by POLE, Reginald (1500-1558); Angelo Maria QUIRINI (1680-1755); Johann Georg SCHELHORN (1694-1773); Dominicus URSINUS.
Brescia, Italy:: Joannes-Maria Rizzardi, 1744-1757.. � Five volumes. 4to. [viii], civ, 503, ; [viii], 44, ccxciv, , 240; [viii], 88, cccxxxiv, , 119, ; [x], c, 448; [x], xxiv, 404 pp. Vol. I engraved scene showing Pole and one other, Vol. II engraved portrait frontispiece of Pole (inserted), Vols. II, III & IV engraved headpiece depicting two angels, Vol. V engraved headpiece medallion portrait of Joannes Molino (d. 1773), some additional engraved head and tailpieces and woodcut initials, all vols. Contemporary full calf, 5 raised bands, gilt-stamped spines and red leather spine labels; worn especially at spines, Vols. I, II, IV front hinges cracked, Vols. I, III & IV mostly missing spines. Theological Institute of Connecticut blind-stamps to first and last few pages all vols. Internally very good. FIRST EDITION of this collected manuscripts of Pole by Cardinal Quirini, �the greatest editor of Pole�s manuscripts� (Mayer, p. 370). Includes letters in Latin and Italian to and/or from Pope Paul III, P. Bembus, G. Contarenus, J. Sadoletus, et al. Vol. 1-2 contain extensive prefatory matter (essays, documents, etc.) by J.G. Schelhorn, A. Farnese, et al. This work contains the first published appearance of Pole�s Apologia ad Carolum Quintum, which he penned in 1539 (Donaldson, p. 1). � �Quierini�s five volume Epistolarum Reginaldi Poli [libri] marked the greatest breakthrough in Pole scholarship before this century. Querini is a fascinating figure, Jansenist sympathizer, Vatican Librarian, indefatigable collector of materials and historian of the Cassinese Benedictines, founder of the imposing Biblioteca Quieriniana in his native Brescia. He was not an easy man to work with, as he drove even the most good-humoured of popes and his sometime patron Benedict XIV to admit. Nevertheless, Querini made good use of such auspices in assembling about 400 of Pole�s letters (less than 20 per cent of those now known), both Beccadelli�s and Dudic�s lives and a mass of other materials, as frequently as possible taken from manuscripts. These were often uncritically handled and the editing leaves a great deal to be desired, because of the incompetence of one of Querini�s principal amanuenses and deliberate expurgation or amelioration. The �diatribes� Querini added to the four volumes published during his lifetime constitute a detailed biography. Querini also set himself to write a formal life, but it amounted to only twelve folios plus a preface. Querini�s motive was polemical. His volumes were to defend Pole against Johann Georg Schelhorn�s aspersions, including the Vergerian implication that Pole was really a Protestant. Despite all his energy and erudition, Querini�s image of Pole came straight out of the sixteenth century� � Mayer, pp. 370-371. REFERENCES: � Brunet, IV:787; Donaldson, Peter S., Machiavelli and the Mystery of State, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1992; Gra?sse, V:393; Mayer, Thomas F., Reginald Pole: Prince and Prophet, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000. � EXTRA POSTAGE WILL APPLY. (Inventory #: LV2035)
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