Parma: Alberto Pazzoni e Paolo Monti, 1696. First Edition. A manual of letter-writing, illustrated throughout with examples chosen from the author's apparently very large oeuvre. The examples are on a variety of subjects, mainly chosen to illustrate the changes in tone and style of address to be used in addressing correspondents of varying stations. Fontana was of a prominent family of Parma and apparently wrote most of these letters while a resident in the estate of his patron, Count Alessandro Sanvitale. Rare; OCLC gives four locations, of which only one in the U.S. (Stanford). From the library of artists Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, with estate bookplate inside front cover. 12mo (16cm). Contemporary vellum over boards; inked spine title; , 406, pp. Chafing and perforation to vellum along front joint (but holding strong); pencilled note to rear endpapers; text fresh, tight and clean; Very Good.