Title: Lettres intéressantes du Pape Clément XIV (Ganganelli) traduites de l'Italien & du Latin, 1776. 2nd Edition
Author: Marquis Louis Antoine de Caraccioli; Clément XIV
Publisher: Lottin le Jeune; Rosset; Benitier, Paris
A second edition of the popular and extremely successful Letters of Clement XIV, originally published in 1775. Through 130 letters, addressed to various correspondents including various monarchies from 1747 to his death in 1774, there was an unusual portrait of a Clement XIV speaking of his taste for poetry, evoking Locke, and displaying his admiration for Newton and Buffon. Several letters also mention the Society of Jesus, of who Clement suppressed with the papal brief Dominus ac Redemptor. Other letters concern Louise of France, daughter of Louis XV. Upon publication, the authenticity of these letters Pope Clement XIV aroused controversy, coming into dispute as to whether this was a literary hoax. Voltaire himself highlighted the work in his Correspondence in 1776. Of course, this work was very much a brilliant hoax, written by the Marquis himself, one such giveaway in the work being a letter from “Clement XIV” addressed to the Marquis of Caraccioli, to congratulate him on one of his previous works. Asides from the aforementioned, the letters cover a wide variety of subjects, from Italy, piety, the natural sciences, loneliness, and more.
Two finely bound volumes in 12mo, (XXVIII)+460, (XI)+433 pages
On note of condition, these volumes are in good shape, with minor rubbing and wear at the corners, and some wear at the spines and joints. There is little to no foxing or staining throughout.