1795 · [Rome]
Second, enlarged edition of this defense of the Roman Inquisition and its methods — including corporeal punishment. The author (ca. 1730–1814), a Dominican inquisitor, served as General Commissioner of the Holy Office from 1789 through 1792 before becoming Master of the Holy Palace. Collected here are his letters responding to the ever-increasing opposition to the Inquisition and to the rising anti-clerical sentiments of the French Revolution; while the first edition of 1789 contained 28 letters in two books, => this textually and physically expanded second edition offers 41 letters, gathered into one larger volume. Cernitori apologetically claims that "eran necessarie queste lettere per abbattere la baldanza di tanti miscredenti, i quali non possono non odiare un Tribunale, benche Santissimo, ma troppo avverso ai loro errori, e alla impudenza, con cui li vorrebbono almen tollerati," although obviously history has not taken Pani's side.
A search of WorldCat finds only three U.S. institutions reporting ownership of physical copies (Catholic University of America, Hebrew Union, Newberry).
Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Cernitori, Biblioteca polemica, pp. 119/20; Melzi, Dizionario di opere anonime e pseudonime, II, p. 387 (erroneously claiming 1793 for the second ed.); Vekene, Bibliotheca bibliographica historiae sanctae inquisitionis, 5011. Contemporary vellum, spine with gilt-stamped title and compartment decorations; binding sprung, headband partially separated, the whole yet very solid. Minor cockling and scattered spots of faint foxing, pages overall presenting very clean and crisp, with all edges stained red. => A nice book. (Inventory #: 40054)