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The Vatican's secret archives have been the subject of lore for centuries and have spawned plenty of movies and novels. Now some of the Vatican's documents have been revealed in a new book, The Vatican Secret Archives. The 252-page book is full of color photos and represents a chronological journey through the meandering history of the past centuries starting with the Liber Diurnus Romanorum Pontificum, an old book containing formulas in use by the Papal Chancellery dating back to the end of the 8th or the beginning of the 9th century. Other documents include a letter from Mary Queen of Scots to Pope Sixtus V, a letter from Pius X to Hitler, and works from saints include St. Teresa of Avila.
The regular book is available from Amazon.com and other sources for around $100. But for the truly dedicated collector there is a limited edition of 33 which is handbound in the studio of the Vatican Secret Archives. The books will be printed on felt and handstitched with leather ties. Collectors editions will be numbered, stamped and certified. Each book will be made by request and can be ordered in Italian, English, French or Dutch and can be personalized. It sells for € 4,950. A press release from VdH Books states that there is also the possibility of paying a unique visit to the Vatican Secret Archives for the 33 buyers.
[via The Toronto Star]