PILATI, Carlo Antonio (1733-1802) - Di una riforma d'Italia ossia dei mezzi di riformare i piu cattivi costumi, e le piu perniciose leggi d'Italia. Villafranca: [s.e.], 1767. First edition, no copy is recorded at auction (RBH), of this essay on Italy's underdevelopment. The author argues that the first reason is the oppression and interferences of the secular Church. The argumentation, fuelled with a strong anticlericarism, is clear and comes to conclusions accepted also by modern storiography. 8vo (174 x 125mm). Uncut (coming loose). Contemporary boards with manuscript title on spine (tear on spine, light soiled).