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Liber Sacerdotalis nuperrime ex libris Sancte - CASTELLO, Alberto da - 1537. 
Venetijs [Venice]: Victor a Rabanis Socci, 1537. - SECOND EDITION. Quarto (title page: 20.1 x 14.4 cm) pp. [title], [7 ], 351 numbered leaves making 702 pages, [colophon] Bound in full 17th Century vellum, initialed 'I. D. H.' and dated '1697' in gilt to upper. Printed in red and black throughout. Large woodcut to title and further woodcuts, including one of Guido d'Arezzo's 'musical hand', decorative initials and musical staves. Woodcut printer's device of Pietro Ravini to colophon. Gilt of initials and date rubbed, but binding in good order. Bookplate (Anne G. Morrel) to front pastedown, ink name in an early hand to tiltle, which also has a small decorative ink stamp of the initial 'M' to lower corner. Very occasional early marginal notes. Small neat repairs to top edge of title and following two leaves with loss to a couple of letters. Pages generally very clean and impressively printed with a strong dark impression. Written by Alberto Castellani (c.1460 - 1552), a Venetian Dominican, this work was first published in 1523. It quickly gained considerable popularity, and was reprinted more than twenty times during the 16th century. The book was a part of Pope Leo X enterprise to standardize and codify the rituals of the Roman Catholic Church. The book contains services for the Sacraments (baptism, marriage, penance, eucharist, extreme unction, visitation of the sick, attendance on the dying, and office of the dead); blessings and processions. Also included is an anonymous treatise on music theory: Compendium Musices and a section on exorcism: Contra Demoniacos. This work was used extensively by missionaries in South America and later in Japan; the rites for adult baptism being particulary useful. A very good copy of a rare and beautifully printed liturgical manual.
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