[CANON MISSAE]. Canon Missae ad usum episcoporum ac praelatorum solemniter vel privatè celebrantium. Romae: Jo: Maria Salvioni; Joachinum et Jo: Josephum filios, 1745

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Canon Missae ad usum episcoporum ac praelatorum solemniter vel privatè celebrantium, editio tertia [...] sub auspiciis SS. Domini nostri Benedicti XIV Pont. Opt. Max. Romae: apud Jo: Maria Salvioni; Joachinum et Jo: Josephum filios, typographos pontificios Vaticanos,, 1745.


Folio (16 4/8 x 11 4/8 inches). Title-page printed in red and black with engraved vignette, text printed in red and black. Additional engraved title-page, 16 full-page engraved plates engraved by B. Thiboust , C. Grandi , A. Gomier, and Limpach, 3 pages with elaborate engraved borders, 22 engraved vignette tail-pieces, 26 engraved initials (some margins strengthened at an early date). Fine Ecclesiastical binding of full red morocco, each cover elaborately decorated with panels of broad borders of gilt roll tools, the inner panel decorated at both inner and outer corners, surrounding a central armorial supra libros of a Bishop, finger tabs (expertly rebacked preserving the original spine, rubbed).

An important liturgical book used in ceremonies reserved for bishops and higher clergy, containing songs in Gregorian chant. Printed on the authority of Pope Benedict XIV (1675 – 1758). Benedict XIV "is best known to history as a student and a scholar. Though by no means a genius, his enormous application coupled with more than ordinary cleverness of mind made him one of the most erudite men of his time and gave him the distinction of being perhaps the greatest scholar among the popes. His character was many-sided, and his range of interests large. His devotion to science and the serious investigation of historical problems did not interfere with his purely literary studies. "I have been reproached", he once said, "because of my familiarity with Tasso and Dante and Ariosto, but they are a necessity to me in order to give energy to my thought and life to my style." This devotion to the arts and sciences brought Lambertini throughout his whole life into close and friendly contact with the most famous authors and scholars of his time. Montfaucon, whom he knew in Rome, said of him, "Young as he is, he has two souls: one for science, the other for society." This last characterization did not interfere with his restless activity in any of the many important positions which he was called on to fill, nor did it diminish his marvellous capacity for the most arduous work... Lambertini took the name of Benedict XIV in honour of his friend and patron Benedict XIII. As pope, Lambertini was no less energetic, brave, and unassuming than before his election. His great learning placed him in a position to deal successfully with ecclesiastical situations that needed reformation, and the broad Christian spirit which animated his dealings with foreign powers removed the pressure and hostility of even Protestant courts and rulers. He was undoubtedly liberal in his political dealings, though he never lost sight of the essential interests of the Church and religion" (Catholic Encyclopedia online).