1778-79, Christian Institutes of Antiquity (in Latin), Antiquitatum Christianarum Institutiones, Giulio Lorenzo Selvaggio


A handsome six volume set of Antiquitatum Christianarum Institutiones. With green leather and gilt spines, interesting marbled papers and vintage institutional markings (from a now defunct seminary), these are handsome 18th century books worthy of adding to a library.

About the Author

Giulio Lorenzo Selvaggio (1728-1772) was a canonist and archaeologist. He entered the seminary of Naples in 1744, and was ordained priest in 1752. He subsequently devoted himself to the study of history, philosophy, and the Oriental languages. He became censor of books and synodal examiner for the archdiocese of Naples, and wrote the notes for the Italian edition of the ecclesiastical history of the Lutheran historian, Johann Lorenz Mosheim. Appointed professor of canon law in 1764, he published Institutionum canonicarum libri tres (Padua, 1770) and conferences in civil law, interesting from the standpoint of contemporary Neapolitan law. Thomas Maria Mamachi's work on Christian antiquities being unfinished, Selvaggio resolved to deal with the same subject in a smaller work, but he died before finishing it. His friend, Canon Kalephati, continued the publication.

Physical Attributes

Each book measures roughly 18 x 11 x 2.5 cm. Set is about 17 cm wide. Leather spine with hardcover boards covered in marbled paper.


See pictures. Ex library with all associated shelf wear, title page stamps, call numbers, etc..Library cards inside rear cover. Occasional spot, toned page, dog ear and etc..

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