Title: Pontificale Romanum. Ad omnes pontificias ceremonias, quibus nunc utitur sacrosancta Romana Ecclesia accomodatum. Nonnullis insuper, quae in antea impressis non habentur accuratissime auctum. Ac in tres partes distinctum, 1572. Beautiful Blind-Stamped Contemporary Binding
Author: Catholic Church
Publisher: Venezia, apud Lucantonio II Giunta
Condition: Very Good
A late 16th century edition of the Roman Pontifical, for all Pontifical Ceremonies. This is the official and complete liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church, containing offices for ceremonies and rituals such as baptism, communion, confirmation, ordination, and more. There are numerous liturgical songs throughout in Latin, for the various ceremonies. This work is printed throughout in red and black, with musical notation, and is profusely illustrated. There is a full-page woodcut of the Crucifixion, two printer devices, and roughly 162 in-text woodcuts throughout, with some in repeat.
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 bound in a beautiful contemporary calf blind-stamped binding, with several concentric rolls displaying numerous figures, and the initials F.M.E and the date of 1573 to the front cover. The volume has been rebacked, and the clasps are lacking.
This volume bears the provenance stamp of Ochsenhausen Abbey, located in Baden-Würtenberg, Germany. A Benedictine monastery first dedicated in 1093, it was secularised in 1803, and in 1806 its territories were absorbed into the Kingdom of Württemberg.
The original blank at the end is lacking, the volume having been refitted with new ones.
One volume in folio, (4)+243 leaves
This volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and scuffing to the binding. There are small repairs to the title, as well to the first and last two leaves. Leaf C8 has a tear to the upper corner, with some text loss. There is very little foxing or staining throughout.