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LIGUORI CSSR, Saint Alphonsus (1686-1787)



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Italian Catholic bishop, spiritual writer, composer, musician, artist, poet, lawyer, scholastic philosopher and theologian. Declared a saint by Pope Gregory XVI in 1839 and proclaimed a doctor of the church by Pius IX in 1871.  One of the most widely read of Catholic authors, St. Liguori is the patron saint of confessors.

LS – Letter Signed, one page with integral address panel, 1765, to the publisher Reimondini, Venice. Reads:  Last week I advised you that I received two letters from you after a long silence. Included was a single sheet about my inquiry into Father Patuzzi. Therefore, except f.A., I am missing all of the other folios until the second last. Once again, I pray that you advise me of the number of volumes of St. Thomas and their cost as I lost your first letter.  I also desire the price of the three supplements of Fr. Ferraris.  I hope that the printing of the ‘Morale’ will have begun at this point.  Finally, I am waitng to know the price for #206. Apologies that I sent it to be bound in Naples rather than your firm in Venice. Generalized toning, usual folds but, given its age, in very good condition.  Uncommon and desirable.

Liguori founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, known as the Redemptorists, in November 1732. In 1762 he was appointed bishop of Sant’Agata del Goti after successfully having avoid prelature for more than 20 years. He published nine editions of his Moral Theology in his lifetime, in addition to other devotional and ascetic works and letters.

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