Missae episcopales pro sacris ordinibus conferendis, secundum ritum sacrosanctae Romanae Ecclesiae …

Venice, [(colophon:) heirs of Lucantonio] Giunta, 1563.

Folio in 8s, ff. 152, 12; printed in blackletter in red and black and rubricated in yellow by hand, headings in Roman, with woodcut illustrations and initials throughout, full-page woodcut Crucifixion and historiated border each printed 7 times, woodcut Giunta device printed to title in red and a second device to colophon, printed music; marginal tear to f. 62 (not affecting text), 3 small wax stains to f. 63; an excellent copy in contemporary Lyonnais sheep painted and gilt (arms of Antoine d’Albon blocked within gilt and painted mandorla, inner panel of a repeated gilt fleuron, outer panels painted black between gilt fillets, composite designs tooled at centres and corners, gilt semis of points grouped in threes), spine tooled in blind, vestigial ties to fore-edge, edges gilt, sewn on 5 double and 2 single thongs, spine lined with manuscript waste; a little scuffed, tail-cap lost with short split to lower joint, old minor restorations to corners and end-caps; nineteenth-century armorial bookplate of Ferdinand-François-Auguste Donnet (1795–1882, titular Bishop of Rhosus and coadjutor bishop of Nancy 1835-’36, Archbishop of Bordeaux 1837-’82) to upper pastedown, erased ink-stamp to front free endpaper, later bookplates ‘L. Froissart’ and ‘J-J.S.'.


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A handsome Giunta pontifical with episcopal provenance, printed in red and black with extensive woodcut illustration and splendidly preserved in a striking and strictly contemporary painted and tooled binding for the archbishop of Lyons, Antoine d’Albon.

The pontifical, containing episcopal rites and sacraments, is here attractively interspersed with woodcuts depicting the various duties of a bishop, each illustrating the text around it. Each section is introduced by a full-page depiction of the Crucifixion and a border showing the Life of Christ in ten scenes, while a further series of large woodcuts show additional scenes, most affectingly the Entombment.

Antoine d’Albon (1507–1574), an effective administrator both ecclesiastical and secular, was rewarded for his services to Catherine de Medici during the minorities of Charles IX, with the archbishopric of Arles in 1561, and of Lyons in 1563. His staunch opposition to Huguenots oversaw burning books in Lyons and promoting Jesuits in the city, including allowing the Society to take over the formerly dissentious Collège de la Trinité in 1565.

EDIT16 11861; USTC 820545; not in Adams.

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