Title: Promptuarium morale super evangelia dominicalia totius anni. Pars Hyemalis and Pars Aestivalis, 1593
Author: Thomas Stapleton; Jean Sarrazin; Balthasar Seulin; Jan Moretus; Officina Plantiniana
Publisher: Antverpiae, In officina Plantiniana, Apud Viduam, & Ioannem Moretum,
A rare 2nd Plantin Press Edition of the evangelical commentaries by Thomas Stapleton, for the entire year, being both parts on Winter and Summer. Stapleton was a English Roman Catholic controversialist who left England in 1559, later becoming a professor of theology in Douai and Leuven, producing a wide range of works over the six decades of his life.
There are several annotations throughout both volumes.
The binding on both volumes is an original contemporary period work by the Augsburg binder Hans Lietz, with his original initials still being present. The roll stamps and central panels remain distinct and appear significantly unaged.
On both front covers is a central panel with the Salvator Mundi marking the sign of the cross with his right hand, while holding the orb representing the ‘celestial sphere’ in his left. Surrounding him are the words "Hic est voluntas...et credit in eum non pereat sed vida". The borders have been roll-stamped with 4 different escutcheons holding the initials "H.L.", a pine cone of the Augsburg Arms, 3 fleur-de-lis, and a warrior. Between the escutcheons: foliage and heads of warriors. On the back covers is a central panel with the Fides, holding a crucifix and chalice, and Spes, with their hands clasped in prayer, looking at a small figure of God in the clouds above. Both are seated face to face with the motto "Impetrat allma fides Christo quam Danete salutem expectare soror [spes animosa solet]". There are similar roll-stamped borders on the back.
Two highly detailed blind-stamped pigskin bindings in octavo, (40)+750+(26), (16)+640+(16) pages
On note of condition, both volumes are in good shape, with the roll-stamped borders and central panel designs being remarkably unaged, with the spines displaying stress and discoloration. There is minor foxing and staining throughout. The clasps are lacking on Pars Pyemalis, though fully functioning on Pars Aestivalis.