BARBERINI and LODOVICO LUDOVISI, CARDINALS.
Italian manuscript on paper, entitled "Diverse Instrucio[ni] di Nunciatu[ure]," being a book of instructions to Papal Nuncios, [Italy, likely Rome, February 9, 1621-July 8, 1623].
Folio (293 x 250 mm).  ff, in brown ink in a cursive hand. Period vellum over boards, title in manuscript to spine. Vellum soiled, light spotting to first and least few leaves.
Provenance: Cardinal Antonio Xavier Gentili (bookstamp); Mss Di Cavze 26j in manuscript to first leaf.
AN IMPORTANT 17TH CENTURY MANUSCRIPT ON VATICAN INTERNATIONAL POLICY SIGNED SEVERAL TIMES BY BOTH CARDINAL BARBERINI (later Pope Urban VIII) AND CARDINAL LODOVICO LUDOVISI (influential nephew of Gregory XV). Consisting of extensive instructions to the Nuncios and other papal representatives in a number of countries during the reign of Gregory XV (Alessandro Ludovisi), including France, Savoy, Spain, Portugal, Naples, Toscana, Cologne, and Vienna. Gregory XV's short reign fell during a particularly tumultuous period in Europe which witnessed the 30-Years War and the Huguenot Rebellions, tensions between Curia and England, and quarrels between Spain and Austria over the Valtelline country. Gregory XV was heavily involved in each of these conflicts, and his role is undoubtedly treated in detail in the manuscript.