742G Emperor 1500-1558 Charles V

Università degli Studi di Messina Letter in transcription. To an unnamed addressee.

Folio 12 X 8 1/2 inches Messina 13 august 1555                   $1,800  (NOW $ 1,100)

One leaf two pages front and back. Only example I could find.


This is an imperial letter, co-signed by the imperial secretary Retrus Carbons.

This letter  concerns the provisioning of the Jesuit College of Messina, founded in 1548. (Italian: Università degli Studi di Messina, UNIME) is a public university located in Messina, Italy. Founded in 1548 by Ignatius of Loyola, it became the model for hundreds of Jesuit colleges. The university is organized in 11 Faculties.
.Juan de Vega,( who is the first signatory) was an imperial official then in the service of the viceroy of Sicily, returned to Spain and became one of the magistrates of Cadiz. In 1587 Vega helped plan the defense of Cadiz against Sir Francis Drake.

This is disbound. there are 3 small holes along fold slightly affecting the text, there is slight fraying. From the Libraries of Laserna de Santander; and then of Sir Thomas Phillipps (ex ms 4135) {further this was bought en mass by H.P. Kraus, their inventory number R5823.


see: 1)Polanco, Juan Alfonso de (ca. 1573–1574). Chronicon Societatis Jesu ab anno 1537 ad annum Domini 1549 (in Latin). and : “Selections from Chronicon, on the Jesuit college at Messina”. Jesuit Writings of the Early Modern Period: 1540–1640. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company. p. 46–54. ISBN 0-87220-839-7.


555G Francesco Benichi

Francisci Bencii ab Aqvapendente, E Societate Iesv, Orationes & Carmina : Qvae Partim Nvnquam antehac, partim in Germania nunc primùm in lucem prodierunt. Orationvm Singvlarvm argumentum … indicabit. His demum subiuncta est eiusdem De stylo & scriptione disputatio. (Pt. 2 has separate dated t.p. with title “Francisci Bencii ab Aqua Pendente, e Societate Iesu Carminum libri quatuor eiusdem Ergastus et Philotimus, dramata” and begins new pagination and register./ Adams treats the two pt. as two separate items./ Jesuit trigram device on t.p.s to both pt./ The two plays, Ergastus and Philotimus, at the end of pt. 2 each have divisional t.p.; pagination and register continuous./ Head- and tail-pieces, initials./ Francisci Bencii ab Aqva Pendente, e Societate Iesv, Orationes & carmina./ Orationes & carmina.)


Ingolstadii : David Sartorial 1592                  $4,500  (NOW $ 4,100)

Quarto 6 1/2 X 4 inches )(4,A-Z8, a-b4 and )(4,A-V8 ,X4. Francisci Bencii ab aqua pendente, e Societate Iesu Carminum libri quatuor eiusdem ergastus et philotimus, dramata” has separate title-page, pagination, and register, with imprint identical to general title-page; Jesuit title vignette./ “Francisci Bencii e Societate Iesu Ergastus, drama …” has separate title-page (p. 189, fourth series), with imprint: “Romae, III. kalend. Nouembris, MDLXXXVII [November 1587]”; “M” and “D” of publication date appear as apostrophic characters on this title-page; pagination and register are continuous. This copy is bound in full blind stamped pigskin over wooden boards, the clasps are missing. This is a very nice copy. Benci, was a disciple and close friend of Marc-Antoine Muret, who would bequeath his library and manuscripts. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1570, and was sent to India, where he learned Sanskrit and translated first into Latin the “Bhagabad-gîtâ (from the Mahâbhârata)”. He returned to Italy, taught rhetoric at the Jesuit Collegio Romano, won great reputation as an orator, poet and author of Latino school plays. It was “avvisato and levato” for his close relationship with some students, especially Giulio Cesare Stella, author of “The Columbeida” published and disseminated at its behest. Also maintained a close friendship with Justus Lipsius, which has remained a brilliant epistolary. taught in Rome , Siena and Perugia , was a great orator and great Latin poet .

– DeBacker Sommervogel vol.I – col.1288 no.20 ; Adams, B626 (pt. 1); Adams, B625 (pt. 2)
6) 497G Ignacio de Paredes Horacio Carochi;

Compendio del arte de la lengua mexicana del P[adre] Horacio Carochi de la Compañia de Jesus :dispuesto con brevedad, claridad, y propriedad Por el P. Ignacio de Parades de la misma Compania y morador del Colegio destinado solamente para Indios de S. Gregorio de la Compania de Jesus de Mexico: Y dividido en tres partes: En la primera se trata de todo lo perteneciente à reglas del arte, con toda su variedad, excepciones, y anomalias … En la segunda se enseña la formacion de unos vocablos, de otros … En la tercera se ponen los adverbios más necessarios de la lengua …”/ ” … lo dedica, y consagra al Gloriosissimo Patriarcha San Ignacio de Loyola, autor, y fundador de la Compañia de Jesus.



