L'Antico progetto di Borgo Fontana dai moderni Giansenisti continuato, e compito opera del signor abate D. Francesco Gusta in fine di cui si trova impressa la bolla pontificia, con la quale vien condannato il Sinodo Pistojese, tradotta in italiano idioma. Assisi, Ottavio Sgariglia, 1795.
First Edition. 8vo (182 x 125), pp. iv, 256, 227-306 (collates correctly), a little scattered foxing in the text, in contemporary decorated limp boards, with pink scrolls and flowers and green foliage, a little dusty and worn at extremities, the edges decorated with speckled grey, ‘Gusta’ written in manuscript on the spine, later shelf mark label to foot of spine.
An attractive copy of a scarce anti-Jansenist work by the Catalan Jesuit Francesco Gusta who had moved to Italy following the expulsion of the Jesuits from Spain. Gusta discusses the Synod of Pistoia of 1786 - ‘the most daring effort ever made to secure for Jansenism... a foothold in Italy’ (Catholic Encyclopedia) - and targets some of the leading figures involved. The Synod had been summoned by the Bishop of Pistoia, Scipione de’ Ricci, under whose influence a number of Enlightenment style decrees were adopted, only to be condemned by Pope Pius VI in his bull Auctorem difei, 1794. In this work Gusta attacks Ricci and the Jansenist theologian Pietro Tamburini for their part in the Synod. He concludes with a translation of the papal bull that ‘dealt the death blow’ to the influence of Jansenism in Italy.
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