1562 De Virginitate Opuscula Sanctorum Doctorum Ambrosii Hieronymi et Augustini


Three important theological works praising the virtues of celibacy and virginity, by the church fathers Ambrose, Jerome and Augustine; published by the important Manutius family of printers, with the Aldine printer's mark on the title page.

In this work are printed Ambrose's De Viriginitate, St. Jerome's Epistola ad Demetriadem de Virginitate Servandra and Augustine's De Sancta Virginitate.

Provenance -

Bookplate (produced by a cutout of a printing) showing the Verdussen printer's mark (1659-1759 in use). This title was listed in the auction catalogue of Jean-Baptiste Verdussen III's book collection, indicating that this is (perhaps) the copy. G.F. Enoch and J.F. Van de Velde's names appear on the front blank endpaper. Enoch was a late 18th century professor in Leuven, and Van de Velde the librarian at the University of Leuven into the early 19th century. At the rear there is a ticket of AHA, Albert A. Howard, the American book collector.

Bibliographic Details -

Universal Short Title Catalogue number 804200. No U.S. copies found.

Worldcat OCLC catalogue number 55558244, showing a copy at Bringham Young.

Previous seller notes Adams catalogued as A950. Many other references provided.

Censimento Nazionale delle Edizioni Italiane del XVI secolo number 16242.

OPAC SBN - UM1E008436

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 21.5 x 15 x 2 cm. Signed in 4; quarto. Leather binding. Board framed in double gilt fillet with small corner florets. Board edges also rolled with fan/leaf gilt design. Spine with 6 raised bands; five compartments with a central leafy gilt floret framed in gilt fillet, and two compartments with the title, printer and date in gilt on morocco (but flaking). All edges red. Place keeping ribbon. Aldus printer's device on title page. Shoulder notes.

Pages - 109, [7]. Pagination is per leaf.

Collation - A-Z4, AA-FF4

Condition -

See pictures. Joints cracking but boards being held by bands. Corners and edge wear to boards. Spine with some flaking to labels. Front board with a 2" rub mark near bottom. Ex libris plate on pastedown. Verso of flyleaf with price and blank binder's endpaper with several previous owner's names. Title page with discoloring, like oiling the board bled through to it (possibly just a moisture mark) and a worm track at bottom corner. Some toning, foxing and thumbing throughout. Worm track at corner goes to third leaf. Page edge chip repair to first three pages. Paper margin repair on 7. Some moisture mark intrusion along edges in margins, possibly caused by painting the edges red. Bottom corner repaired 12. Nice wide margins. Bottom corner of 51 repaired. Bottom margin of 66 with a repair. Some pages with a little more toning than others. Fore-edge chip repair 85. "110", "111", "112" written at top of those leaves. Some spotting in binder's endpaper blank leaves. Evidence of bookplate removal on rear pastedown.

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