The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita (commonly called the Alta Vendita, "high marketplace") is a document originally published in Italian in 1859, claimed by some Catholics to have been produced by the highest lodge[1] of the Italian Carbonari and written by "Piccolo Tigre" ("Little Tiger")

Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita
Cover of 1999 book on the Alta Vendita which contains important excerpts of the Permanent Instruction, published by Vennari
AuthorItalian Carbonari (allegedly)
GenreReligion, politics
Published1859; recently 1999 (TAN Books & Publishers)

"Piccolo Tigre" is supposedly the pseudonym of a Jewish Freemason (according to George F. Dillon, a proponent of the theory a Masonic war against Christian civilisation).[2]



The author, who wrote under the pseudonym "Piccolo Tigre" is also claimed to be the author of other 19th century Masonic documents.[3]

Outcome and legacy


Popes Pius IX[4] urged the Alta Vendita to be exposed to public scrutiny. It was first published in Jacques Crétineau-Joly's book L'Église romaine en face de la Révolution in 1859.

The document was popularised in the English speaking world by Monsignor George F. Dillon's 1885 book War of Anti-Christ with the Church and Christian Civilization.[5]

Alta Vendita was analyzed in a monograph by John Vennari.[6]

See also



  1. ^ "At the head was the alta vendita, to which deputies were chosen from the other vendite." Catholic Encyclopedia: Carbonari
  2. ^ Dillon, George F. (1885). War of Antichrist with the Church and Christian Civilization: Lectures Delivered in Edinburgh in October 1884. M.H. Gill & Son. p. 72.
  3. ^ "Heritage History | War of Anti-Christ with the Church by Rev. G. E. Dillon". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  4. ^ "This little booklet reprints a collection of papers — reputedly from 1820s Alta Vendita correspondence — published by authority of Pope Pius IX (1846-1878) in 1859." Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon (2004-12-15). "Anti-masonry Frequently Asked Questions:"Q 10. Doesn't the Alta Vendita prove that Freemasonry is anti-Catholic?"". Archived from the original on 16 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-14.
  5. ^ Republished by Denis Fahey in 1950 as Grand Orient Freemasonry Unmasked as the Secret Power Behind Communism
  6. ^ Vennari, John (1999). The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita: A Masonic Blueprint for the Subversion of the Catholic Church. Tan Books and Publishers, Incorporated. ISBN 978-0-89555-644-8.