Napoli: Stamperia di Niccola Mosca (Volume I); Stamperia Del Fibreno, 1854. 1st. Original vellum. First Editions. SIGNED thrice by the Felice Torelli in Volume 2, Parts I & II and Volume III. 8vo. Volume I: viii, 511 pp; Volume 2: , 6-575,  pp; Volume 2, Part 2 and Volume 3: 10-571; viii, , 10-160 pp. Appendix; Index. Contemporary vellum bindings with gilt decoration to spine; gilt lettering on brown leather spine labels. Light wear to covers; slight warping to boards; minor chipping to spine labels; some internal foxing, a near fine set. In the Concordate of 1818 at Terracina, between Pius VII and King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies, stipulations were made for the exclusive establishment of Catholicism in this kingdom with Ferdinand maintaining his prerogative to choose the bishops. Other stipulations included the independence of the theological seminaries on the secular power; the free disposal of benefices to the value of 12,000 ducats, in Naples, in favour of Roman subjects; the reversion of the revenues of vacant places to the church; unlimited liberty of appeal to the papal chair; the abolition of the royal permission, formerly necessary for the pastoral letters of the bishops; the right of censorship over books; besides many other highly important privileges. The king obtained the right to tax the clergy and to reduce the number of the episcopal sees and monasteries, which existed before Murat's reign. The quiet possession of the estates of the church, which had been alienated, was also secured to the proprietors. (The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information - Volume 13). (Inventory #: 17348)
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