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paper should be Printed (as if S. Peter had bequeath'd then the keys of the Presse also out of Paradise) unlesse it were approv'd and licenc't under the hands of 2 or 3 glutton Friers. For example: Let the Chancellor Cini be pleas'd to
fee if in this present work be contain’d ought that may withstand the Printing,
Vincent Rabatta Vicar of Florence.
· I have seen this present work, and
find nothing athwart the Catholick faith and good manners : In witnesse whereof I have given, &c. Nicolò Cini Chancellor of Florence.
Attending the precedent relation, it is
allow'd that this present work of
Vincent Rabatta, &c.
cellor of the holy office in Flo
Sure they have a conceit, if he of the bottomlefse pit had not long since broke prison, that this quadruple exorcism would barre him down. I feare their next designe will be to get into their custody the licencing of that which they say * Claudius intended, but went not
* Quo veniam daret flatum crepitumque ventris in convivio emittendi. Sueton. in Claudio,
through with. Voutsafe to see another of their forms the Roman ftamp: Imprimatur, If it seem good to the reverend Master of the holy Palace,
Belcastro Vicegerent. . · Imprimatur,
Friar Nicolò Rodolphi Master
of the holy Palace. Sometimes 5 Imprimaturs are seen together dialogue-wise in the Piatza of one Title page, complementing and ducking each to other with their shav’n reverences, whether the Author, who stands by in perplexity at the foot of his Epistle, shall to the Presse or to the spunge. These are the pretty responsories, these are the deare Antiphonies that so be. wicht of late our Prelats, and their Chap
laines with the goodly Eccho they made; and befotted us to the gay imitation of a lordly Imprimatur, one from Lambeth house, another from the West end of Pauls; fo apishly Romanizing, that the word of command still was set downe in Latine; as if the learned Grammaticalb pen that wrote it, would cast no ink without Latine : or perhaps, as they thought, because no vulgar tongue was worthy to expresse the pure conceit of an Imprimatur ; but rather, as I hope, for that our English, the language of men ever famous, and formost in the atchievements of liberty, will not easily finde servile letters anow to spell such a dictatorie presumption Englisht. And thus ye have the Inventors and the oria ginall of Book-licencing ript up, and drawn as lineally as any pedigree. We have it not, that can be heard of, from any ancient State, or politie, or Church, not by any Statute left us by our Ancestors elder or later; nor from the moderne custom of any reformed Citty, or Church abroad; but from the most Antichristian Councel, and the most tyrannous Inquisition that ever inquir’d. Till then Books were ever as freely admitted into the World as any other birth; the issue of the brain was no more stif’d then the issue of the womb : no envious suno fate crof-leg’d over the nativity of any mans intellectuall off-spring; but if it prov'd a Monster, who denies, but that it was justly burnt, or sunk into the Sea.