Title: Breviarium Romanum, ex Decreto Sacrosancti Concilii Tridentini restitutum, 1574
Author: Catholic Church
Publisher: Venezia, apud Lucantonio II Giunta
Condition: Very Good
An extremely scarce late 16th century edition of the Roman Breviary, restored from the Decree of the Sacred Council of Trent, and printed by Lucantonio II Giunta. The work is printed throughout in red and black, in a gothic font, with three full-page woodcuts, facing across from their respective introductions to a new section, accentuated with beautiful and detailed woodcut borders. Each calendar page is highlighted with a detailed woodcut header, and some additional woodcuts and woodcut initials throughout. There are some early manuscript inscriptions.
Giunta was a member of the famed Florentine Giunti family of printers, first established in Venice by Lucantonio Giunti, who began printing under his own name in 1489. Roughly 30 members of the family became printers or booksellers, with a press established in Florence from 1497, which became one of the leading printing firms. By 1550, the Giunti family had bookstores or warehouses in cities across several countries, and numerous agencies across the Italian Peninsula. Not surprisingly, the Venetian press of the Giunti family was the most active publisher and exporter of liturgical texts in Catholic Europe.
This volume has been rebound in modern calf leather, fitted with new endpapers.
USTC records four existing copies of this edition in libraries.
One volume in quarto, (24)+480 leaves
This volume is in very good shape, with minimal rubbing and wear to the binding. The first blank has been repaired at the margins. There is minor, scattered staining throughout.