c1630 Antique Catholic Manuscript by College of Cardinals

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We sold this item at auction for $950
 in February 2014.

A 17th Century Catholic Manuscript

This circa 1630 Catholic Manuscript was sold by Britannic Auctions for $950. Antique manuscripts of this sort offer a look into the religious practices and spiritual contemplations of the 17th century as preserved within the delicate pages of this manuscript.

Exploring the Manuscript

This original document, comprising five pages, opens with a dissertation on the Life and Death of the Virgin Mary, offering insights into the revered figure’s significance within Catholic tradition. Devotions and meditations for the church are also included, providing a glimpse into the religious practices of the time.

Significance of Signatures

Of particular interest is the signature of a Catholic Cardinal of the Vatican, lending authenticity and historical weight to the manuscript. Originating from a larger collection of papal documents obtained in England, some bearing the stamp of the College of Cardinals, this manuscript holds a place within ecclesiastical history.

Mention of Sant’Orsola Church

The manuscript references the Church of Sant’Orsola in Mantua, adding a geographical dimension to its historical context. This mention offers a window into 17th century Italy and underscores the manuscript’s relevance within the broader framework of Catholicism.

Condition and Legibility

Despite the passage of centuries, approximately 90% of the handwritten text remains legible, testament to the meticulous penmanship of its scribes. However, the fragility of the yellowed paper and ink erosion serve as reminders of the manuscript’s age and storied past.

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