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Tractato nobilissimo della prudentia et iustitia

Illustrated by Unidentified artist, Italian, 16th century, Author Francesco degli Allegri (Italian, 16th century), Printer Melchiorre Sessa (Italian, active 1506–1549)

Place of Publication: Venice, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Essling 1609, Sander 233, Proctor/Isaac 13161


Overall: 21.1 x 15.8 x 1.3 cm (8 5/16 x 6 1/4 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 16 woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Venice: Melchiorre Sessa, 1508) Quarto; 20 leaves; gilt-stamped green morocco binding by Katharine Adams, initialled and dated 1903.

Selected illustrations: Prince seated between figures of Prudence and Justice (title page), allegorical figure of Prudence (fol. b1r), Figure of Justice (c2v), star with Justice and order of rulers (e1r)

Venice: Melchiorre Sessa, 1508


Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919); William H. Schab, NY, from whom purchased by MFA, November 14, 1946.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund