EARLY DUBROVNIK PRINTING

Besjedde Duhovne oza Bernarda Zuzzeri Dubrovcjanina Druscbe Jesussove recene prid skupsctinom dobre smærti u zærkvi S. Ignazia u Dubrovniku [Spiritual discussions by Bernard Zuzoric of Dubrovnik, of the Society of Jesus, spoken before the Confraternity of the Good Death in the Church of St. Ignatius in Dubrovnik] .

Dubrovnik, Andrea Trevisan, 1793.

4to., pp. xxiv, 424; some short wormtracks, mostly to the gutter but touching the odd line in a few places, outer edge of O1-4 mostly gnawed away (touching several letters); a good copy, uncut, in the original blue drab paper wrappers, wormed, spine worn.

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First edition of a collection of sermons by the Croatian Jesuit Bernard Zuzorić (1683-1762). The Jesuit College in Dubrovnik had been established in 1658, but Zuzorić became a novitiate in Rome; although the praise of his superiors led him towards a professorship of rhetoric, he abandoned his studies to return to the Croatian mission. The present volume, of sermons delivered before the Confraternity of the Good Death in the newly completed church of St. Ignatius in Dubrovnik (built 1699-1725), is testament to the fluidity of his oratory and contains six cycles of 23 sermons, plus nine on the feast-day of St. Francis Xavier.

Zuzorić (also Cuceric, or Zuzzeri) was born in Dubrovnik, entered the Jesuit order in 1697, and in 1719 returned to the Croatian mission. He was later recalled to Rome, where he died in 1762.

The printer Andrea Trevisan, of Venetian origin, was successor to Carlo Antonio Occhi, who had set up Dubrovnik’s first press in 1783. Occhi’s ‘stamperia privilegiata’ soon folded, and Trevisan began printing in around 1789. Most of the early works of the Dubrovnik press related to the Society of Jesus, but this is among the first by a Croatian author.

Together OCLC and KvK find copies at National Library of Croatia, McMaster, Staatsbibliothek Berlin and Tübingen.

Sommervogel VIII, 1542, 3.

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