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ROSCOE, William. The life and pontificate of leo the tenth.

London. Henry G. Bohn, 1846. Fifth edition.
8vo. In two volumes. xxxi, [1], 502; [2], 540pp. With an engraved frontispiece to each volume and one further engraved plate. Attractively bound in contemporary gilt-tooled turquoise morocco, contrasting morocco lettering-pieces, gilt device with motto 'Sunt sua praemia laudi' to boards, marbled edges. Marbled endpapers, slight foxing to plates, else internally clean and crisp.
Roscoe's life of Pope Leo X, first printed in 1805. Though the work did not win the same critical approval as his life of Lorenzo de' Medici (1795) it nevertheless ran to six editions, finding a broad readership throughout Europe and the Americas; indeed even the inclusion of the Italian translation in the Index Librorum Prohibitorum did not halt it's circulation within the Papal States.
£ 300.00 Antiquates Ref: 15149