CAPREOLUS, Helias. De confirmatione Christianae fidei. Brescia, Bernardinus de Misintis, 31 May 1497.
2 works, 4to, ff. 116; 8 (last blank); crisp, wide-margined copies, ownership inscription (Laurentius Terranova) in the first leaf of text, a few ink annotations; in 19th century quarter sheep, plum cloth boards, a little rubbed.
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De patientia aurei libri tres.
First edition of Mantuanus’s work containing -on recto of m3- a lengthy reference to America, one of the very few 15th century instances: a ‘mention of discoveries of islands in the Atlantic, noting their size and the fact that they are inhabited. Because none of the ancient geographers knew of them, the author assumes that they have only lately been discovered’ (Bell). The book also gives accounts of other discoveries in Africa and the far East. Conceived primarily as a Carmelite guide to meditation and spiritual exercises, Mantuanus’ work also explores physical well-being and medicine, with a long section on diseases with also discusses mental illness.
Bound with another rare incunable: the first appearance of Capreolus’ tract on the Christian faith. (3 copies in the US: Huntington, Yale and Seidman library; 2 in the UK: BL and Cardiff).
I: European Americana 497/1; GW 3304; Goff B76; Pell 1810; Polain (B) 486; IGI 1189; Bell B33; not in Harisse or Sabin.
II: Goff C127; HCR 4409; Pell 3233; CIBN C-66; Nice 67; IDL 1125; IBE 1430; IGI 2440; Madsen 1007; Šimáková-Vrchotka 522; Pr 7042; BMC VII 991; BSB-Ink C-100; GW 6031.
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