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Scherer, Georg.  Trattato del R. Padre Giorgio Scherer ... Nel quale con uerissime ragioni proua non esser vero, che già sia stato in Roma vna Donna Pontefice. In Venetia: Appresso i Gioliti, 1586. 8vo (16 cm; 6.375"). [6], 48, [2] pp.
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Short refutation making short work of the possibility that Pope Joan ever existed, here translated into Italian from German by Nicolo Pierio. A Jesuit priest and Austrian witch hunter responsible for the Plainacher Witch Affair of 1583 (which led to the only case of witch-burning in Vienna), Scherer (1540–1605) here "proves" there was never a female pope using various sources, including the Bible. It was clearly a popular text, as DeBacker-Sommervogel notes that there were three editions of this translation published in 1586 by three different printers, two in Venice and one in Milan.
        The title is printed within an illustrated woodcut border and the text offers illustrated initials plus head- and tailpieces.
        Provenance: Bookplate of Avvocato Bubani Francesco and a catalogue clipping (in Italian) on front pastedown.
        Of this edition we locate only five U.S. libraries and one Canadian one reporting ownership. One other U.S. library reports owning a different 1586 edition.

EDIT16 CNCE 27780; DeBacker-Sommervogel, VII, 749. Hunter green textured cloth, lightly rubbed and discolored; a few pinpricks and a very short tear to spine. All outer upper corners with waterstaining from two different incidents, two leaves with short tears, and a pinprick hole to one margin; provenance marking as above, two small inked notations on title-page margins, light pencilling on endpapers. => A fascinating subject covered by an interesting author.  (37158)   Please RESHELVE This.


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