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CLEMENT XIV, Pope (1705--1774)
[Lettres intéressantes du pape Clément XIV. 1776]
Lettres interessantes du pape Clément XIV, (Ganganelli); traduites de l'italien & du latin; seconde édition, exactement revue, corrigée, et augmentée de la traduction des passages latins, & d'une table alphabétique des matieres. Tome premier (second).
A Paris chez Lottin le jeune. A Lyon, chez Rosset, libraire. A Rouen, chez Bénitier, libraire, 1776.
2 vols ; 16.2 cm. (12º)
I: [4], xxviii, 453, [3] p., engr. frontis.
II: [4], vi, [2], 430, [2] p.

The first edition appeared earlier the same year. The genuineness of the collection has been questioned by various authorities (including Lowndes, Barbier, Vacant et Magenot, etc.), the authorship being attributed to the prolific French writer Louis-Antoine de Caraccioli, but with the exception of some of the letters, it is regarded as genuine by Alfred von Reumont in his Ganganelli, Papst Clemens XIV: seine Briefe und seine Zeit (Berlin 1847). Volume I has a publisher's advertisement on the verso of the half-title, and an explanation of the allegorical plate with advertisement for the present work 'deux vol. grand in-12' on the title-page verso signed by Lottin je in manuscript. In vol. II an errata sheet for the first volume follows the table of contents, and the final leaf [Nn4] is blank. A third volume was published in 1777.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on second front free-endpaper of vol. I: John Soane / 1803 and price 0/4/0. Various booksellers' inscriptions in pencil on both front free-endpapers. An inscription in ink on page 430 in vol. II gives Voltaire's satirical 'Epitaphe du pape Clément XIV' (1769): Cy git des vrais croyans le muphti / temeraire, / et de tous les bourbons lennemi declaré / de jesus sur la terre il s'est dit le vicaire / je le crois aujourdhuy mal avec son curé.

Binding C18th 'catspaw' mottled calf, blind-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 648


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