STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN THE COLOSSEUM

Metodo pratico della ven. archiconfraternita degli amanti di Gesu’, e di Maria per fare il santo esercizio della Via Crucis nell’anfiteatro Flavio detto il Colosseo ... Nuova edizione accresciuta di sacre figure, inni, canzonette, istruzioni e sommario delle indulgenze ...

Rome, nella stamperia del Giunchi, 1773.

12mo, pp. xxiv, 143, [1 blank], with 16 engraved plates; printed in red and black within frames, engraved vignette of the Virgin to half-title, woodcut initials and tail-pieces, woodcut of the Colosseum to p. 143; occasional light marks, small stain to corner of plate facing p. 73; very good in contemporary vellum sprinkled black, remains of paper ticket at foot of spine; slight bowing to boards.

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Handsome illustrated edition of this work on the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, or Via Crucis, by the Italian Franciscan preacher and ascetic writer Leonardo da Porto Maurizio (1676-1751). Leonard, who was canonised in 1867, was extremely active in promoting the spread of the devotion of the Via Crucis, erecting stations in no fewer than 572 locations throughout Italy while on his different missions, including, most famously, in the Colosseum at Rome in 1750, for the Roman Jubilee.

The plates comprise a frontispiece portrait of Leonardo (‘grande propagatore della Via Crucis’), images of the fourteen stations of the cross, and a depiction of Mater Dolorosa, alongside contemplative text, prayers, songs and hymns. The second part, entitled ‘Istruzioni utili, e necessarie per il santo esercizio della Via Crucis’ (from p. 95), covers the origin of the Via Crucis, its growing popularity, the establishment of the station in the Colosseum, indulgences relating to various other stations, and ends with an exhortation to the faithful to practice devotion of the Stations of the Cross.

Only the National Library of Scotland copy on COPAC. OCLC finds US copies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Harvard, Newberry, and SDSU.

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