Title: L'Office De La Semaine Sainte, selon Le Messel et Breviaire Romain avec la Concordance du Messel, et Breviaire de Paris, 1680
Author: Daniel de Cigongne; Catholic Church
Publisher: A Paris, Livre de la Semaine Sainte
An unusually scarce late 17th century bilingual edition of the Divine Office for the Holy Week, including Easter, with four full page engraved illustrations of the Passion of the Christ.
The Holy Week offices (liturgies) lead worshipers through the events of the final days before Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. This volume gathers the prayers and biblical readings appointed for the entire week, including Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Translated by Michel de Marolles, Abbé of Villeloin, and with explanations of the ceremonies by Father Daniel de Cigongné. Text in parallel columns of French and Latin, with thin red ruling between text columns. With occasional misnumbering of pages, as often in books of this era. With woodcut historiated initials and headpiece.
Worldcat records no copies of this edition in libraries.
One finely bound volume in 12mo, 836 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in fair shape, with wear and stress at the joints, spine, and corners. There is chipping at the bottom of the spine, and several gatherings have loosened as seen in the photos. The golden-fore edge still shines brightly. There is little to no foxing, with some minor yet unusual blue staining at the top of several pages.