Mastrofini, Abbe [Marco]. (1763-1845) DISCUSSION SUR L'USURE, par M. l'Abbe Mastrofini; Ouvrage ou l'On Demontre que l'Usure Moderee N'est Contraire ni a l'Ecriture Sainte, ni au Droit Naturel, ni au Decisions de l'Eglise; Traduit de l'Italien, sur la 4me edition, par M. C..., Chanoine d'Annecy, Docteur et Professeur en Theologie; Suivi du Recueil des Decisions du Saint Siege qui ont paru dans ces derniers temps sur la Matiere de l'Usure
Lyon: F'cois Guyot, Libraire, 1834. 1834. Good
Lyon: F'cois Guyot, Libraire, 1834.. 1834.. Good. - Octavo, full brown calf titled in gilt between triple gilt rules on the spine. The binding is rubbed & bumped. A small area of the surface is rubbed away at the head of the spine & there are short tears to the tops of the joints. There is staining to the head & tail of the spine, the corners of the front cover & the lower section of the rear cover. iv & 523 pages. There is a paper repair to the prefatory material, with slight loss of text. There is dampstaining to the edges of the pastedowns & endpapers & to the top corners of the title & the following 3 leaves, with occasional staining throughout. A stamp on the title page reads: "Societatis Jesu Seminar Valsens". Good.
First French edition.
Italian ecclesiastical writer Marco Mastrofini was best known for this work on usury, originally published in Italian in 1831, in which he seeks to prove that "usury" is a relative term subject to different interpretations through the ages. The text is in French.
Mastrofini's book was an important contribution to the evolution of the Roman Catholic stand on usury. There are at least two scholarly commentaries on the work, one as late as 1943.