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Nacchiante, Giacomo. Scripturae medulla. Arcanorum Christi, quibus singulae mundi sunt locupletatae aetates, pia, docta, ac clara detectio, necnon perexacta discussio. [...] Per r.p.d. Iacobum Naclantum, Clugiensem episcopum. Venetiis, 1561.

4to, contemporary limp vellum with handwritten title at spine, ff. [4], 254 [i.e.256], [12].

Curious work in which it is shown that the successive events in all ages of the world are linked to the figure of Jesus Christ.

Giacomo Nacchiante (Jacopo Nacchianti, Naclantus) (1502-1569) was an Italian Dominican theologian. He studied at Bologna, where Michael Ghislieri, afterwards Pope Pius V, was his fellow-student. In 1541 Nacchiante was appointed professor of philosophy and theology at the Roman studium of the Dominican Order at Santa Maria sopra Minerva, which had developed out of the studium provinciale at Santa Sabina, and which would later develop into the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum. Pope Paul III, struck with his talents, made him Bishop of Chioggia (1544). At the Council of Trent he made a vigorous protest against the words of the decree of the IV Session (8 April 1546), which asserts that the traditions of the Church are to be received with the same reverence and piety as the Scriptures; but he gave assent to the decree, when he saw it confirmed by the assembly. Further serious suspicions of his orthodoxy seem afterwards to have arisen, and the papal secretary at the Council of Trent, Angelo Massarelli, undertook an Inquisition. The records of the parallel Venetian Inquisition of Nacchiante's orthodoxy can be found in the Venetian state archives. As Pallavicini remarks, Pope Pius IV assigned to him grave affairs of trust, and he returned to the second and third sessions of the Council of Trent as a full participant in the Council's debates.

Provenance: 1. Ancient owner's inscription (partly crossed out, not identified) at title-page. 2. Nobiliar ring stamp (not identified) at title-page.

References: CNCE, 47065. OCLC, 857899442 (one copy in Spain), 750923413 (one copy in Poland) and 492779712 (one copy in France). No copy of this edition in USA.


A very fine and unsophisticated copy, in its vellum binding.

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[History, Christ] Nacchiante, 1561

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