London: Printed by Robert Barker, and Iohn Bill, Printers to the Kings Most Excellent Maiestie. 1629. 2nd Edition in English (STC 21762; cf. Lowndes IV, 1805 & PMM 118, for the 1st edition of 1619). , 881 [= 879],  pp. Printed glosses. Errors in pagination; omits pp 879-880. Printer device to t.p. Headpieces, tailpieces. Elaborate decorative initial capital letters. Folio: ¶6 A - 3Z6 4A - 4G4 4H6. Lacks ¶1, a blank. 13-1/4' x 8-1/4". Modern brown full leather binding, with gilt title lettering to spine & boards decorated in blind. Binding - Fine. Textblock - overall VG (early pos to t.p. margins/small inconsequential worming to lower text margin beginning 3H1). Item #28056
"The Council of Trent, the turning-point in the Counter-Reformation, created the modern Roman Catholic church. It represents not merely one of the decisive moments of the sixteenth century, but a moment whose influence is still felt all over Europe." The Council was convened in 1545 by Emperor Charles V in an effort to reconcile religious strife with Protestantism, however, dominated by the papacy, at its conclusion in 1563, the Council placed in the hands of the papacy an instrument which determined the evolution of the Roman Church for the next three centuries, culminating in the 1877 pronouncement of the dogma of papal infallibility.
Sarpi, a "devoted and honoured servant of the Venetian Republic"; recognized the full force of the acts of Council, which in turn motivated him to issue this work, his "masterpiece"; it later formed the nucleus of opposition to the papacy of Pius IV. The book is still read today. [PMM].