En Mexico(Mexico; Mexico City.): En la Imprenta de la Bibliotheca Mexicana, en frente de S. Augustin, 1759                                  $2,900  (NOW $ 2,000)
Quarto ¶4,¶¶4, ¶¶¶4 A-Z4, Aa-Bb4 ,C1 Lacking frontice piece Second Edition

Bound in the original full limp vellum with “Compendio del arte dell Carochi “Hand lettered in ink on spine This is a truly nice copy. It has the leather book plate of Estelle Doheny. First published in 1645 –and virtually impossible to find complete today-, this edition is revised by Ignacio de Paredes, a Jesuit Priest in Mexico the foremost 18th-century scholar of Nahuatl. The author was an Italian Jesuit who spent most of his life in Mexico, a prolific writer dedicated to the study of Mexican native tongues and dialects –this arguably being his most regarded accomplishment. One of the best colonial grammars of the native Mexican language,is that of Horacio Carochi, . James Lockhart, author of Nahuatl as Written which is a basic text for the subject, made extensive use of early editions of Carochi, escpecially this one. produced by one of Mexico’s best 18th-century presses This second, abridged edition of Carochi’s Arte, included additions by Ignacio de Paredes, sometime superior of the Jesuit seminary at Tepotzotlan and rector of the college of San Andrés in Mexico. see. DeBacker-Sommervogel vol II col 761: Medina, J.T. México; 4534 (long note); Palau y Dulcet; vol. 3, p. 185, no. 44871; Sabin; vol. 3, p. 351, no. 10954


354G Darrell, William?. 1651- 1721

The Lay-man’s Opinion, sent in a private Letter to a Considerable Divine of the Church of England.


[together with]

The Lay-Mans ansvver to the Lay-mans opinion: in a letter to a friend.


Np ,np 1687 & London 1687                      $1,150  (NOW $ 900)

Both Quarto, 7 3⁄4 X 6 inches. First editions, A4 & A-B4 Disbound, a nice clean copies.

William Darrell was probably the author of “The layman’s opinion.”. See BM; Halkett & Laing (2nd ed.). Darrell was a Theologian, b. 1651, in Buckinghamshire, England; d. 28 Feb., 1721, at St. Omer’s, France. He was a member of the ancient Catholic family of Darrell of Scotney Castle, Sussex, being the only son of Thomas Darrell and his wife, Thomassine Marcham. He joined the Society of Jesus on 7 Sept., 1671, was professed 25 March, 1689. He wrote: “A Vindication of St. Ignatius from Phanaticism and of the Jesuits from the calumnies laid to their charge in a late book (by Henry Wharton) entitled The Enthusiasm of the Church of Rome” (London, 1688); “Moral Reflections on the Epistles and Gospels of every Sunday throughout the Year” (London, 1711, and frequently reprinted); “The Gentleman Instructed in the conduct of a virtuous and happy life” (10th ed., London, 1732; frequently reprinted and translated into Italian and Hungarian); “Theses Theologicæ” (Liège, 1702); “The Case Reviewed” in answer to Leslie’s “Case Stated” (2nd ed., London, 1717); “A Treatise of the Real Presence” (London,1721). He translated “Discourses of Cleander and Eudoxus upon the Provincial Letters from the French” (1701). Jones in his edition of Peck’s “Popery Tracts” (1859), also attributes to Father Darrell: “A Letter on King James the Second’s most gracious Letter of Indulgence” (1687); “The Layman’s Opinion sent . . . to a considerable Divine in the Church of England” (1687); “A Letter to a Lady” (1688); “The Vanity of Human Respects” (1688).

Clancy, #295 ; FOLEY, Records Eng. Prov. S. J. (London, 1878), III, 477, VII, i, 196; PECK, Catalogue of Popery Tracts (1735),ed. JONES (Chetham Society, 1859); GILLOW, Bibl. Dict. Eng. Cath. (London, 1886), II; COOPER in Dict. Nat. Biog. (London, 1888), XIV. Wing (CD- Rom, 1996) D 266 & L 747



833G Richard Archdekin  1618-1693

THEOLOGIA QUADRIPARTITA :POLEMICA, Praecipuas Fidei Controversias, ad brevem, ac facilem Metrodum redactas, PRACTICA, Resolutiones Theologicas, ac omnia prope SACERDOTIS munia accommodatas, SACRA, Apparatum alphabeticum, cum Praxi et Conceptibus Contionum pro singulis anni Dominicis; CATECHETICA, Summam Doctrinae Christianae, selectissimis exemplis, et brevi explicatione illustratam complectens

