The History of the Popes, From the Foundation of the See of Rome, to the Present Time
Archibald Bower (1686 1766) was a Scottish historian who became a Jesuit, then joined the Church of England, and then again became a Jesuit. A religious controversialist, his portrayal of many popes is far from flattering. He states in his Preface, "Truth has but one enemy to contend with, Education." Bower's intention was to tell posterity his version of the "truth." A name index appears at the end of volume 7.
Publisher: Printed for the Author
Edition: Third Edition
Date Published: 1750-1765
Place Published: London
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: 7 vols: Vol. 1: xviii, 411; Vol. 2: xxvi, 550; Vol. 3: 381; Vol. 4: 350; Vol. 5: 405; Vol. 6: 492; Vol. 7: 503 p. + index. 28 cm. Full leather with raised bands. Spines say "Quebec Library" in gilt. Hinges loosening. Corners worn. Bookplates on front pastedowns. Staining and foxing throughout. Vol. 1 has loosening spine label. Vols. 3 and 5 have slightly chipped spines. Vol. 1: Pencil marks page 13 and one endpaper torn out at rear. Vol. 2: Dark line on page 534. Vol. 3: Ink stains on front endpapers and bottom of page 31 chipped. Vol. 4: Large tear on page 7 and large stain on page 241 affecting nearby pages. A pencil note on a rear endpaper in this volume states "It is a very proper book for young people." Vol. 5: Large stain p. 23 and dark stain across top of 177. Hole in p. 254 and pp. 249 and 341 are creased. Vol. 6: Mark on p. 176 has affected surrounding pages. Red marginal marks pp. 208-213. Darker stains pp. 278-285. Vol. 7: Pencil doodling on endpapers, front free endpaper torn and p. 499 chipped.