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BONAVENTURE, Saint
The life of the most holy father S. Francis
Douai, by Martin Bogard, 1635. 16mo. pp. [xxxii], 208, 193-346, [vi] . ã , , A-Z . [lacking ã4 with portrait, last quire bound out of order]. Roman letter, some Italic. Small floriated woodcut initials, typographical ornaments, early autograph of William Eyston (of East Hendred) on title his marks below, bookplate of Milltown Park library on pastedown, with the ex-legato label of William O’Brian below. Title page a little dusty with closed tear repaired on verso, outer and upper edge a little frayed, light age yellowing, light waterstain towards for-edge at beginning, the odd mark. A good copy in charming English crimson morocco circa 1820, covers bordered with a single gilt rule and blind roll, spine triple gilt ruled in compartments, fleurons gilt to centres, edges gilt ruled, marbled endpapers. Rare second edition of this English translation of the ‘Legenda maior beatissimi patris Francisci’ by Anthony Browne, Second Viscount Montague, dedicated to Lady Winefred Englefield, printed in Douai for the recusant market in England. The last leaf contains a note to the reader to excuse the printing errors as “it being done by strangers ignorant of our language.” Mountague’s dedication was omitted from the first edition but included in this second after his death in 1629. Commissioned by the Franciscan Order, at the general chapter of Narbonne, Bonaventure wrote his official biography of St. Francis of Assisi in 1260. It was a literary composition intended to provide a unified and complete biography, unlike the Fioretti, which was merely a collection of anecdotes on St, Francis’ … [Click Below for Full Description]
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