4to., contemporary vellum binding with gilt-lettered red leather label to spine and embossed “Venetia 1670”, in black, to heel, and blind-embossed arms to boards, pp. , 256, including: title page, letter from the author to the senate of Messina, a letter to the reader, imprimatur, a sonnet to Messina by Simone Rao, Bishop of Patti, followed by the main text. Shelfwear, label very slightly chipped, some foxing to pages, mild waterstains to page edges; otherwise an excellent copy. A rare and important book on the history of Messina by historian Placido Caraffa. Text in Italian.
La chiave dell’Italia. Compendio historico Della Nobile, ed Esemplare Citta di Messina. Dal principio della sua fondatione, che fu l’anni del Mondo 1974. sino all’ anni di Christo 1670. Dedicato all’Illustrissimo Senato Mamertino dal Dotto D. Placido Caraffa.
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