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Icones operum misericordiae cum Iulii Roscii - Roscius, Julius - 9999. 
Sole edition of this famous, fascinating, and brilliantly illustrated instructional/devotional work on the virtue of mercy and its rewards. Divided into two parts, each with an engraved title-page but with continuous pagination and signature sequence, its main title-page was engraved by Cristoforo Cartaro, the son of Mario Cartaro, with border images depicting the seven corporal acts of mercy to be developed in the => eight full-page engravings and text of the first part. The second title-page, engraved by Mario Cartaro, similarly offers seven border images, this time depicting the seven spiritual acts of mercy to be treated in the text and => seven full-page engravings of the second part. The full-page engravings in both parts are by Mario and they, like the title-page presentations, are complicated, full of emblematic detail, and completely individual; to aid the contemplative or devoté, they incorporate suggestive/explanatory Biblical mottos and are accompanied by keys to their multiple meanings and teachings on the leaf opposite. The engravings of part I are modelled on Philippe Galle's Septem opera misericordiae corporalia. Each page of text reposes within double-rule borders that contain references in an outer ruled column. Bonfadini's => hedgehog device is found at the colophon, and the text is enlivened with woodcut head- and tailpieces and grotesque woodcut initials. This copy is further embellished with => two unrelated Dutch 17th-century engravings used as pastedowns (!), being the frontispiece and a second plate from Jean Puget de La Serre's Mausolée érigé à la mémoire immortelle de très-haulte, très-puissante, et tres-auguste princesse Isabelle, Claire, Eugenie, d'Austriche, infante d'Espagne -- who appears dressed, in these images as she is in some others, in the habit of a Poor Clare.)
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