Lettioni venti sopra gli alti, et ineffabili misteri della Messa, in publico lette nella chiesa di San Giovanni a Conca … 

Milan, Giovanni Battista da Ponte & fratelli, 1567.

8vo, pp. [16], 374, [10]; in italic, woodcut device to title, initials; title partly rebacked, small holes to inner margins of first few leaves, small mark to pp. 1-2; a very good, clean copy; recased in eighteenth-century vellum over boards, faint title in ink and remains of old paper label to spine; some small worm holes to spine.

£500

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US $631€591

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Very rare first edition of a collection of twenty sermons on the Mass delivered by the Ferrarese Carmelite Vallisneri in the church of San Giovanni in Conca, Milan, dedicated to the city’s archbishop Cardinal Carlo Borromeo. 

Written very much in the spirit of the Counter-Reformation, the sermons include a defence of priestly ministration of the sacraments ‘against the opinion of the heretics’.  The other sermons cover the origins of the Mass, its power to absolve sin, how priests should prepare for and conduct Mass, and the mysteries of the Eucharist. 

EDIT16 CNCE 24323; USTC 861939.  No copies traced in the UK or US. 

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