Pragæ : Typis Universitatis Carolo- Ferdinandae in Collegio Societ. Jesu ad S. Clemente,1678                                $2,800  (NOW $ 1,900)

Octavo 6 1/2 X 4 inches π1,)(6, )o(8,A-Z8, Aa-Pp8,Qq4. {[XXVIII], 582, [XXXI]}

First and only edition. Bound in the original Vellum binding, two brass clasps, manuscript title on spine.
The ‘ Controversias Fidei’ had a wonderful success. A few copies of the work which found their way to the university of Prague were received with such enthusiasm that some transcripts of the whole were made for the use of the students; and in 1678 the book was reprinted, without the knowledge of the author, at the University

Press. ARCHDEKIN, or ARSDEKIN, RICHARD an Irish Jesuit, who has adopted both forms of his name on his own title-pages, and is also known as Mac Gioi.la Cuddy, was the son of Nicholas Archdekin and his wife Ann Sherlock, and was born at Kilkenny 16 March 1618. He went through a course of classical studies, and for two years applied himself to philosophy before he entered the Jesuit order; and he studied theology for four years at Louvain. Entering the Society of Jesus at Mechlin 28 Sept. 1642, he was in due time enrolled among the professed fathers of the order. He was teaching humanities in 1650; he studied under the Jesuits at Antwerp and Lille; and arrived at the Professed House at Antwerp 26 March 1653. For six years he taught humanities, and he was professor of philosophy, moral theology, and Holy Scripture for a long period, chiefly at Louvain and Ant werp. His death occurred in the latter city 31 Aug. 1693. Father Archdekin, who was proficient in the Latin, Irish, English, and Flemish languages, composed the following works:— 1. ‘A Treatise of Miracles, together with New Miracles, and Benefits obtained by the sacred reliques of S. Francis Xaverius exposed in the Church of the Society of Jesus at Mechlin,’ Louvain, 1667, 8vo, in English and Irish. This very scarce book is supposed to be the first ever printed in the two languages in conjunction. 2. ‘Precipure Controversiie Fidei ad facilem methodum redactae; ac Resolutiones Theologicoe ad omnia Sacerdotis munia, pnesertim in Missionibus, accommodatse,’ Louvain, 1671, 8vo. At the end of this volume, which is a summary of theology, is usually found: 3. ‘ Vitie et Miraculorum Sancti Patricii Hiberniie Apostoli Epitome, cum brevi notitia Hibernioe et Prophetia S. Malachise’ (Louvain, 1671,8vo), a life of St. Patrick, with a short notice of Ireland, and the prophecy of St. Malachi respecting the succession of the popes. The ‘ Controversias Fidei’ had a wonderful success. A few copies of the work which found their way to the university of Prague were received with such enthusiasm that some transcripts of the whole were made for the use of the students; and in 1678 the book was reprinted, without the knowledge of the author, at the University Press. The third edition, which was printed at Antwerp with the author’s corrections and additions, was followed by a fourth and fifth at Cologne and Ingolstadt; and the sixth, again at Antwerp, by a seventh again at Cologne. These particulars are gathered from the prefaces to the eighth edition, which appeared at Antwerp in 1686r and where the title, the bulk, and the arrangement of the work are so altered that it would hardly be recognised as the same. The ‘ Controversioe Fidei’ of 1671 is a small octavo of 500pages. In the edition of 1686 the title is ‘Theologia Tripartita Universal and the three volumes quarto, of which it consists, comprise in all about 1,100 pages closely printed in double columns, containing about five times the matter of the ‘Controversial’ The work includes a life of Oliver Plunket, the catholic archbishop of Armagh, who was executed at London in 1681r and a life of Peter Talbot, the catholic archbishop of Dublin, who died in imprisonment at Dublin in 1680. In addition to these Archdekin’s work contains a number of anecdotes connected with the history of Ireland, introduced as examples in support of his theological doctrines. Archdekin’s work displays much order, knowledge, and precision, but some of his decisions in cases of conscience have been controverted by higher authority in the catholic church. In 1700 it was prohibited until correction should be made by the Congregation of the Index. The first edition published with the necessary corrections appears to have been also the last. It appeared at Antwerp in 1718, and was the thirteenth of the whole.

