MANUSCRIPT POCKET-SIZED PRAYERS

‘Orazioni e prece che potranno recitarsi ogni giorno dalli divoti del santo’.

[Northern Italy, c. 1770.]

Manuscript on paper, in Italian and Latin, 24mo (106 x 78 mm), pp. [2 (blank)], XXI, [5 (blank)], neatly written in brown ink in a single hand, c. 12 lines per page, with a hand-coloured engraved portrait of the Virgin Mary by Andrea Rossi facing p. I; engraving cropped with loss of border and imprint, a few light marks; very good in near contemporary light green gilt brocade paper wrappers (Augsburg?) with floral and foliate pattern; some loss to spine, a few small marks.

£950

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A charming pocket-sized manuscript containing prayers to the famous Dominican missionary St Vincent Ferrer (1350–1419), likely made by and for a woman, with a hand-coloured engraving of the Virgin Mary, and bound in attractive gilt brocade wrappers.

Born in Valencia, Ferrer served as confessor to the antipope Benedict XIII at Avignon before undertaking preaching tours of France, Switzerland, northern Italy, and Spain. He is credited with helping to end the Western Schism between Rome and Avignon.

The text here comprises three Italian prayers and another in Latin seeking Ferrer’s protection in life, and his assistance at life’s end. The attractive engraved frontispiece of the Virgin dates from 1770 and is by the Venetian engraver Andrea Rossi (fl. 1727–1775) after Giovanni Battista Mengardi (1738–1796).

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