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De Republica Ecclesiastica, 1617-58  

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De Republica Ecclesiastica Libri X

Dominis, Marcus Antonius de

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3 volumes, married set. Volume II: Sumptibus Rulandiorum, Typis Ioan Friderici Weiss, Frankfurt, 1620; Volume III: Sumptilus Viduae Ionae Rosii, Frankfurt, 1658. Architectural title page, copper-engraved portrait of author. (Folio) 35x21 cm (13¾x8¼"), period calf lettered in gilt on burgundy morocco labels, raised bands, all edges red. 

Former Archbishop of Split, Marcus Antonius de Dominis was a polemicist who played both sides of the Reformation, having defected to England and returned to Rome, and ultimately died in the custody of the Inquisition, accused as a relapsed heretic. While reaping the whirlwind, he also published some important scientific treatises. Newton credited him with being the first to develop the optical theory of the rainbow. 

Even his death did not end his trial. His case was continued after his death, and on 20 December 1624 judgment was pronounced over his corpse in the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. His heresy was declared manifest, and by order of the Inquisition his body was taken from the coffin, dragged through the streets of Rome, and publicly burned in the Campo di Fiore together with his works, on 21 December 1624.

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Bindings worn, scrapes, rubbing and chips, spine labels chipping; pages toned, occasional spots, some dampstains; about very good.

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