THE EXTREMELY RARE FIRST EDITION OF THIS IMPORTANT ILLUSTRATED VERNACULAR ROSARY
4to. [21 x 16 cm]. (12), 276 pp. Signatures A4, A2, B-???4. With engraved allegorical title-page and 21 full-page engravings in text. Complete. Bound in modern velum, with modern endpapers.
Title-page with loss around edges, laid down; pages slightly browned and dampstained from pp. 123-182. Worming to pp. 108-150, mostly in blank margin but affecting corner of engraving on pp. 114, 124, 144 (see photos). Ownership inscription of 'Francesco Lucarelli' dated 1636 on leaf 2A1, along with a faded stamp at lower margin.
See bookseller Nina Musinky's excellent description online of the 1576 edition, from which we quote:
Andrea Giannetti (or Zannetti, d. 1575) compiled the text in 1572 from various passages from the spiritual writings of the Spanish Dominican, and it was first printed in Rome in 1573, also at the Angeli press. The first part contains a short history of the rosary devotion, a list of the stations of the churches in Rome and their respective indulgences, various relevant papal decrees, and guidelines for the state of mind that the faithful should cultivate when performing the prayer. The main part of the text contains a series of meditations on the 15 mysteries, divided into the traditional three sections of the joyful, sorrowful and glorious rosaries (gaudioso, doloroso, glorioso), devoted respectively to the Annunciation, Nativity and childhood of Christ; the Passion; and the Resurrection, Assumption, Pentecost and Coronation of the Virgin.
Here, each of the three sections is illustrated with five large engravings, one for each mystery, and with a preliminary allegorical engraving of a rosebush, with a central branch-enclosed hollow enclosing an emblem of the main theme (respectively the Madonna with the Child, the Pietà, and the Virgin Crowned), and five large five-petaled roses containing medallions holding miniature versions of each of the scenes shown in the full-page engravings. Of the three further engravings, in the preliminary and final sections (the latter containing various prayers), one shows the author preaching to three eminences, identified by Ruth Mortimer as Pope Gregory XIII, the Emperor Maximilian II, and Philip II of Spain...
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- Number of Books
- Art, Illustrated, Religion
- Author/ Illustrator
- Adamo de Mantua & Granada, Luis de
- Book Title
- Rosario figurato della Sacratissima Vergine Maria madre di Dio nostra avocata
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Rome: Guiseppe de gl'Angeli
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 21×16 cm