Rare Pope Benedict XIV Papal Manuscript; bound by the Vatican Bindery and signed by Cardinal Joseph ex Comitibus de Marsciano, Bishop of Orvieto, With Twelve illuminated vellum leaves
Pope Benedict XIV Papal Manuscript.
Benedict XIV, Pope.$8,800.00
Item Number: 103410
Rare Latin papal document from the first year of the papacy of Benedict XIV appointing Pietro Benedetti as an apostolic protonotary. Octavo, bound in full contemporary morocco by the Vatican Bindery with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, gilt papal and royal coats of arms to the front and rear panels within elaborate floral gilt ruling, marbled endpapers, ribbon bound in. Twelve illuminated vellum leaves with the entire text in script including the hand-painted coats of arms of Pope Benedict XIV and Cardinal Joseph ex Comitibus de Marsciano, Bishop of Orvieto. Signed by the Bishop at the conclusion of the document with a paper seal. In near fine condition condition. An exceptional rarity.
Pope Benedict XIV, born Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini, was head of the Catholic Church from 17 August 1740 to his death in 1758. Perhaps one of the best scholars to sit on the papal throne, yet often overlooked, he promoted scientific learning, the baroque arts, reinvigoration of Thomism, and the study of the human form. Firmly committed to carrying out the decrees of the Council of Trent and authentic Catholic teaching, Benedict removed changes previously made to the Breviary, sought peacefully to reverse growing secularism in European courts, invigorated ceremonies with great pomp, and throughout his life and his reign published numerous theological and ecclesiastical treatises.