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Ordine da tenersi nel dar l'abito monacale alle fanciulle della Diocesi Fiorentina e nel ricevere la di loro professione ... Dato di nuovo alla stampa. [Part 2:] Ordine d'ammetere le monache novizie alla professione..
Florence: Michele Nestenus & Antonmaria Borghighiani for Gio. Antonio Scaletti, 1709. Folio (337 x 228 mm). iv, 22 pp., [1 leaf], 23-35, [1 blank] pp. 2 parts, separately titled but continuously signed and paginated. Printed in red and black, titles within type ornament border and with woodcut arms of Archbishop della Gherardesca;typographic music printing, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials, a few type-ornament headpieces. A small correction patch on p. 11 (covering a 2-letter word, found in other copies as well). Dampstain with edge fraying to lower corner of first and last few leaves, a few wax stains. Contemporary gold-tooled red goatskin, covers with two panels of double gilt fillets, a quadrilateral floral tool at inner edges of inner panel, spine in six compartments, each with a small floral tool, a double gilt fillet on either side of the raised bands, gilt edges, marbled paper pastedowns, plain free endleaves (covers bowed, corners bumped, a scrape to front cover). Provenance: Convent of the Santissima Annunziata (San Casciano in Val di Pesa), neat manuscript inscription on title: Questo Libro appartiene al Vene: Monasto e Monacha di Sa Maria de Jesu nella Terra di Sancasciano.*** A luxuriously printed edition of rules for the induction of novices, including printed music for chants, processions, prayers, and ceremonies, and lavish use of red printing and woodcut ornaments. Following the introduction, printed in black, all the passages in Italian, which contain the ceremonial instructions, are red-printed, standing out from the Latin prayers and music for chants and hymns, printed in black. As stated on the titles, publication of this two-part how-to ceremonial guide for novices and new nuns was originally decreed by Alessandro Marzi Medici, Archbishop of Florence from 1605 until his death in 1630, and this new edition was ordered by Tommaso Bonaventura della Gherardesca, Archbishop of Florence from 1703 to 1721. Part One is in two chapters, the first for those entering the novitiate alone (presumably wealthier women), the second for those entering as part of a group. The reader is told when to kneel and when to stand up, how to cut one's hair, on which side to sprinkle the holy water first, and how to interact with one's fellow novices. Afternoon or evening ceremonies (after Vespers) require slightly different rituals, as do private, cloistered ceremonies (required in some convents or chosen by the participants). Part Two, also divided into individual and group rituals, the novice learns the steps to taking the veil for good after her year of probation. A final section (pp. 33-35, Intonazioni diverse, secondo la varietà de' tempi) contains the music for the same hymn sung differently on different feast days: Jesu Corona Virginum, etc., sung to nine different melodies. Although the rules avoid identifying a specific convent, this edition may have been associated with the convent of the Santissima Annunziata in San Casciano in Val di Pesa, in the diocese of Florence. Copies were no doubt distributed to new novices, at least to those from prominent families. OCLC lists copies at Houghton, UC Berkeley and the Biblioteca del Castello del Buonconsiglio in Trento. Bridwell Library also holds a copy, which is in a nearly identical binding, with the same square floral tool on the covers, placed slightly differently. Not found in ICCU. I locate no earlier editions in spite of the title statement implying their existence.
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