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Rome, Sacred Congregation:]
Alla Sacra Congregatione dell' immunità ecclesiastica. [Rome?] n.d. [], 1673. Folio, pp. [126]. Woodcut initials. Roman and italic letter. Light age-yellowing, water-staining. Bound in quarter-vellum and marbled-boards with title inked on spine, poss. later 19th- or 20th-cent. A valuable and unique insight into the foundation of confraternities in Milan. This is an unlocated appeal to the court of the Sacred Congregation in Rome, regarding a case, recently before the Senate in Milan, where the archbishop tried unsuccessfully to ban a religious confraternity of scholars of Santa Maria della Rosa in the diocese of Solbiate, for breaking an oath of perpetual fidelity. The lawyers examine how confraternities are established in the archdiocese, and produce a 34-item, 76-page appendix almost entirely of foundation documents for the societies. These are printed with all the original signatories and thus we learn who the initial members of these confraternities were. For example, an original member of the Confraternity of St. Mary of the Seven Sufferings at the Church of St. Alessandro in Milan, founded 1669, was Francesco Maria Sforza-Visconti, marchese di Caravaggio; a small hand is printed uniquely next to his name. A very interesting item in the appendix is a list in chronological order of all the new confraternities set up in the archdiocese since 1626. This runs to around 170 entries, spread over 15 pages. Not in OCLC, ICCU, or online catalogue of Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Leo Cadogan Rare Books Ltd., ABA, ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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