. [Foley’s Records, vii. 15; Oliver’s Collectanea S. J., 231; O’Reilly’s Irish Writers, 198 ; Ware’s Writers of Ireland, ed. Harris, 203; Thomas Watts, in Biog. Diet. Soc. D. U. K.; Ribadeneira, Bibl. Scriptorum Soc. Jesu,,ed. Southwell, 718; Backer, Bibliotheque des Ecrivains de la Compagnie do Jesus (1869), 267; Foppens.Bibl. Belgica, 1066.] T. C. Sweeney? see DeBacker Sommervogel vol I col 515-521


490G Georg Stengel or Stengelio 1584-1651

Labyrinthi ab Aegyptiis structi fraudes, cum mundi a diabolo seducti periculis collatae. Pars prior.


Ingolstadt, Gregor Henlin, 1630                 $3,400  (NOW $ 2,900)

Octavo Acording to Debacker-Sommervogel there was never a second part published. )(8, A-Z8, Aa-Ss8, Tt2 Second? Edition Bound in full contemporary vellum.

Georg Stengel was born in 1584 in Augsburg he entered the Society of Jesus in 1601 and spent his whole life close to Ingolstadt. , he was a novice at Landsberg and taught at Munich, in 1618 he was Rector at the college at Dillingen and in 1640 he retrned to Ingolstadt. Stengel believed that all the punishments of God point to the need for an implacable persecution of witches on the Franconian model. (between 1600 and 1605 in Lower Franconia hundreds of ‘witches’ were burnt 250 in Fulda, 139 in Freigericht and more than 100 in Hanau) Stengel, while a professor at Ingolstadt, (in his great work, “De judiciis divinis”) urges, as reasons why a merciful God permits illness, his wish to glorify himself through the miracles wrought by his Church, and his desire to test the faith of men by letting them choose between the holy aid of the Church and the illicit resort to medicine, declares that there is a difference between simple possession and that brought by bewitchment, and that the latter is the more difficult to treat.

DeBacker-Sommervogelvol. VII col. 1552 no. 46 Not listing a 1630 edition but a 1628 and a 1651.

 403G Martino Delrio 1551-1608

Ex miscellaneorum scriptoribvs digestorvm sive pandectarvm Iuris Civilis Interpretatio […] His accesserunt Indices duo: Prior Authorum atque Scriptorum Miscellaneorum, ex quorum libris has notas excerpsimus: Posterior Titulorum Pandectarum in hoc libro explicatorum.
[bound with]
Ex miscellaneorum scriptoribvs Codicis, Novellarum, Feudorum, necnon etiam Institutionum Iuris Civilis Interpretatio. His accesserunt Indices duo: Prior Authorum atque Scriptorum Miscellaneorum, ex quorum libris has notas excerpsimus: Posterior Titulorum Codicis, Novellarum, Constitutionum Imperialium, Feudorum, & Institutionum Iuris Civilis passim hoc in libro explicatorum.


Lugduni, Apud Franciscum Fabrum, 1590.                                            $2,900 (NOW $ 2,200)

Large Octavo ã A-2G 2H This is a nice clean copy bound in original full vellum with intact ties.

This book contains catchwords to titles of the Digesta, in order, each followed by citations to authors (by chapter and verse) writing on the particular title, often with a brief note of explanation. In a sense, this book functions as a technical appendix to the Juris Civilis and can be used as a convenient and quick reference for both lawyers and judges.
Martin Antoine Del Rio was a famous Jesuit scholar and his encyclopedic Disquisitionum Magicarum, in many ways the most complete of all works on witchcraft, is as renowned as the Malleus Maleficarum. He was born in Antwerp, Belgium, of a distinguished Castilian father and wealthy Aragonese mother. Del Rio was well educated in the classics, Hebrew and Chaldean, five modern languages, and in law; at nineteen he had published an edition of Seneca (citing over 1,300 authorities). At twenty-four he was made Vice-Chancellor and Attorney General for Brabant—later, Voltaire satirized this appointment as Attorney General for Beelzebub. After Delrio’s studies in Paris and Salamanca, but before he entered the Jesuit Order in Valladolid in 1580, he was an Officer of the Order (AO) as one of the judges of the Inquisition in the Netherlands, the so-called “Blood Council”. It was at this time that his father, a royal official, had his castle pillaged in the native rebellions against Spanish domination, and Martin lost his library. In 1580, however, Del Rio decided to enter the Jesuit order, and studied and taught at various Jesuit centers such as Valladolid, Douay, Liege, Louvain (where he gathered the material for his demonology), Graetz (Styria), Salamanca, and Brussels, dying there in 1608. During these twenty-six years of study and research, he wrote at least fifteen books of sermons and commentaries.
DeBacker-Sommervogle Vol. II col. 1897 no.5 ; Graesse vol. II, page 355.