Lea, Henry C. An Historical Sketch of Sacerdotal Celibacy in the Christian Church. Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1884. Second Edition, Enlarged. 
Russet pebble cloth with borders in blind, gilt title to spine, 6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches, light scuffing & shelf-wear, binding tight. xx., (17)-682 pp. including index, then 2 pp. adverts. The book is complete, the discrepancy in page numbers after the table of contents is due to this edition being enlarged. Infrequent pencil marginalia towards the beginning of the volume; some pages remain unopened. Very good. Hardcover.
Henry Charles Lea (1825-1909), a native of Philadelphia, historian, author and publisher, the son of the Quaker naturalist and publisher Isaac Lea; the grandson of the famed Catholic publisher Matthew Carey. Lea was keenly interested in the history of the Middle Ages and his famed collection of manuscripts, incunabula, and rare books was donated to the University of Pennsylvania.
"So far as I am aware, no work of the kind exists in English literature, and those which have appeared in the Continental languages are almost exclusively of a controversial character. It has been my aim to avoid polemics, and I have therefore sought merely to state the facts as I have found them, without regard to their bearing on either side of the questions involved. As these questions have long been the subject of ardent disputation, it has seemed proper to substantiate every statement with a reference to its authority. The scope of this work is designedly confined to the enforced celibacy of the sacerdotal class." - Preface.
Chapters: Asceticism; The Ante-Nicene Church; The Council of Nicea; Legislation; Enforcement of Celibacy; The Eastern Church; Monachism; The Barbarians; The Carlovingians; The Tenth Century; Saxon England; Peter Damiani; Milan; Hildebrand; Central Europe; France; Norman England; Ireland and Scotland; Spain; General Legislation; Results; The Military Orders; The Heresies; The Fifteenth Century; The Reformation in Germany; The Anglican Church; Calvinism; The Council of Trent; The Post-Tridentine Church; The Church and the Revolution; The Church of To-Day.