First Edition. hardcover. Engraved t.p., (lacks frontis. port. and 2 plates). 284pp. 4to, older calf, gilt spine; (dampstain to table of contents, some contemporary annotations in margins, back hinge starting at top, several pp. creased in lower corner). (Vinetia: Appresso Gratioso Percaccino, 1569).
"Colleoni was perhaps the most respectable of all the Italian condottieri...no act of treachery is imputed to him, nor did he subject the territories he passed through to the rapine and exactions practised by other soldiers of fortune." Ency. Britannica VI, p. 687. During his career he introduced the use of artillery to his armies. He fought mostly for Venice against Milan, but changed sides several times. In 1455, he became captain-general of the Venetian Republic. Adams S1601. STC Books printed in Italy...Brit. Museum, p. 637.