8vo, pp. 64; title within typographic border with woodcut skull and crossed bones, smaller woodcut of the same incorporated in a typographic headpiece on p. 3; slight thumbing, otherwise a very good copy; in later nineteenth-century half cloth with black paper sides; contemporary ink note (‘voltate il foglio’) to p. 9.
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Uffizio de’ morti, ad uso delle confraternite e congregazioni.
An apparently unrecorded Turin-printed Office of the Dead, with striking woodcut memento mori ornaments, printed for the use of religious congregations and confraternities. The Uffizio de’ morti, outlining the liturgy used in commemoration of the dead, is accompanied by a notice on the final page explaining the efficacy of prayers for the departed and encouraging monks and nuns to pray for each other and to pray ‘with zeal and fervour’.
The printer Bernardino Barberis was active in Turin from 1799 to 1820, publishing religious texts alongside principally medical and scientific works.
No copies traced on OCLC or ICCU.
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