(PIUS IX, Blessed Pope) (1792-1878)
Born Giovanni Mastai-Ferretti. Named archbishop of Spoleto at the age of 35. Pope from 1846-78. He was, at the time, the longest-reigning elected pope in the history of the Catholic Church, serving for over 31 years. During his pontificate, Pius IX convened the First Vatican Council (1867-70), which decreed papal infallibility. Unfortunately, the Council was cut short […]
(PIUS IX) (1792-1878)
D – Document: Handsome woodcut print, measure 13″x10″ of Pius the Ninth In Council; Published by The Graphic, London, December 1862. In near-mint condition. Reverse bears biographical description of all illustrated in the woodcut print. Wonderful piece of papal memorabilia.
(PIUS VII) (circa 1800-23)
MS – Manuscript, one and one–quarter pages, unknown signature endorsement at end. Appears to be some kind of petition to Pius VII from the noble family of Giuseppe and Maria Fornari of Rieti. Mentions bequeath to the cathedral and other matters. Accompanied by original mailing panel to the Bishop of Rieti. Odd little bit of […]
(PIUS XII) (1876-1958)
Pope from 1938 until his death. Let the Roman Catholic Church through the particularly turbulent period of WWII. Photograph: studio, matte-finish, sepia tone portrait in side profile. Stamped Foto Baumgartner, Riproduzione Interdetta. Measure 4.25″6.25″ mounted to a heavy-weight art board. Would pair nicely with an autograph of Pius XII or as Cardinal-Pacelli, secretary of state. […]