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INDIA (NORTHERN) / PAKISTAN / BANGLADESH: VICARIATI E PREFETTURE APOSTOLICHE NELL’ INDOSTAN. And INDIA (SOUTHERN) / SRI LANKA
Rome: Tipografia della Reverenda Camera Apolostica, . 1858 - 2 Copper engraved maps with original full hand colour, on fine wove paper watermarked ‘Pietro Miliani Fabriano’ (Both maps: Excellent Condition, clean and crisp with stellar original colour), each 56.5 x 77 cm (22 x 30.5 inches). Extremely Rare – a pair of large-format maps respectively depicting Northern and Southern India, featuring the ecclesiastical divisions of the Roman Catholic on the subcontinent, prepared for the Vatican’s State Secretariat by Girolamo Petri, issued within his monumental atlas, ‘L’Orbe Cattolico ossia Atlante Geografico Storico Ecclesiastico’. - This pair of extremely rare, excellent maps respectively showcases both Northern and Southern India, and details the ecclesiastical divisions of the Roman Catholic Church on the subcontinent. The large-format, finely engraved and beautifully coloured works were prepared by Girolamo Petri, a lawyer who served as a senior official within the Vatican’s State Secretariat, the arm of the Holy See responsible for managing its relationships with foreign powers. The map appeared within Petri’s monumental atlas of the Church’s worldwide ecclesiastical divisions, L’Orbe Cattolico ossia Atlante Geografico Storico Ecclesiastico Opera del Commendatore Girolamo Petri Officiale minutante della segreteria di Stato (Rome, 3 vols., 1858-9). Petri was commissioned by the Pope Pius XI (reigned 1846-78), the longest ever reigning pontiff, to create this magnificent atlas during at time when the Church was under siege within Europe, but, conversely, while it had major ambitions for expansion overseas, particularity in Asia and Africa. The uncommonly beautiful atlas was published in only a very small number of examples for the exclusive use of Cardinals and high-ranking administrators, accounting for the great rarity of its maps today. SEE OUR WEB PAGE FOR LONGER DESCRIPTION.
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