De vita & laudibus Mariae Virginis Libellus.

Barcelona, Claudio Bornat, 1562.

£1,950

FIRST EDITION. Sm. 8vo, ll. [iv] 94 [iv]. Roman letter. Woodcut printer’s device on t-p, woodcut historiated initials. Light age-yellowing, contemporary ms. marginalia. A nice copy in modern vellum over boards, gilt red label on spine.

Extremely rare first edition of this commentary on the life of the Virgin Mary. Only a very small number of books were printed in Barcelona in the 16th century, and the printer Claudio Bornat (fl. Barcelona 1556-75) produced only a few of these. The present work contains forty-eight chapters dealing with the life, attributes and divine qualities of the Virgin Mary, followed by a four-leaf section at the end featuring a letter from Dionysus Aroepagitae to the apostle Paul, two letters from St. Ignatius to Maria and the apostle John, and a poem in praise of the Virgin by Petrus Comestor.

Pedro Alfonso de Burgos (1500-1572) studied in Louvain and in Belgium, was tutor to the duke of Béjar, courtier of Charles V, and, in 1536, became a monk in the monastery of Monserrat, where he composed all his works.

Not in BM STC Sp. C16th, Brunet or Graesse. Palau 37347.

SN2591

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