Controversial Book on Catholic Divorce and Annulment Clemens, Jacques. Traite du Pouvoir Irrefragable et Inebranlable de l'Eglise sur le Mariage des Catholiques: Contre le Livre qui a pour Titre Examen de Deux Questions Importantes sur le Mariage Imprime sans nom d'Autor, l'An M.D.CC.LIII. Liege: Chez Clement Plomteux, 1768. xii, , 368 pp. Quarto (10-1/4" x 8"). Later quarter pebbled cloth over marbled boards, gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed. Some rubbing to extremities, minor wear to head of spine, front joint partially cracked. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places. Foxing to title page and a few other leaves. $1,500. * Only edition. A study criticizing divorce and annulment under canon law. As its title indicates, it takes up the "two questions" in Examen de Deux Questions Importantes sur le Mariage. Comment la Puissance Civile Peut-Elle Declarer des Mariages Nuls, Sans Entreprendre sur les Droits de la Puissance Ecclesiastique? Quelle est en Consequence, l'etendue du Pouvoir des Souverains sur les Empechemens Dirimans le Mariage, a work published anonymously by Pierre Le Ridant in 1753. Ridant's work defends the supremacy of canon law and Church authority, Clemens's work argues for the supremacy of local law and sovereigns. A controversial publication, it was banned by Maria Theresa, Empress of the Austrian Empire, which then included Liege (as part of the Austrian Netherlands). Possession of this book would result in a fine of 300 florins. A high-quality facsimile of this edict is laid into our copy. OCLC locates 2 copies in North America (UC-Berkeley Law School, University of Pennsylvania). De Theux, Bibliographie Liegeoise 611-612.
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