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Johns Hopkins University Library - Women of the Book



The Women of the Book collection is the world's most extensive gathering of primary research items dedicated to the spiritual lives of European and South American women: nuns, beatae, and female mystics and saints, produced between ca. 1450-1800. The materials are physically held at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University and many of them have been made available here with the support of the Arcadia Fund. 
See the illustrated portfolio document, this article in Johns Hopkins Magazine, and this short documentary video for more information on the collection, on which the Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance is currently offering a visiting research fellowship.


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Folio: ff. 7, pp. IX, 111, 4 large folding engraved plates. Sole edition. Bound in contemporary vellum. “Guiseppe Vi Vire Vic”, some sketches in ink on endpaper. Present work documents the last Sicilian auto-da-fé, "celebrated" on April 6th, 1724, in which 26 people were punished for several crimes and which ended with the burning of two heretics. The engravings by Francesco Cichè take on the style of a royal fete book, but to horrifying effect, beginning with two nighttime...
Topics: Inquisition -- Italy -- Palermo, Inquisition, Italy -- Palermo
4to. pp. (28) 192 + (facing p. 1), fold-out engraving of the four saints with panorama of Cartagena, and (facing p. 59) woodcut and letterpress family tree. Bound in contemporary vellum. Stamp of Real Convento de Religiosas Ursulinas, Molina de Aragon; MS shelf mark label. First edition. Scholarly work on the history of the city of Cartagena, containing the lives of four early saints - three brothers and a sister, including the bishop and encyclopedist Isidore of Seville and his sister, the...
Topics: Leander, Saint, Archbishop of Seville, -approximately 600, Ferrandus, Fulgentius, active 523-546,...
4to. pp. (32), (415), (1), plus engraved portrait signed “P. V. F.”. With large woodcut arms. Bound in contemporary limp vellum with ties preserved; recased with original endpapers (early 16th C illustrated wastepaper) laid down or backed with tissue. Extremely rare first edition of the first life of Mariana de Jesus (1565-1624), whose cultus adopted her as a ‘patron saint’ of Madrid long before her beatification in 1738 (she remains uncanonized). She lived a religious secular life,...
4to. pp. (32), 187, (3). Contemporary vellum. Second edition (first, 1699). “In 441 Eudocia fell into disgrace through an unjust suspicion of infidelity with Paulinos, the "Master of the Offices". Paulinos was murdered and Eudocia banished. In 442 she went back to Jerusalem and lived there till her death. She became for a time an ardent Monophysite. In 453 St. Leo I of Rome wrote to convert her. She then returned to the Catholic Faith... Byzantine history offers few so strange or...
Topics: Eudocia, Empress, consort of Theodosius II, Emperor of the East, -460 -- Early works to 1800,...
Oblong folio [36.5 x 33.5 cm]. Title and 11 plates printed on thick, unwatermarked paper, each featuring three distinct scenes in the saint’s life. Bound in contemporary blue cardboard naïvely decorated on front cover, with attribution to ‘Franciscus Veynnius’. Very rare suite of plates illustrating the life and miracles of St. Catherine of Siena, engraved by the Flemish master Pieter de Jode I after the murals of Francesco Vanni completed on the walls of the Chapel of Saint Catherine in...
Topic: Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380 -- Early works to 1800
Source: folio
4to. 3 vols. in pp. (28), clxxviii, 236, (1), 104; pp. (8), 552, 40; pp. (6), 287, 24, (83). Unique volume of 17th-century spiritual exercises by a cloistered nun and mystical author who advised King Philip IV of Spain. Includes 75 plates hand-colored engraved plates by a contemporary hand, and highlighted throughout in gold, also bound in sumptuous contemporary gold-brocaded endpapers (vine and flower pattern with birds, by Christoph Ledergerber in Augsburg, printed in gold on a red ground)....
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Meditations -- Early works to 1800, María de Jesús, de Agreda,...
4 volumes in folio. (10 ll.), 718 pp. [702 wrongly numbered 904]; (19 ll.), 463 pp.; (9 ll.), 447 pp.; (14 ll.), 819 pp. Uniformly bound in contemporary cat’s-paw mottled sheep. Free endleaves removed from volume I. Spines with raised bands in six compartments, crimson morocco lettering pieces, gilt bands and ornaments. Woodcut title pages: architectural frame with 7 figures of São Domingo (or Dominicans?). Woodcut and typographical headpieces. Woodcut factotum initials. Second edition of...
4to. 33 engraved plates. Contemporary Mexican calf, spine flat, gilt fillet to boards, spine tooled in gilt, First edition of the extremely rare magnum opus of Jose de Nava (1735-1817), Puebla’s master 18th-century engraver, and an extraordinary feat of Novo-Hispanic artistic production. The extremely talented Mexican, one of New Spain's most important engravers of the entire 18th century, was amongst the first to transition from the simpler wood plates to the more complicated and detailed...
Topics: Rose, of Viterbo, Saint, approximately 1234-approximately 1252 -- Pictorial works, Rose, of...
4to. pp. (8), 76, including engraved vignette on title page and 12 portraits in text. Contemporary calf. The present copy is the first book in a Sammelband. Ex-librises of various Nijmegen seminaries. Second edition, printed by a woman. The popular writer Vondel here combines devotion with literature in the form of fictional, poetic letters from celebrated female saints. This work is bound with another book (E. G. de Saluste ; Joost Van den Vondel [trans.]. De Vaderen, ofte het tweede deel...
