Title: Titulus sanctae crucis, seu Historia et mysterium tituli sanctae crucis Domini nostri Iesu Christi. Libri duo; Bound with De cruce Christi hypomnemata IV, 1670
Author: Honorat Nicquet; Thomas Bartholin
Publisher: Amsterdam, sumptibus Andreae Frisii
Condition: Very Good
A sammelband of two late 17th century works, being Nicquet’s Holy Cross, or the history and mystery of the holy cross of Christ, additionally bound with Lipsius' successful treatise on the cross in Antiquity as by Bartholin, based upon the 1606 Antwerp edition.
This work is illustrated with one large folding plate in the first work, and 6 various plates in the second work depicting various scenes and procedures of crucifixion, with 4 being full page, and one displaying the rather morbid act of vertical impalement, where the victim was made to sit on a sharpened stake, which then passed through their body, though in Lipsius’ original depiction, it would exit via the mouth.
The printer device of Andreas Frisius features the fun and morbid motto Optimi consultores mortui, or; The best counselors are the dead.
This volume bears the provenance and ownership stamp of Hubert Rohault de Fleury, French painter and philanthropist, and son of the great French architect Charles Rohault de Fleury. He was one of the initiators of the Basilica of Sacre-Cœur, in Paris. The stamp goes so far as to indicate 12 rue d'Aguesseau, being the address for Rohault de Fleury House, of which the floor plan can still be found the Canadian Centre for Architecture online.
Two books bound into one vellum volume in 16mo, 224+(16), 290+(22)
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with very little rubbing or wear to the binding. The folding plate in the first book is torn at the folds. There is little to no foxing or staining throughout.