PAPAL BULL – NO COPIES RECORDED IN THE US
Revocatio literarum et constitutionum foel. rec. Pii papae V pro mendicantibus et aliis regularibus contra locorum ordinarios, ad terminos iuris communis
Roma, haer. Antonio Blado, 1573
Folio. 2 unnumbered and unsigned ll. Title with oval woodcuts of demi-dragon of the Boncompagni family, Sts Peter and Paul and decorated initial. Very minor marginal spotting, all edges untrimmed. An excellent, clean copy, early casemark to upper margin of first.
An excellent, remarkably clean copy of this scarce papal bull issued by Gregory XIII in the first year of his pontificate, which revoked regulations approved by his predecessor. Pius V had in fact overruled pastoral limitations imposed by the Council of Trent on mendicant orders by allowing their members to act, among other things, as secular confessors without the bishop’s approval—partly to improve pastoral provision in the New World colonies. In this bull, Gregory XIII reduced these liberties and brought back the regulation of the mendicant orders under the rules of ecclesiastical law to require episcopal permission for such privileges. The bull was first published in 1572 and reprinted in the following year in Rome, Brescia and Paris. This edition bears a re-set title and different woodcut decorations to ‘Reductio literarum et constitutionum’ (EDIT16 42444), with which it shares the exact text. The key word of the title—‘Reductio’—becomes here ‘Revocatio’ with a different title setting and woodcuts. Only two copies of this edition appear to be recorded. The Blado press was responsible for printing official documents of the Papal States including a great amount of bulls which, due to their ephemeral nature, have rarely survived unscathed.
No copies recorded in the US, only two other recorded.