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1692 - Inquisition History owned by Inquisitor General

1692 - Inquisition History owned by Inquisitor General


The definitive early History of the Inquisition owned by the Grand Inquisitor of Portugal. This volumes the emergence and horror of the Inquisition complete with numerous engraved plates evoking the tortures, interrogations and ultimate burning of those convicted.  This remarkable work also consists of the record of Sentences given by Bernard Gui between 1307 and 1328 - until the recent discovery of the text in manuscript - our only witness to the means, methods and sentences doled out by the Inquisition.  It is preceded by an account of the origin and methods of the Inquisition.  Many of the plates would go on to become famous and are still reproduced today.  An important work on a terrifying religious institution with a fascinating provenance. An important volume in the history of religion, law, witchcraft and Jewish history.


1692. Historia inquisitionis. Philippus van Limborch. Amsterdam: H. Wetstein, 1692. 1st. Edition.  Provenance: Bookplate of Jose Maria de Mello (1756-1818), Inquisitor General of the Kingdom of Portugal. Printed by Adriaan Schoonebeek. Hardcover. Two parts, folio. [16], 384, [12], [8], 397, [19]pp. Title in red and black with woodcut vignette. Latin. Contemporary spotted calf, lettered and tooled in gilt. Spine with raised bands. All edges tinted red. Marbled endpapers. Decorative initials. Complete with ten fine engravings, on nine plates; 4 folded, 2 print-signed by Adriaan Schoonebeek. Board extremities and joints worn, cords holding but care needed, fragile. Occasional mild foxing and toning. Very good text, with clean plates in a worn, but still intact binding.

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