ORIGINAL TITLE Title: Relatione della Religione et Stato del Re d'Ethiopia ditto il Prete Gianni. Con un discorso sopra l'unione, et obbedienza delle Chiese Alessandrina et Costantinop[olita]na con la Sede Apostolica.
PRONUNCIATION: Relationships of Religion and State of the King of Ethiopia were the priest Gianni. With a discourse on the union and obedience of the Churches of Alexandria and Constantinople with the Apostolic See.
MATERIAL: Paper
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 264 x 212 mm
COMPONENTS: Manuscript in Italian on paper, written in italic script in black ink, recto and verso. 8 leaves, foliated 304-311 in later hand.
CONDITION: Modern boards; few marginal stains.
ITEM ID: 4399
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Manuscript Tract on Christianity in Ethiopia

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Century: 17th (1601-1700)

Tract on Christianity in Ethiopia followed by a discussion of relations between Eastern Rite churches and Rome. From the libraries of Sir Thomas Phillipps, extracted from his manuscript 7604, and Bent Juel-Jensen, with his bookplate and pencil notes on front paste down.

From the libraries of Sir Thomas Phillipps. Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1st Baronet (2 July 1792 – 6 February 1872) was an English antiquary and book collector who amassed the largest collection of manuscript material in the 19th century. He was an illegitimate son of a textile manufacturer and inherited a substantial estate, which he spent almost entirely on vellum manuscripts and, when out of funds, borrowed heavily to buy manuscripts, thereby putting his family deep into debt. Phillipps recorded in an early catalogue that his collection was instigated by reading various accounts of the destruction of valuable manuscripts. Such was his devotion that he acquired some 40,000 printed books and 60,000 manuscripts, arguably the largest collection a single individual has created, and coined the term “vello-maniac” to describe his obsession, which is more commonly termed bibliomania.