Alexander VII, Pope (i. e. Fabio Chigi, 1599-1667). Papal bull.

Rome, "Non[is] Martii", i. e. 7 March 1656.

Oblong 4to (290 x 175 mm). Latin manuscript on vellum. 1 p. With Alexander's lead bulla attached on a hemp cord.


Dispensation of consanguinity to the 4th degree for the marriage of a François Louvet and Françoise La Fière addressed to the bishop of Séez (Orne). Well preserved document with two initials on the plica and six initals of the first line in floral baroque calligraphy issued in the second year of Alexander's pontificate (1655-67) that is best remembered for his ambitious urban and architectural projects in Rome carried out by Gianlorenzo Bernini and other leading artists.

Countersigned by members of the Apostolic Chancery and summarized in Latin (verso). Traces of folds with minimal tears; a line of small tears due to worming or rubbing. A round section cut out (not affecting the text).

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