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A STRIKING EPHEMERAL MEMENTO MORI BINDING <br> Missae in agenda defunctorum tantum deservientes ex Missali Romano Recognito Desumptae. Cum ordinario, & Canone, ut in ipsis servatur, ad Usum et Commoditatem Omnium Ecclesiarum. Venice: Joannis Antonii Pezzana, 1777.
Venice: Joannis Antonii Pezzana, 1777. Folio [35 x 24], (12) ff., text printed in red and black in 2 columns throughout, woodcut vignette on title, several pages containing musical notations in red and black, 1 full-page woodcut of the crucifixion. Bound in contemporary funerary wrappers (see below). Binding with some wear along extremities with occasional inconsequential marginal chips, but in exceptionally good condition given its fragility and use; spine covered with a strip of period decorative paper; text clean and fresh.Extremely rare survival of late Baroque Italian ecclesiastical culture: a mass for the dead bound in a striking funeral binding, with "Death Before a Tomb" on both front and back covers. While individual editions of the missal texts for 18th c. requiem masses (Missae in agenda defunctorum) are uncommon, surviving examples of these ephemeral cartonnato bindings are rarely seen.The woodcut on the covers is very similar to the woodcut which appears in Vesalius's De Humani Corporis Fabrica (Basel, 1543), attributed to Stephan van Calcar. In both, Death stands before a raised tomb reading from an open book (inscribed "Memorare novissima" in the missal) and contemplating a skull. Draped over the side of the tomb in the missal's binding and in full view of the reader is a piece of parchment with the Latin inscription: "Memento homo quia et pulvis es: in pulvere reverteris." A full-page woodcut of Christ's crucifixion, with the two Marys and John the Apostle at his feet, is included in the early leaves of the text of the missal, and a small memento mori vigne … [Click Below for Full Description]
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