Lot 31
  • 31

Roman Catholic Church

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  • Index librorum prohibitorum cum regulis confectis per patres a Tridentina synodo delectos. Auctoritate Pii IIII primum editus postea vero a Syxto V auctus et nunc demum S. D. N. Clementis pp. VIII iussu, recognitus, & publicatus. Rome: Impressores Camerales, 1596
  • Paper
4to (223 x 160mm.), woodcut papal arms on title-page, woodcut initials and headpieces, contemporary Roman red morocco gilt with the arms of Cardinal Bonelli, spine gilt in compartments, gilt edges, lettered along foredge, a few small wormholes towards end, lacking both pairs of silk ties


Cardinal Michele Bonelli, armorial binding; The Law Society, armorial bookplate

Cardinal Bonelli (1541-1598) was on the newly-established Congregation for the Index of Prohibited Books in 1572.


Censimento 16 CNCE 33876; Mendham R291

Catalogue Note

Joseph Mendham possessed a very substantial collection of editions of the Index (see sale in these rooms, 5 June 2013, lot 77, comprising 85 volumes).

For similar bindings, see Le legature papali, nos 150, 151 and 159, all for Clement VIII, each of which contains some of the tools used on this binding.