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Rationale Divinorum Officiorum, Gulielmo - Durandus (1230-1296 AD) - 1551. 
Apud Haeredes Iacobi Giuntae, Lugduni 1551 - This rare and infamous title is the most complete medieval treatise on the rites, ceremonies, and symbolism of the western Christian liturgy (including vestments, architecture), and was the fourth book printed in the history of printing. Together with Martene's De antiquis Ecclesiae ritibus it is the main authority on the medieval Western liturgies. This copy belonged to distinguished German scholar of liturgy Theodor Klauser. Durandus (1230-1296 AD) was a member of the papal curia and as a canonist drew up decrees at the Second Council of Lyons. A governor in the papal states, he was elected bishop of Mende in the Narbonne region of France. Durandus has been claimed by the Dominican Order and is buried at Sancta Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome. Early editions are scarce. See the Michele Albaric or Bertrand Guyot, O.P. in "Guillaume Durand, Eveque de Mende" 1992. Bound in contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over beveled wooden boards and contains two clasp catches with no clasps. Five raised bands and worn, wormed hand written title to the top compartment. Binding is aged and stained however the blind-tooling is attractive and well preserved. The front free endpaper is horizontally torn with 3cm loss to the bottom. Woodcut mark on title. The verso of this page is inscribed by the most recent owner indicating recent provenance. Similar tear and loss to title page, however all printing remains intact. Recent owner's blind-stamp to title. Still some functioning marker tabs. Text in two columns with engraved initials. Pages are good quality with no foxing or toning. Three leaves edge-bumped and creased at the outer margin, however no tears to any pages. Occasional ink marginalia or underlining in a light, fine hand, not particularly offensive save for one or two pages. Rear end paper has been removed. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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