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The Life and Pontificate of Leo the Tenth

By William Roscoe

1805 - Liverpool - J. McCreery

11.5" by 10"; (xxxvii) 336pp., 96pp.; 332pp., 144pp.; 381pp., 120pp.; 346pp., 87pp., (xxix)

 

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The first edition of William Roscoe's history of the life of Pope Leo X.

Containing a letter from William Roscoe to 'My Dear Sir', concerning the recipient's 'improved edition of the Illustrations', and expressing Roscoe's gratitude for their friendship. The verso of the letter is addressed to, 'Doctor Farrier, Manchester'. This Doctor Farrier is Doctor John Farriar (sometimes Farrier), physician and poet, and discusses the second edition of Farriar's 'Illustrations of Sterne' published in 1812.

Illustrated with engraved frontispieces, and vignettes to each first page of a new chapter.

Bound without the half-titles.

Roscoe showed considerable moral courage as well as devotion to study. He had many friends. Posterity is not likely to endorse the verdict of Horace Walpole, who thought Roscoe the best of our historians, but his books on Lorenzo de' Medici and Pope Leo X remained important contributions to historical literature.

The Life and Pontificate of Leo the Tenth appeared in 1805, and was a natural sequel to his previous work of history. The new work, whilst it maintained its author's fame, did not meet with so favourable a reception as the Life of Lorenzo. It was frequently reprinted, and the insertion of the Italian translation in the Index Librorum Prohibitorum did not prevent its circulation even in the Papal States.

Including appendices to each volume, and an index to the rear of the last volume.

Complete in four volumes.

CONDITION

Rebacked in calf with the original diced gilt calf preserved. Externally, sound, though with some wear to the extremities, and marks to the boards. Some loss to the letter, not affecting the text. Internally, firmly bound. Hinges have been reinforced with cloth tape. Pages are bright, and quite clean, with just some scattered instances of foxing, as usual. Slight offsetting in places as well. Overall: VERY GOOD.

 


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