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Verepaeus, Simon.
Catholicum precationum selectissimarum enchiridion. Ex sanctorum patrum, et illustrium tum veterum, tum recentium auctorum scriptis, & precationum libellis, concinnatum. Editio ultima.
Antwerp, Jean Bellère, 1594. 16mo. [123 x 83 mm]. (48), 471 pp, (9). With 94 half-page woodcut illustrations (of which ca. 15 repeated), as well as a handful of woodcut initials and typographic ornaments, all vividly colored by an early hand and often highlighted in gold. Contemporary black goatskin over wooden boards, with remains of clasps. All edges gilt (but faded) and slightly gauffered; endpapers renewed ca. 1700. Early ownership inscription scored on title-page resulting in pinhole loss; penultimate leaf with tiny burnhole; contents otherwise very well-preserved indeed. Binding a little rubbed and chipped, but holding perfectly. Very rare edition of this iconic Counter-Reformation devotional handbook, first published immediately following the Council of Trent. The present copy is unusual for its delightful state of preservation in a contemporary goatskin binding as well as the vivid, assiduous handcoloring which heightens all illustrations from the title vignette to the typographic ornaments. No other copy of any edition in OCLC notes the presence of any coloring. A pleasant example of the highly effective combination of devotional-polemical text and image characteristic of the Counter-Reformation in the Dutch Golden Age (cf Parker, Faith on the Margins: Catholics and Catholicism in the Dutch Golden Age, p. 7n). - Verepaeus served as chaplain to a community of nuns near Mechelen, and it was here that he composed the present collection of prayers and a calendar of saintsÂ’ days. Following the conclusion of the Council of Trent in 1563, it was perhaps no co-incidence th … [Click Below for Full Description]
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