Manuscript on paper, leaves 154 x 102mm, ff. , then approximately 240 blanks, 5 further written leaves interspersed among them. Early red morocco elaborately gilt, boards bordered with a roll of fish-like figures within sprays, enclosing a frame with putti corner-pieces, within this an oval frame containing a medallion of Christ on the cross and the letters IHS on the front board, and a figure of the Madonna and Child on rear board, above and below the oval frame a flat-bottomed teardrop outlined in gilt containing the name ‘Pompeius de Blanchis’, spine gilt in compartments, edges gilt and gauffered. Foxed and spotted, the ink showing varying levels of bleed-through, a few spots of ink burn causing small holes in the paper. Some rubbing to gilt, joints repaired and darkened.
An elaborate near-contemporary binding on a manuscript record, in several hands, of a family's experiences in 17th-century Italy. The text begins with 10 leaves covering 1569 to 1610, then after a blank opening, a more thorough account of events in Rome in 1611 to 1617. Two blank leaves follow, then text, with occasional blanks interspersed, covering 1621 to 1671, followed by one leaf recording the death on 17 March 1737 of Maria de Rotis, the last of the family, and her burial in San Pietro in Montorio. A further four leaves with annotation are present amongst the remaining blanks, though in a hand closer to that of the earlier entries.