Lot 12
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Eymerich, Nicolaus

Estimate
1,500 - 2,000 GBP
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Description

  • Eymerich, Nicolaus
  • Directorium inquisitorum [with the commentary of Francisco Peña]. Rome: Giorgio Ferrari, 1587
  • Paper
folio (320 x 218mm.), title printed in red and black with woodcut printer's device, woodcut initials and headpieces, contemporary Louvain blind-tooled calf, spine gilt in compartments with small bird tool in each compartment, later morocco lettering-piece, blue edges, occasional damp-staining, paper flaw in O8 with loss of a few letters, small hole in last two leaves with loss, joints cracked, extremities rubbed

Provenance

Jesuit College of Louvain, inscription on title-page dated 1636; Charles Louis van Bavière (1767-1815), Brussels, letterpress bookplate, his library sold at auction on 18 August 1817; J. Mendham, Sutton Coldfield, pencil inscription beneath bookplate

Literature

Censimento 16 CNCE 18450; Mendham E128

Catalogue Note

Eymerich's infamous manual for inquisitors, dating from the fourteenth century, details specific heretics and their beliefs, banned books, witchcraft, the errors of other faiths, as well as the technical legal processes of denunciations and trials, torture, and forms of excommunication. The second part of the book contains papal letters regarding the office of the Inquisition. There is a pencil mark next to Pius IV's brief regarding the revoking of licences given to prohibited books.
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