Papal Bull of Pope Pius V

AUCTION 22 | Tuesday, January 27th, 2004 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts and Works of Graphic Art Including Holy Land Maps, Illustrated Books, Photography and Graphic Art from The Collection of Daniel M. Friedenberg of Greenwich, Conn

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Lot 137

Papal Bull of Pope Pius V

ff. 16. Underscored in ink and waterstained. Marbled stiff wrappers. Sm.folio

Rome : 1566

Est: $2,000 - $3,000
On f. 10v. the newly installed Pope Pius V (1566-1572) forbids “any Hebrew man or woman from offending in any manner of speech” their Christian neighbors. As Cardinal Ghislieri, the Pope had formerly been at the head of the Roman Inquisition, in which capacity he led the assault on Jewish literature during the preceding decade. With him the policy of repression resumed. On ff. 14r.-15v. the infamous regulations of 1555 were renewed and the concessions made by his predecessor Pope Pius IV revoked. By the terms of Cum Nimis Absurdum, the Papal Bull issued by Paul IV in 1555, a ghetto was established in Rome, Jewish economic activities were circumscribed, synagogues limited to one per town, and contact between Jews and Christians forbidden. Cecil Roth, The Jews of Italy (1946), pp. 294-305; EJ IV, col. 1496 and XIII, col. 857