The Life and Pontificate of Leo the Tenth.
London: M'Creery, 1806. 6 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A classic early Victorian full calf with gilt raised bands, twin label and fine floral gilt tooling to the panels. Speckled pink edges. Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst. Foxing to preliminaries otherwise clean. Scratch in the bottom panel of volume III. Leo X, Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici, was the second son of Lorenzo de' Medici. He was a great patron of the Arts who indulged in a colourful and varied life as Pope, having stated upon election 'since God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it'.