Trattato de gli instrumenti di martirio e delle varie maniere di martoriare usate da’ gentili contro Christiani, descritte et intagliate in rame. Con la tavola nel fine di tutte le cose piu notabili.

Rome, Donangeli, 1591.

4to, pp. [iv], 159, [9]; title printed in red and black; 46 full-page engraved plates within typographical border, signed by Antonio Tempesta, with printed cartouches on the verso; marginal repair to title-page, second leaf reinforced at gutter, one or two small skilful repairs, last four leaves (index) remargined along the outer edge, but a good copy with engravings in good, dark impression, in nineteenth-century half vellum, red morocco lettering-piece on the spine; ownership inscription (‘Hieronimus Michaelis’) on the title-page.


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First edition of this very vividly illustrated catalogue of instruments of martyrdom staging the torments suffered by Christian martyrs throughout history, published by the Jesuit Antonio Gallonio. On p. 136 a curious observation associates contemporary English Catholic martyrs ‘killed in our days by order of the new Jezabel, that is Elisabeth’ with the deaths of the Roman martyrs under Nero.

Brunet II, 1468.

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