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Racconto istorico de Terremoti sentiti in - Chracas, Luca Antonio - 1704. 
Giuseppe de Martijs e Giovanni Francesco Chracas, 1704. 4° (218x153 mm). viii, 35, , 39-1 pp. Engraved frontispiece, depicting Clemens xi on the background of the St. Peter?s Basilica. Woodcut vignette on title, showing a town destroyed by earthquake; two woodcut decorative initials on ll. *2r and A1r. Contemporary vellum on pasteboards, spine with raised bands and title in manuscript, at head the old shelfmark ?C IV 13?. On upper cover, ?A.IV.a.24?, in ancient ink, and the pencilled number ?1113?. A good copy, frontispiece strenghtened on outer blank margin, a small area of paper loss affecting only the date of the ownership inscription. Uniformly toned the last quire. Some browning, mainly marginal, light spotting and a few marginal paper flaws. Provenance: Library of the Roman Convent of St. Francis at Ripam (on lower margin of frontispiece contemporary ownership note ?Pertinet ad Bibliothecam S. Fran.ci Transtyberim 17?; on title the inscription ?Ad Uso Fra Sant Locarno sacerdote e Confess.e in San. Franc.co a Ripa. M.O.Pi?.) The first edition of the most detailed account of Rome earthquake, with the narrative of all public acts of religion, such as processions, prayers, indulgences and sermons. ?On the evening of 14 January 1703 an earthquake so shook Rome that the bell on the Pope?s table rang without being touched. The Pope [?] held a consistory and urged the cardinals to works of penance, went to St. John?s Lateran and proclaimed an indulgence, cancelled the plays and fancy dress balls of the carnival. When a further and worse shock, severe enough to make cracks in St. Peter?s was felt on 2 February, he enforced the laws of modesty in women?s dress and Sunday observance and of fasting. Soldiers paraded in churches with rosaries, processions walked barefoot over wet roads with sackcloth, chain on arms, crosses on shoulders, ashes on heat? (O. Chadwick, The Popes and European Revolution, p. 12).
[Bookseller: Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco]
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