Prophetie Danieles tres horribiles de casu videlicet & ruina vite spiritualis.

Cracow, Floriano Unglerio, 1527.

£5,750

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. ff. 20. Gothic letter, title page with dramatic woodcut of falling city. Light age yellowing, some dampstaining around edges of margins, a good copy with manuscript annotations throughout, in later marbled wrappers.

Ferrer’s work on the decline of spiritual life describes the Golden (‘everyone knew their Pater Noster, Ave Maria, and Creed’), Silver (with Augustine, Jerome, Gregory, and Ambrose as guides), and Iron Ages of Ecclesiastical life, interpreting the visions of the Prophet Daniel to account for the Papal Schism of 1378.

Vincent was fiercely loyal to Avignese Pope, Benedict XIII who was excommunicated as a result of the Council of Constance. He was nonetheless highly respected. Rather than attend the Council, he travelled throughout the Iberian peninsula preaching, converting, and working miracles. His earliest biographers estimate that he converted 25,000 among the Jewish community alone.

Wierzbowski II 1040.

L1328

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