THE DEATH BLOW TO JANSENISM IN ITALY

L’Antico progetto di Borgo Fontana dai moderni Giansenisti continuato, e compito opera del signor abate D. Francesco Gusta in fine di cui si trova impressa la bolla pontificia, con la quale vien condannato il Sinodo Pistojese, tradotta in italiano idioma.

Assisi, Ottavio Sgariglia, 1795.

8vo, pp. IV, 256, 227-306 (complete); a little light foxing; very good in contemporary decorated paper boards (with flowers and sprigs of holly in red and green), author’s name inked at head of spine, old label pasted at foot of spine, speckled edges; a little dusty.

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L’Antico progetto di Borgo Fontana dai moderni Giansenisti continuato, e compito opera del signor abate D. Francesco Gusta in fine di cui si trova impressa la bolla pontificia, con la quale vien condannato il Sinodo Pistojese, tradotta in italiano idioma.

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Scarce first edition, in an attractive binding, of this anti-Jansenist work by the Catalan Jesuit Gusta (1744-1816), who had moved to Italy following the expulsion of the Jesuits from Spain. Here he targets those involved in the controversial Synod of Pistoia of 1786, ‘the most daring effort ever made to secure for Jansenism ... a foothold in Italy’ (Catholic Encyclopedia). Summoned by the Bishop of Pistoia, Scipione de’ Ricci, and influenced by Enlightenment thinking, the synod adopted a series of decrees, only to have them condemned in 1794 by Pope Pius VI in his bull Auctorem fidei. Gusta’s text attacks both Ricci and the Jansenist theologian Pietro Tamburini, and ends with an Italian translation of the papal bull that ‘dealt the death blow to the influence of ... Jansenism in Italy’ (ibid.).

Sommervogel III, 1967. No copies in the US on OCLC; only one copy on Library Hub (Cambridge University Library).

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