Crimes of Heresy-And Their Punishment Farinacci, Prospero [1554-1618]. Tractatus de Haeresi. In Quo per Quaestiones, Regulas, Ampliationes, & Limitationes. Quid a Iure Civili, & Canonico. Quid a Sacris Conciliis, Summorumq[ue] Pontificum Constitutionibus Statutum. Quid Verius, & Magis Communiter in hac Materia Receptum Sit. Et Quid Demum in Practica Servetur, Solito Authoris Ordine Explicatur. Cum Argumentis, Summariis, Et Indice Locupletissimo. Rome: Ex Typographia Andreae Phei, 1616. [xx], 686, ,  pp. Folio (13-1/2" x 9-1/2"). Contemporary vellum with early rebacking, raised bands and early hand-lettered title and shelf number (?) to spine. Light rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities with a few small chips to edges and considerable wear to corners, boards slightly bowed, joints starting at ends, rear pastedown detached and edgeworn, some edgewear to leaves at beginning and end of text block. Title page printed in red and black within copperplate architectural border. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, occasional faint dampstaining, light foxing and minor worming in places, faint vertical crease through title page. $2,500. * First edition as an independent work. This work on questions of heresy in civil and canon law appears to have drawn great interest since editions appeared the same year in Antwerp, Frankfurt and Douai. It also helped, as Schulte notes, that the author's "reputation as a criminalist was enormous." Farinacci begins by defining the act of heresy. He then proceeds to examine where it can be found and how it should be investigated. As indicated by several examples of schismatics, Farinacci was motivated in part by the Counter-Reformation. He also addresses heretical books (pp. 81-99) practitioners of magic, witches, on those who invoke and consorting with demons (pp. 99-155) and the apostasy of clerics. There is much on the power of the inquisition and the role the inquisitor in the investigation of charges of heresy, the use of excommunication and methods for investigating guilt, which has a detailed section on the use of torture (pp. 287-297). Schulte, Die Geschichte der Quellen und Literatur des Canonischen Rechts III:1, 462.
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