Title: Histoire du pontificat et de la captivite de Pie VI, suivie d'un coup-d'oeil sur l'eglise catholique, 1853
Publisher: Lille, L. Lefort, Imprimeurs-Libraires
A mid 19th century edition on the history of the pontification, tenure, and captivity of Pope Pius VI, followed by a look at the Catholic Church. The fourth longest reigning pope in history, Pius VI condemned the actions French Revolution and the suppression of the Gallican Church that resulted from it. Following shortly after, French troops commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the papal troops in the Holy See and occupied the Papal States itself in 1796. Upon his refusal to renounce his temporal power in 1798, Pius was taken prisoner and transported to France, perishing from old age one year later in Valence.
This edition is bound in a richly decorated and ornate cartonnage binding of the period, adorned with golden gilt set against white, with a large central panel at the centre.
One richly decorated cartonnage volume in 12mo, 238 pages
On note of condition this volume is in good shape, with rubbing, peeling and wear to the corners. The joints are showing signs of cracking, though holding well otherwise. There is minor foxing and staining throughout.