32, 612 pp. volume on the seven pilgrim churches of Rome, divided into seven sections including information on the churches, the origins of the Seven-Church Walk, and what can be gained from making the pilgrimage, notes, indices. Scattered small illustrations and decorative capitals, one large engraved folding plate depicting the city of Jerusalem with locations numbered within the image and identified in a corresponding legend. Small 4to. Old vellum, some minor soiling, small losses, minor worm-holing to back cover, title and author handwritten to spine in ink. Fermo, Italy (Filippo e Fabio-Maria Lazzarini) 1763. Rossetti 5061, Schudt 512, Sicari 417. Provenance: From the library of Sergio Rossetti.
The tradition of visiting the four major Papal basilicas of Rome and the three most significant of the minor basilicas was begun by St. Philip Neri around 1553. The itinerary he drew up included Santa Maria Maggiore, San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, San Giovanni in Laterano, San Sebastiano fuori le mura, San Paolo fuori le mura, and San Pietro in Vaticano. The walk would take place on the Wednesday of Holy Week, and at each church the group of pilgrims would pray and sing hymns before having a simple meal at the gardens of Villa Mattei. A scarce work; as of May 2018, WorldCat locates only 4 holdings in North America. Book ID: 48908