A Jacobite Gazetteer - The Vatican

Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana

The Vatican Library presently holds 32 volumes which were formerly in the library of King Henry IX and I. These works were transferred from the Seminary of Frascati to the Vatican Library between March 2 and March 11, 1944 when they were threatened by Allied bomb raids.

The books include at least three works which belonged to King James III and VIII: a Book of Hours bound for Catherine de' Medici, a work of Scottish history with portraits of the kings of Scotland from Robert Bruce to James VIII, and a travel diary of James III and VIII. 1

The Library owns several engravings of King Henry by Pier Antonio Pazzi (born 1706) after a drawing by Giovanni Domenico Campiglia (1692-1772). There are also a number of other rare works about the Stuarts, e.g. the funeral oration of King James III and VIII by Francesco Saverio Rezza.


1 N. Vian, "La biblioteca del Cardinale di York ricuperata fra le rovine di Frascati a opera della Biblioteca Vaticana", Ecclesia 3 (1944) fasc. 7, p. 24-26.

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