Title: Histoire du Grand Schisme d’Occident. Derniere edition, 1680
Author: Louis Maimbourg
Publisher: Suivant la copie imprimee a Paris
A late 17th century edition of Maimbourg’s history of the Western Schism, also called the Papal Schism, Great Occidental Schism and Schism of 1378. This was a split within the Catholic Church lasting from 1378 to 1417 in which the Popes in Rome and Avignon simultaneously claimed to be the true pope, and each excommunicated the other.
Driven by authoritative politics rather than any theological disagreement, the schism was ended by the Council of Constance, although the rival claims to the papal throne damaged the reputation of the office for some time after.
Unsurprisingly, this book was put on the list of banned books by the Pope in Rome for being deemed too controversial, with Maimbourg himself eventually being expelled from the Society of Jesus by the Pope in 1681.
This is a counterfeit of the original 1678 edition.
Two finely bound volumes in 16mo, (2)+314; 319,+(26)
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the boards and corners, with splitting to the heads of the joints. There is virtually no foxing or staining throughout.