1839 Benedicti XIV Opus (Works). 14 books in 9 volumes, large set, handsome spines


The first 14 books (1-14) in 9 large volumes, of Pope Benedict XIV. One volume, containing books 15-17 is not present.

Volume seven contains a number of attractive plates (see pictures).

About the Benedict XIV

"Pope Benedict XIV (1675 – 3 May 1758), born Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini, served as the Pope of the Catholic Church from 17 August 1740 to his death in 1758. Perhaps one of the greatest scholars in Christendom, yet often overlooked, he promoted scientific learning, the baroque arts, reinvigoration of Thomism, and the study of the human form. Firmly established with great devotion and adherence to the Council of Trent and authentic Catholic teaching, Benedict removed changes previously made to the Breviary, sought peacefully to reverse growing secularism in certain European courts, invigorated ceremonies with great pomp, and throughout his life and his reign, published numerous theological treatises. In terms of the governance of the Papal States, he reduced taxation and also encouraged agriculture. He also supported free trade. A scholar, he laid the groundwork for the present Vatican Museum. Benedict XIV, to an extent can be considered a polymath due to his numerous studies of ancient literature, the publishing of ecclesiastical books and documents, the study of the human body, and his great devotion to art and theology. Horace Walpole described him as "a priest without insolence or interest, a prince without favorites, a pope without nephews." - Wikipedia

Provenance -

Church of St. Alphonsus, New Orleans - Ex-libris stamp on title pages.

Physical Attributes -

Boards measure 28 x 20 cm. Set is about 51 cm wide. 9 volumes containing 14 books. Leather spines with leatherette covered boards. Spines have four raised ribs, and author, title and volume # in gilt, with some blind tooling. The boards are bare leatherette.

Condition -

See pictures. Last volume, (books 15-17) not present. Some shelf wear, occasional chip at an edge. Occasional rub to board or spine. Bindings are handsome and strong. The stamp of the New Orleans St. Alphonsus Church is on each title page. There is foxing throughout, as is typical for 19th century paper. Three volumes, containing books four to eight, have a damp mark at the top right margin. In the middle volume it extends down to touch three lines of text in the middle of the book.

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