Bulla de plenissima indulgencia, concedida por la Santidad de Urbano Octavo, de felice recordacion, en favor, y ayuda de las Animas de los Fieles Difuntos, para la Segunda Predicacion de la Decima Quinta Concession, para todas las tierras de Peru, Tierra-Firme, y sus partidos. NEW WORLD. INDULGENCES. PURGATORY.
Bulla de plenissima indulgencia, concedida por la Santidad de Urbano Octavo, de felice recordacion, en favor, y ayuda de las Animas de los Fieles Difuntos, para la Segunda Predicacion de la Decima Quinta Concession, para todas las tierras de Peru, Tierra-Firme, y sus partidos...
Bulla de plenissima indulgencia, concedida por la Santidad de Urbano Octavo, de felice recordacion, en favor, y ayuda de las Animas de los Fieles Difuntos, para la Segunda Predicacion de la Decima Quinta Concession, para todas las tierras de Peru, Tierra-Firme, y sus partidos...

Bulla de plenissima indulgencia, concedida por la Santidad de Urbano Octavo, de felice recordacion, en favor, y ayuda de las Animas de los Fieles Difuntos, para la Segunda Predicacion de la Decima Quinta Concession, para todas las tierras de Peru, Tierra-Firme, y sus partidos...

N.p. [Madrid], 1750.

Price: $2,900.00

Folio: Broadside: 31 x 21 cm. 1 ff. Fine. Housed in an early 20th century cloth slipcase, front board tooled in gold.

A very rare and attractive broadside papal bull, embellished with four woodcuts: Saints Paul and Francis, the arms of the reigning pope (Pope Benedict XIV), the arms and xylographic signature of Francisco Pérez de Prado y Cuesta (1678-1755), Commissar General of the Holy Crusade and Grand Inquisitor; and the cross of el Consejo y Comisaría de Cruzada (Council and Commissariat of the Crusade). This copy is in fine, crisp condition, untrimmed, horizontal fold, a little curling at the extremities. With blank (“unaccomplished”) spaces where the name of the purchaser, the deceased to whom the indulgence is granted, and the date are to be written.

By this bull, originally issued by Pope Urban VIII (1623-1644), the souls of Peru and Tierra Firme (encompassing regions in present-day Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, Jamaica, etc.) are granted a plenary indulgence for releasing a soul from Purgatory.

The text explains that the souls of Purgatory need our prayers so desperately that the living must help them, because they cannot help themselves. By purchasing the plenary indulgence offered in this bull, a person can liberate the soul of a loved one from that horrible prison, where fire burns away the soul’s sin.

Attending, therefore, to the needs of those souls, by means of this bull, the pope, “opening the treasury of the Church, concedes a plenary indulgence to the souls of the Faithful Dead, who suffer in Purgatory.” The bull ends with the formula “and insomuch as you [blank space for purchaser] have given two tomines of Spanish silver, on behalf of the soul [blank space for name of the deceased], and have received this bull, the aforementioned plenary indulgence is granted. Given at Madrid a [space for day and month] 1750.”

A similar indulgence was printed for New Spain and the Philippines in 1676 (UT San Antonio only in North America), 1750 (Univ. Colorado Boulder only in North America). The indulgence for Peru and Tierra Firme was re-issued in 1754, under Commissar General Andrés de Zerezo y Nieva (Penn only in North America).