Dissertationes duae criticae-historicae. by MEZZADRI, Bernardino.

MEZZADRI, Bernardino.

Dissertationes duae criticae-historicae. Una de vigintiquinque annis Romanae Petri Cathedrae adversus utrumque pagium. Altera de actis SS. Martyrum Cosmae, et Damiani necnon de monumentis Basilicae ipsis in urbe erectae. Rome, Salomoni, 1750.

First edition. 4to (233 x 170 mm), pp. [xxiii], [3], 90, with two folding engraved plates representing interiors of Roman churches, woodcut initials and ornaments, first two leaves minimally toned, occasional very minor marginal spotting, bound in contemporary, probably Roman, crushed crimson morocco, bordered with gilt double fillet and gilt roll of palmettes to inner border, large cornerpieces with feather tools, acorns and fleurons, large centrepiece with the arms of the Altieri family, spine with raised bands, gilt in compartments, lettered in gilt, marbled edges, joints minimally worn at head and foot, pink pastedowns.

The dedication copy, beautifully bound for Prince Giovanni Battista, a member of the prominent Roman family of the Altieri, among whose members was Pope Clement X. The first of these two dissertations, written by the Franciscan Bernardino Mezzadri, discuss the history of the Church and defending it against the theories of the Jesuit, Franciscus Pagius. The second dissertation discusses the life, death and miracles of the martyrs Cosmas and Damian. A long section is devoted to the Roman basilica dedicated to them, details of which are illustrated in two handsome folding plates.

OCLC lists half a dozen copies in Continental Europe only.

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