Soave (Pietro Solano) Historia del Concilio Tridentino, FIRST EDITION, woodcut English Royal coat of arms on title, historiated and floriated initials, pages misnumbered, slight browning, some spotting or foxing throughout, dust soiling, little marking, repair to last leaf, small hole to I5, burn holes to Cc2, Ff & Ff2, 2 leaves chipped, remains of bookplate removed from pastedown, early shelf marks to front pastedown, inscription reading ‘Utrecht, Oct. 1697’ & monogram ‘BD’, contemporary annotations in Dutch, dated 1623, to preliminaries, ex libris ‘Bibl. Scribar. Sig. Reg.’ to title, occasional marginalia, contemporary vellum over boards, early title inked to spine, central gilt armorial device embossed on covers, yapped edges, soiled, preserved in a modern marbled paper slipcase, [Printing and the Mind of Man 118; Thompson, History of Historical Writing, pp.545-48; Gamba 2080], folio, London, John Bill, 1619.
***Rare first edition of Sarpi’s most important work, written between 1608 and 1618 and published by the author with the pseudonym ‘Pietro Soave Polano’.
Provenance. From the library of the Society of Writers to His Majesty’s Signet.