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Histoire du Concile de Trente

de Fra Paolo Sarpio

Traduite par le Sieur de la Mothe-Josseval

Avec des Remarques Historiques, Politiques & Morales

1683 - Amsterdam - G. P. & J. Blaeu

10" x 8", [42], 798, [48]

 

DETAILS

A great early edition of this very important work. Very scarce.

Leatherbound volume with gilt detailing to the spine, and marble paper pastedowns.

Paolo Sarpi (August 14, 1552 January 15, 1623) was an Italian patriot, scholar, scientist and church reformer. His most important roles were as a canon lawyer and historian active on behalf of the Venetian Republic.

In 1619 his chief literary work Istoria del Concilio Tridentino (History of the Council of Trent), was printed at London. It appeared under the name of Pietro Soave Polano, an anagram of Paolo Sarpi Veneto (plus o). The editor, Marco Antonio de Dominis, did some work on polishing the text. He has been accused of falsifying it,, but a comparison with a manuscript corrected by Sarpi himself shows that the alterations are unimportant. Translations into other languages followed: there were the English translation by Nathaniel Brent and a Latin edition in 1620, and French and German editions.

Its emphasis was on the role of the Papal Curia, and its slant on the Curia hostile. This was unofficial history, rather than a commission, and treated ecclesiastical history as politics.[5] This attitude, "bitterly realistic" for John Hale, was coupled with a criticism, that the Tridentine settlement was not concilatory but designed for further conflict.

This book, together with the later rival and apologetic history by Cardinal Pallavicini, was criticized by Leopold von Ranke (History of the Popes), who examined the use they have respectively made of their manuscript materials. The result was not highly favourable to either: without deliberate falsification, both coloured and suppressed. They write as advocates rather than historians. Ranke rated the literary qualities of Sarpi's work very highly. Sarpi never acknowledged his authorship, and baffled all the efforts of Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Cond to extract the secret from him.

CONDITION

The binding is tight and firm, although the front board is detached and present. There is some wear to the extremities including bumping to the corners, heavy rubbing to the leather with some loss to the corners and edges of the boards, and heavy rubbing to the spine, resulting in wear to the gilt detailing. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright with the occasional handling mark, odd spot, and water staining to the top right and corner of the majority of pages. There is an ink stain affecting the bottom righthand corners of pages 109-206. This does not affect the text. There is a rubber stamp print to the rear blank endpaper. Overall the volume is in good condition. The binding is probably only fair but is a rare survival and original.

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