8vo, pp. xv, , 315, ; titles printed in red and black; titles and texts in English and Italian on facing pages; a beautiful, clean copy, bound in early nineteenth-century half calf over boards, gilt red paper lettering piece to spine, skilful restorations to head and foot of spine, upper outer corner of front endpaper restored.
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Short history of the first beginning and progress of the Protestant religion... [facing title:] Breve istoria del primo principio e del progresso della religione protestante...
First edition of the Italian translation by Francesco Maria Soldini of Richard Challoner’s A short history of the first beginning and progress of the Protestant religion, with parallel texts in English and Italian.
The aim of the translator, as stated in his introduction, is twofold: on the one hand to provide students of the English language with a book for their exercises, while at the same time, by providing a facing Italian translation, making sure that said students would not misinterpret the original text, thus avoiding the risk of them being seduced by Protestant doctrine.
Despite Soldini’s efforts, the translation was not unanimously well received by the Roman Catholic Church: the Giornale ecclesiastico di Roma (1792), for example, complained that ‘the thirteen reasons for which a Catholic cannot conform himself to the Protestant Religion’ are by Soldini ‘unhappily explained’, and lamented a shortage of much needed explanatory notes, going as far as to criticise the merit of the translation altogether. Nevertheless, it was spared from being included in the Index librorum prohibitorum, unlike Soldini’s De anima brutorum commentaria, which was condemned soon after its publication in 1776.
Library Hub records only two copies in UK, at the British Library and University of Manchester.
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