Primary Source on Production and Trade with Territorial Growing Claims (c.1752 - 1777)

1752 Archive - Tobacco

Tobacco Cultivation in Italian Monasteries

Date: c.1752 - 1777

Palermo, Sicily, Naples, 1752-1777. Archive of 47 manuscript documents, pertaining to production and trade of tobacco, sometimes herein referred to as "holy grass" in which are revealed specific practices and regulations including contraband, cultivation undertaken by monasteries, leases, and disputes. Mostly penned in 1776-1777, all text is penned in Latin, Italian or Spanish, approximately 190 pages combined, written in various neat 18th century clerical hands. Laid paper, some with exquisite watermarks, some with paper seals, one with original silk band. A contemporary keeper of the documents, possibly a government clerk, numbered the first 40 in manuscript. Documents range in pagination and in size, the smallest measuring approximately 24 x 17 cm, and the largest approximately 37,5 x 24,5 cm. Contained in a recent purpose-made compartmentalized clamshell box, blue cloth boards, label to spine, measuring 26 x 39 x 5 cm. A unique and valuable primary source. An important primary source for the history of the production and trade of tobacco, this is an exceptionally informative archive comprising forty-four documents on the practices, disputes and regulations for the cultivation of tobacco. Several documents bear the original signature of officials in charge of tendering and approving contracts, and of senior members of monasteries in Palermo, Cefal├╣, Alcamo, Trapani and other parts of Sicily.

The lot in very good condition


Offered by Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts