Secreta monita Societatis Jesu. The Secret Counsels of the Society of Jesus, in Latin and English . . . to which is prefixed, A Discourse on the Authenticity of the Work, by Robert J. Breckenridge [sic]. Anti-Catholic, Robert J. Breckinridge.

Secreta monita Societatis Jesu. The Secret Counsels of the Society of Jesus, in Latin and English . . . to which is prefixed, A Discourse on the Authenticity of the Work, by Robert J. Breckenridge [sic].

Baltimore: Edward J. Coale & Co., 1835. First Breckinridge edition. Original printed yellow wrappers, 7.13 x 4.63 inches, 103, [1] pages, stitched as issued. Light damp stain along the lower edges of the text block; wrappers a little dust-soiled; in very good condition. Item #19137

Conspiracy theory squarely in the American grain: the Kentucky Old School Presbyterian here recirculates the popular libel against the Jesuits, typical of his anti-Catholic efforts in print. The dedication of the pamphlet to the then-Archbishop of Baltimore, “believed, by many, to belong to the Order of Jesuits” (Samuel Eccleston was in fact a Sulpician) suggests to the prelate that this pamphlet “requires him to refute the book if false; or, to admit its genuineness, if it is true.” The first American edition of the Secreta monita Societatis Jesu appears to have been published in Princeton in 1831. Small neat stamped red ink number at the head of the title page (but no other signs of library accession). American Imprints 30627.

Price: $150.00