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Bramicelli, Guglielmo, transl.
Inni che si cantano tutto l'anno alle hore canoniche, nella Chiesa romana.
Giorgio Angelieri, 1597. First edition: Catholic hymns, translated from Latin into Italian verse by a member of the Clerics Regular of Somasca (variously identified as either Bramiceli or Bramicelli). Many of the hymns open with small illustrations -- totaling => 42 in-text woodcuts -- and the title-page features Angelieri's printer's device of an amphora watering a seedling, bearing the motto "A poco a poco." The woodcuts are notable not only for the variety of scenes they present but for a certain variety in presentation: Many of the images are presented with their edges visually defined in the normal way, essentially "ruled"; but some are presented as if paintings, within full Renaissance "picture frames" --- with the images themselves, inside, sometimes having their edges normally defined and sometimes floating entirely free. Yet other cuts are given framing at their sides or top and bottom, but not both! Bramicelli's vernacular renditions were apparently unauthorized; one source claims that the Church ordered the book burned (Tentorio, Saggio storico sullo sviluppo dell'ordine somasco dal 1569 al 1650, p. 178). This may explain why the work is now => scarce: WorldCat and NUC Pre-1956 locate only one U.S. institutional holding (Newberry), and only one additional one internationally. EDIT16 gives only ten Italian libraries as holding copies. Provenance: From the collection of Don Tommaso De Luca (1752-1829), described by Alexander Roberson as "a priest of the old school . . . possessed of one of the finest libraries in all Northern Italy"; front free endpaper inked with … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: PRB&M/SessaBks (Philadelphia Rare Books & MSS Co.) [U.S.A.]

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