Title: B. Platinae Cremonensis opus, De vitis ac gestis summorum pontificum ad Sixtum IIII. Pont. Max. deductum, 1645
Author: Bartholomaeus Platina
Publisher: Leiden, Elzevier
Condition: Very Good
A mid 17th century edition of Platina’s Lives of the Popes commissioned at the suggestion of Sixtus IV. First published in 1479, this work contained compromising details for the papacy that several later editions have overlooked. This 1645 edition still preserves the original integrity of the text.
Of Platina himself, he was an Italian Renaissance humanist writer and gastronomist, first starting his career as a soldier, before finding patronage from the House of Gonzagas, and making his mark upon the literary world among his fellow humanists. He later found employment as a papal writer under Pius II, though this was not to last, as the arrival of the anti-humanist Pope Paul II has the rebellious Platina locked up for his remonstrations. In fact, he had the unfortunate luck of being jailed twice in the same decade. It was not until the advent of the pro-humanist Pope Sixtus IV that Platina’s fortunes and standing was finally revived, becoming Vatican librarian after writing an extremely influential work on the lives of the popes. In fact, Platina used his Lives of the Pope to paint his foe as cruel, and an archenemy of science, finally wreaking his vengeance upon the pontiff.
The title has been handwritten on the spine.
One vellum bound volume in 16mo, (46)+794
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with little to no rubbing or wear to the boards. There is virtually no foxing or staining throughout.