2-in-1, 1615 Concilii Tridentini Canones et Decreta, with 1614 Index Librorum Prohibitorum


1615 edition of the Canones et Decreta emanating from the Council of Trent. Also, at the rear, the printer included the 1614 banned books list of the Catholic Church, Index Librorum Prohibitorum, an infamous tool of the inquisition; while it is paginated separately, the signatures of the gatherings prove this to be printed along with the Council of Trent.

The Council of Trent convened from 1545 to 1563, prompted by the Protestant Reformation, it has been described as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation. The council issued condemnations of "heresies" committed by the proponents of Protestantism. But the Council also reformed the church, including its liturgy and laws.

Of note, the third council confirmed the Nicene Creed and it's here printed on p22 (rough translation in English, "I believe in God the Father, almighty maker of heaven and earth...").

In the eighteenth session the council created the commission to prepare the list of forbidden books, which is here printed at the rear of the work.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 14 x 8 x 5 cm. Vellum binding; name in old-hand on spine. Edges painted red.

Pages - (4 leaves), 474, vi-index, 136

Condition -

See pictures.Vellum binding with wear at edges, joints, a little waviness, some spotting and soiling; bands wearing through at joints. Ties expired, only stubs remain. No bottom endband. Edges painted red with some fading, darkening top-edge. Crash visible at hinge gutter front, repaired. Some rubbing to title page, which affects frame and printer's information; chip at edge, and stamp on back (verso). Occasional toning, foxing, dog-eared page, thumbing. Smudge on p53. Some chipping and darkening to last leaf; also some annotations on last leaf, in an old hand.

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