A Rare Collection of Seventeenth-Century Papal Bulls [Canon Law]. [Gregory XV (1554-1623), Pope]. [Urban VIII (1568-1644), Pope]. Bullae et Decreta Recentiora. [N.p.: S.n., c. 1628]. [viii], 298 pp. Quarto (8" x 6"). Contemporary limp vellum, early hand-lettered title and shelf number to spine, ties lacking. Moderate rubbing to extremities, chipping to center and foot of spine, corners bumped and lightly worn, hinges partially cracked, vellum just beginning to crack through pastedowns, a few partial cracks to text block. Moderate toning to text, somewhat darker in places, dampspotting in a few places, staining to some leaves. Early owner inscription (of a Jesuit library) to title page, a few brief annotations to text, interior otherwise clean. $1,500. * With index. Arranged chronologically, this volume contains papal bulls and related documents from the pontificates of Popes Gregory XV and Urban VIII issued between 1621-1628. They offer an interesting perspective on the Church and Papal States at an important point in its history. (The expansion of political territory and church missions are two highlights from this period.) Analogous in organization to volumes of session laws, collections of papal bulls were issued sporadically from the fifteenth century onward. All are scarce today. OCLC locates 5 examples in North America, all from the seventeenth century, two in law schools (Harvard, UC-Berkeley). None are identical to our copy. Not in the British Museum Catalogue or Ferreira-Ibarra.
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