ca. 183144?] · [Rome?
Gregory XVI (pope, 1831–46) was a fervent ultramontanist and so sought to strengthen the papal prerogatives and powers, and through them the religious and political authority of his papacy. This manuscript on the => executive and investigative powers of the Church, a topic dear to his heart, dovetails nicely with ultramontanism and was dedicated to him. Signed by Tagliaferri at the end of the dedication, it is written in a single easy-to-read hand on a single stock of high quality wove paper with a watermark bearing the date of 1822.
=> An extended text apparently unpublished, at least separately.
Provenance: Gilt supra-libros of Pope Gregory XVI. Circa 1930 acquired by John Howell, bookseller in San Francisco, and added to his personal library (bookplate on front pastedown). He later sold it to the Pacific School of Religion (bookplate on front pastedown; stamps).
Binding: Full vellum over boards, round spine, no raised bands; spine richly gilt using a variety of tools. Papal coat of arms in the center of each board. All edges gilt. Binding as above, spine darkened as are the boards, front joint expertly repaired; gilt faded but still attractive and "legible." Small stamp on a blank page and another in upper margin of the first page of the dedication; charge pocket on rear pastedown. => An impressively bound copy of an interesting and very nicely produced manuscript. (Inventory #: 35975)