds and blooms, red edges, red silk marker.
The governing principles of the Mantua orphanage, established by the author in 1797 to train homeless boys for the mechanical trades. The directives codify daily activities — from workshops, prayer, personal hygiene, clothing and conversation to table manners, punishments (beating, a rope tied around the neck at meals…) and the near total ban of games. The final part treats staff, including janitors, porters, chef, sous-chef…. On the founder’s death, the enterprise became a boarding school. In good condition, engraved armorial bookplate of the Milanese Cavazzi della Somaglia family. the
¶See D’Arco’s Studi intorno al Municipio di Mantova VII: 137-38 and Gionta & Mainardi’s Il Fioretto delle cronache di Mantova 21 and Cesari’s Elogium Dominici Bellavitis Veronensis Sacerdotis.
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