A Rare Legal Handbook for French Priests Borjon De Scellery, Pierre [1633-1691]. Decisons Des Matieres Qui Regardent Les Curez. Avec les Arrests du Conseil, Des Parlements, & Autres Cours Superieurs, Donnez en Consequence, Utiles & Necessaires Ausdits Curez. Rouen: Chez Pierre de la Motte, 1694. [ii], 3-82,  pp. Final page blank. 12mo. (5-1/4" x 3"). Contemporary limp vellum, recent black-stamped title to spine. Light soiling, light rubbing to extremities, later owner bookplate to front pastedown. Light toning to text, early owner inscription to foot of title page. A nice copy of a rare title. $1,250. * First Rouen edition of this guide to the rights and duties of parish priests, compiled from decisions of parliament and the secular and ecclesiastical courts. Everything related to the role of the cure is included: where he can live, how much he can earn, his duties regarding marriages, baptisms, funerals and his everyday duties, as well as his relationship with secular authorities and diocesan hierarchy. We also find more arcane regulation, including a prohibition on the ringing of church bells after the death of a parishioner and the maintenance of the furniture in his house. A significant section deals with financial matters and the administration of benefices. Borjon de Scellery was the author of several legal works, and a number of poems, but is perhaps best known today as a writer on music, his Traite de la Musette (Lyon, 1672) was one of the most important works on the instrument. OCLC locates no copies of this edition, and records no copies of any edition outside of France. Not in Camus.
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