Paris: Gaume Freres, 1864. Hardcover. Troisieme Edition. (Third Edition.) Written by Roman Catholic author and theologian, Father Gaume (1802 - 1879). In this work he argues that the Renaissance is to blame for reintroducing the paganism of antiquity into modern times, which he considers to be the primary source of evil. Written in diary format, he discusses the art, architecture, and history of Italy with theological viewpoints interspersed. Ex-library with bookplate from the Congregation of SS. Redemptoris Neo-Aureliae of New Orleans in all three volumes. Stamp to title pages and half title pages of all volumes. Bound in full tan marbled leather with black and gilt title and volume labels to spines. Heavy rubbing to boards and wear to corners and edges of boards. Spots of foxing throughout; although, it is fairly light in color and does not affect legibility. Folding map of Rome to Volume I, folding map of catacombs to Volume IV, both with browning and closed tears. Marbled endpapers and full edges marbled. An attractive set despite the noted condition issues. IN FRENCH. Volume I is 508 pages; Volume II is 580 pages; Volume III is 569 pages. Extra shipping may be needed. FRE/081722. Very Good.