Early incunabula, gold hand-illuminated. Drop caps illuminated in gold by hand. Year 1471.
Editio Princeps and first edition, printed in only 300 copies as stated in the dedication to Pius IV, by the first Italian printer to print in Rome.
One of the first books ever printed in Italy.
The dedication reads:
‘Feceram Sanctissime pater : tue Sanctitatis de Sanguine Christi et de Potenzia Dei libellos fere TRECENTOS impressorio artifitio...’ - Most Holy Father, we made THREE HUNDRED copies of your book ‘De Sanguine Christi et de Potenzia Dei’, which I have given as a gift to many distinguished personalities of dignity and science.
It was therefore born as a first edition for a few illustrious personalities.
Large drop cap illuminated in gold, blue and green. Drop caps illuminated in blue.
Editio Princeps was first undated print run but certainly soon after August 10, 1471; many other copies of later editions dated 1473 and 1474 are known, but most of the known copies of this edition are incomplete.
HC * 14797; BMC II, 446 (IB. 7586); Goff S-580; Polain (B) 3552.
Lignamine, Sicilian, was the first Italian to open a printing press in Rome for printing with movable types, in 1470 he printed ‘Vite dei dodici Cesari’ by Suetonius and the editio princeps of Quintilian’s ‘Institutiones oratoriae’, the following year these two books, dedicated to Pope Sixtus IV, who was his close friend.
Coeval sow leather binding, embossed on wooden panels. Concentric frames on the plates. 8 studded attachments for laces that are not present. Parchment spine restored ab antiquo. The bottom margins of the first two sheets were restored professionally.
The last two sheets are connected to the binding. Slightly loose binding.
Pp. [2 blank]; Incipit De sanguine Christi 228; Incipit De Dei potentia 24; Register; Dedication of the two works 2; [2 blank]; 29 lines.
The signature GOD. AL. which is also located at the end of Augustina, printed in Subiaco in 1467 (IC 17011), is probably of the proofreader and typewriter.
Sixtus IV, whose extraordinary support of the arts is also manifested by the enrichment of the Vatican Library
It is essentially to the period before the elevation to the pontificate that the theological-philosophical writings of della Rovere date back. In the early 1960s he drafted the treatise ‘De sanguine Christi’.
In the work he defends the Franciscan (Scotist) thesis that the blood of Christ shed before his resurrection does not maintain the divine nature. The Dominicans argued the opposite thesis of the divine nature of blood. The question, apparently only theological, in fact also implied the validity of numerous relics preserved in different places of worship.
Della Rovere’s work aimed to reconcile the different theories, according to a tendency to connect the two schools that is typical of his thought.
It is kept in various editions, especially in the Biblioteca apostolica Vaticana, in the Vat. Lat. 1052, with dedication to Pius II and traces of long revisions (description in Pelzer, 1931, p. 590; Scarcia Piacentini, 1986, pp. 137, 146). The composition of ‘De potentia Dei’ dates back to the years of cardinalate of della Rovere, after 1467. Against the Tomistic views on the close unity of rationality and will in God, he once again defended Scotist thesis on the power of God, infinite and not subject to any law.
Giovanni Filippo De Lignamine (sometimes Latinized in Johannes Philippus de Lignamine, or popularized in Giovanni Filippo La Legname; Messina, about 1428 - ...) was the first Italian to open a printing press in Rome for printing with movable types, in 1428 he printed ‘Vite dei dodici Cesari’ by Suetonius and the editio princeps of Quintilian’s ‘Institutiones oratoriae’, the following year these two books, dedicated to Pope Sixtus IV, who was his close friend.
De sanguine Christi et De potentia Dei.
Paulo 2. Veneto pontifici maximo: F. tituli sancti Petri ad uincula S.R.E. presbyteri cardinalis de sanguine Christi prefatio incipit
SIXTUS IV (Pope, Francesco della Rovere, 1414-1484).
[Roma]: Johannes Philippus de Lignamine, [10 agosto 1471].
- Nombre de livres
- Incunable et premières impressions, Religion
- Auteur/ Illustrateur
- Pope Sisto IV
- Titre du livre
- De sanguine Christi et De potentia Dei
- Bon état
- Année de publication de l’ouvrage le plus ancien
- Langue originale
- Johannes Philippus de Lignamine, [dopo il 10 agosto 1471].
- Édition limitée
- Nombre de pages
- 312×213 mm