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    A Magnificent and Stately Item from the Vatican's Secret Archives

    [Knights Templar]. Processus Contra Templarios. Exemplaria praetiosa III. Vaticano: Archivio Segreto Vaticano, [2007]. First edition. Two folio volumes. Limited to 799 numbered sets, this being number 304. Text volume in Latin, Italian, and English, printed on specially made cotton paper, with three engraved plates, accompanying portfolio containing facsimile manuscripts and Papal seals in elaborate leather pockets decorated in gilt, publisher's vellum over wooden boards, text volume lettered in gilt, spine of portfolio with onlaid leather strapwork and ties, preserved in single wallet-style limp goatskin portfolio, with ties, original velour bag and original packaging material. Book and portfolio very fine, virtually as new.

    This lavishly-designed production originated from the Vatican Secret Archives and possesses all of the pomp and extravagance one might expect from the Stato della Città del Vaticano. The work documents the papal hearings which eventually led to the suppression of the Templar order. From the prospectus: "The ancient parchments, and among them the Chinon paper which includes the papal acquittal upon the accusations against the Knights Templar, the private agenda with notes likely written by [P]ope Clemens V. The surviving acts of the pontiff inquiry, kept at the Vatican Secret Archive, show to what extent the pope himself aimed to save and preserve the existence of the Templar Order, assigning it a new role upon restoration of its habits and rules."

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