8vo, pp. 14; a clean copy recently wrapped using early nineteenth-century patterned paper; late eighteenth-century ink inscription to title, from the library of the Carmelites in Brescia.
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Breve notitia della traslatione del corpo di S. Paolo Primo Eremita
First and only edition, very rare, of this account of the translation of the remains of St Paul of Thebes, known as Paul, the First Hermit or Paul the Anchorite (third/fourth century), the first Christian hermit. It was compiled by the theologian who would become Prior of one of the most important monasteries of the entire Pauline Order (founded in Hungary in the thirteenth century), the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lepoglava, Croatia. Krištolovec (Christolovecz, Kristolovec, Kristolovecz, Kristolovez, or Krisztolovecz, 1658–1730) was Vicar General of the Order in the year of this publication, and became instrumental in negotiating the separation of the Croatian Paulines from the Hungarian province. The account is in fact a brief history of the order itself, built around the key event of the (contested) translation of the Hermit’s remains from Venice to Hungary in the fifteenth century and culminating with the dispersal of the body following Turkish incursions.
ICCU and OCLC show no copies. KVK finds one, at the Kreisbibliothek Bodenseekreis Salem.
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[Bill issued for all parishes of Milan by the chancery of the Archbishop of Milan proclaiming a solemn procession to fend off crop failure.]
An apparently unrecorded poignant witness to an all-too-common ancestral fear: the real possibility of crop failure following a frosty spring. In April 1710 lingering frost must have caused great anxiety. The Archbishop of Milan orders a solemn procession to be held by the entire clergy of the diocese, starting from the Cathedral towards the ancient church of S. Ambrose, with the singing of the penitential psalm Miserere.
Sagre offerte alla passione di nostro Signore Gesu Cristo con varie orazioni. Si aggiungono i Pensieri cristiani per ciascun giorno del mese.
Rare first edition of a devotional work in Italian and Latin printed in Rome. It is complemented with fine engravings, most notably the frontispiece, which shows a heroic Jesus resurrected holding the cross in a classically outlined body. A subsequent slighter edition was published twenty years later.