Subject: Biography, Esotericism, Freemasonry, History Author/ Illustrator: Giovanni Barberi Book Title: Compendio della vita e delle gesta di Giuseppe Balsamo denominato il Conte Cagliostro Condition: Very good Publication year oldest item: 1791 Language: Italian Original language: Yes Publisher: Stamperia della Rev Camera Apostolica Binding/ Material: Half leather Number of pages: 216 Dimensions: 19×12.5 cm Giovanni Barberi Compendio della vita e delle gesta di Giuseppe Balsamo denominato il Conte Cagliostro che si è estratto dal processo contro di lui formato in Roma l anno 1790. E che può servire di scorta per conoscere l\'indole della Setta de Liberi Muratori 1791 edition without plates, unlike others printed by the same printer in the same year, in good condition, some signs of use and rare, as well as very slight, foxing. Half leather hardcover. 216 pages. Printed by the printing house of the Rev. Apostolic Chamber of Rome in 1791 while the trial against Cagliostro was still in progress. Rare and important work to understand the life of count Cagliostro and for the description of some secret rituals of Freemasonry. The most truthful biography of Cagliostro (1743-1795), written by Barberi (Rome 1748-1821), who was a magistrate of the famous trial held in Rome by the Holy Office and which ended with the conviction to life imprisonment against the Sicilian adventurer. When investigating the author used inaccessible documentation in the possession of the Holy Inquisition. The first part of this work, divided into four sections, deals with the life of Cagliostro; the second with the history of masonry and of the Egyptian Rite invented by him; the third with the relationship between Cagliostro and the Masonic circles, and finally the last part deals with the lodge.