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Manuscript on vellum, 1607. Single sheet, 48x35cm. 27 lines, black-brown ink, Gothic letter. Pen flourishes inked to left and upper margin. Folded. Light water stain marks to right-hand margin, little thumbing to left, horizontal folds with very minor holing minimally affecting letters, traces of tape and slight soiling to verso. A very good copy, lead seal of Pope Paulus V attached with cord to lower margin. Early autographs L.J. Juntis and P[ellegrin] Polis inked on verso, contemporary signatures of 20 prelates to lower margin, early illegible inscription, 'H:' and 'Bolla di Pellegrin Polia' inked on verso, together with contemporary signed statements listing the content, date of issue and receipt. Rare ms. bull by Pope Paulus V, issued on April 6, 1607 at Sts Peter and Paul, conferring an ecclesiastical 'beneficium simplex'--revenues from ecclesiastical institutions which could be earned 'in absentia', without residence, by paying another cleric, a vicar, to act 'in vece'--on Pellegrino Puglia, 'vicario generale' of Milan in the 1590s. The 'beneficiatus' could only be appointed when a vacancy arose, after an examination and declaration of suitability by the ecclesiastical authorities confirming both the merit of the recipient and the voluntary nature of the resignation, to avoid suspicion of simony. Puglia was awarded the simple benefice of 'clericatus' after the 'free resignation' of Giuseppe Mazocchi, at the Church of San Martino in San Salvatore [Monferrato] in the dioceses of Pavia; he was granted another--as simple benefices could be accumulated--from the Church of … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sokol Books Limited [United Kingdom]

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