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Catholic Church (Council of Trent). Canones et decreta sacrosancti oecumenici et genelalis Concilii Tridentini. Sub Paulo III, Iulio III, Pio IIII. pont. max. Dillingen: Sebald Mayer, 1565. 8vo (15.8 cm, 6.22"). 274, , 40 ff. $1,500.00
The Church responds to the Reformation with this set of decrees from the Council of Trent, a landmark of Catholic history providing important clarification and reform of many of the doctrines contested by Protestants. => The doctrinal statements are accompanied by the Index librorum prohibitorum, a list of banned books and authors. This is the third German appearance and the second, corrected Mayer issue, following his printing of the previous year; the text is nicely printed, with decorative capitals. These Dillingen printings are even less commonly seen than the early Roman editions: a search of WorldCat finds only nine U.S. institutional holdings of this 1565 edition, none west of Chicago.
Binding: Contemporary limp vellum with yapp edges, spine with hand-inked title and large shelving case-letter, original ties partially intact and all edges blue.
Evidence of Readership: Early inked annotations in Latin, ranging from the simple addition of a date to commentaries of several lines.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with one shelving label and one decorative bookplate, both of Dr. Joachim Haas; the ex libris reflecting Haas's status as a lawyer.
Adams C2804; VD16 K 2038. Index librorum: VD16 K 180. Bound as above with vellum darkened and dust-soiled; limited areas of insect damage not affecting structure, this also to rear pastedown and endpaper; all points of tie attachment reinforced from inside covers. Bookplates as above; title-page with several early inked inscriptions; annotations as above and occasional small marks of emphasis. Some sections with water- or dampstaining ranging from faint to barely moderate (never worse); one decorative capital "V" partially obscured with a neat ink spot (seemingly deliberately and with slight bleed-through to subsequent leaves); pages generally clean. => A solid, attractive copy of this early German appearance of an important text, in a contemporary binding and with intriguing marginalia. (41651) Please RESHELVE This.
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