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Donati (a.k,a., Donato), Girolamo.  Hieronymi Donati Epistola ad Oliuerium Cardinalem Neapolitanu[m] ... [colophon: Rome: In aedibvs F. Minitii Calvi, 1525 (mense Ianuario]. Small 4to (18.8cm, 7.375’’). [8] ff.
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First edition of this important theological essay on papal supremacy published in the wake of the Reformation and not long after the Fifth Lateran Council. Girolamo Donati (or Donato, 1454–1511) was an Italian theologian, magistrate, and Venetian legate to Pope Julius II — a friend of Politian and Ermolao Barbaro. This letter, undated and published posthumously by his son, was probably composed in the 1480s–90s, when its addressee, Cardinal Oliviero Carafa (1430–1511), was among the plausible candidates for papacy. It argues for papal primacy, or the superiority of the Bishop of Rome over other bishops, as based on Petrine primacy, or the superiority of Peter over the other Apostles. St. Peter was "the rock on which the Church was built" and the ultimate source of papal authority.
        Provenance: Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
        WorldCat locates only four U.S. libraries (Yale, Harvard, UNorthCarolina, USouthernCal) reporting ownership.

EDIT16 CNCE 17628; Index Aurel. 157.997. Modern wrappers; all edges red. Text is clean, save minimal slight foxing to upper margin.  (40806)   Please RESHELVE This.


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