Topics: Christian women saints -- Early works to 1800, Christian saints -- Early works to 1800
8vo. pp. (16), 414, (6), plus engraved frontispiece and 29 plates signed G[erard] de Groos after [Christian] Dittmann. Bound in contemporary blind-ruled calf. Contains shelf mark, and a contemporary manuscript approbation on a2 (“dies Buch ist erlaubt / Mater Anna Carolina”). Very rare sole edition of this compendium of 42 Ursuline biographies with lively engravings. There was a marked resurgence in Ursuline activities during the seventeenth century, notably in German-speaking lands. As...
Topics: Ursula, Saint, Ursula, Saint, Christian martyrs -- Early works to 1800, Christian martyrs
8vo. pp. 264 including engraved frontispiece; pp. 328. Contemporary vellum. Third edition (first, 1760-61). St Alfonso Liguori’s important text codified the anti-Enlightenment ideal of the Christian woman, both cloistered and secular Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Catholic women -- Religious life -- Italy -- Early works to 1800, Catholic women -- Conduct of life...
4to. pp. (20), 658, (12) but (12) pp. of index bound in between 656-657. Contemporary vellum, rebacked. “Sor Isabel Cortes y Clava...”. First edition of this provincial Spanish conduct-book. Intended as a complete manual “from when she receives the sacred habit to the hour of her death”. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Monastic and religious life of women, Monastic and religious life of women, Nuns -- Early works to...
8vo. pp. 30. Contemporary cartonnato. Sole edition, unrecorded. The Jesuit Andrea Michelini arrived in Forli in 1762 where he began to promote the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Under his guidance, in 1786 the Poor Clares of Santa Maria Maddalena decided to 're-dedicate' their convent to the 'Lord's Body', in recognition of their newfound interest in the Eucharist and the Sacred Heart. Interestingly, the present work predates Pius VI’s general decree approving this type of devotion...
Topics: Franciscans -- Prayers and devotions -- Early works to 1800, Poor Clares -- Early works to 1800,...
4to. pp. (8), 360, (4), plus engraved frontispiece. Contemporary vellum. “Congregation? de Jesus et Marie”. First edition of the first biography of Rose of Lima, the first American saint. A highly desirable piece of Americana, with the often-lacking engraved added title page featuring a portrait of ‘Rosa Peruana’. Later the same year, an octavo edition was also published featuring a much inferior frontispiece Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1586-1617, Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1586-1617, ROSA DE LIMA, Christian women...
8vo. pp. xv, (i), 286, (6). Contemporary speckled calf, spine and front hinge neatly repaired. Contemporary title inscription ‘Pour l’usage de Carmelites Montauban.’ Only edition of this vernacular manual governing the nuns of the Discalced Carmelites—the sisters’ vows, daily routines, liturgy, administration, medical care, manual labor, devotional practices and acceptable recreations, including a kind of treasure hunt and two chapters on reading books. The work is dedicated to...
Topics: Discalced Carmelite Nuns -- Spiritual life -- Early works to 1800, Discalced Carmelite Nuns,...
4to. pp. (8), 16. Full-page woodcut of the icon being worshipped by two men on verso of title page. Disbound. Sole edition. A sermon celebrating the icon of Our Lady of Mercy and the Redemption of Captives, preached to the nuns of the Convent of St. Eulalia in Barcelona. This curious order was founded to aid in the rescue of Christians taken prisoner by the Turks during the Middle Ages; the monks and nuns take a so-called ‘fourth vow’ to give up their lives for this end, if required Click...
Topic: Mercedarians -- Early works to 1800
4to. pp. (16), 264, (8). Contemporary vellum. Extremely rare sole edition of this new biography by the Spanish Jesuit Alonso de Andrade. The place of publication is significant: this period perhaps marks the height of Spanish female mysticism, of which St. Gertrude and her ‘Revelations’ were an obvious fore-runner. According to Stephen Haliczer (Between Exaltation and Infamy: Female Mystics in the Golden Age of Spain), Teresa of Avila was in fact deliberately painted as “a kind of Spanish...
Topics: Gertrude, the Great, Saint, 1256-1302 -- Early works to 1800, Gertrude, the Great, Saint,...
12mo. pp. 22, [1 integral blank]. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum finished in handcolor, depicting floral arrangements and a Cor Jesu on both covers with the motto ‘Das [H]ertze mein, Soll dir allein, Ergeben Seyn / Sjn Get[reu?] und Spilet, In Euren, Hertzen’ [My heart is given to you alone / Be true and rejoice in your hearts]. Unrecorded printing by a female provincial printer (Widow of Johann Heinrich Stock) in a fine ‘Bauern-Einband’ created for a female reader. Inscription on the...
Topic: Lutheran Church -- Prayers and devotions -- Early works to 1800
4to. pp. xlviii, 716. Woodcut ornaments, head- and tailpieces throughout. Near-contemporary (1788) ownership inscription of Carlo Guzzardi to title; rebound in modern vellum, with silver-lettered black morocco labels on spine. Only edition, very rare, of this guide to the duties and life of the cloistered nun, by the Sicilian priest Arcangiolo (or Arcangelo) Tommaso Blandini (d. 1788). Divided into 29 istruzioni, the work explains the importance of spiritual reading, the necessity of prayer,...
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by Pasquier, Jean Jacques (engr.)
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12mo. ff. 51, (2). Bound in contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine, lettered “Figure[s] de Pieté,” gilt edges, marbled endpapers. Engravings on both rectos and versos, Pasquier’s imprint at foot of every recto and on most versos. Plate 19 underinked. A stub following leaf 51, a couple of imprints and several foliation numbers cropped. Contemporary manuscript notes to f. 3, several inscriptions on front flyleaf (one rubbed out and another crossed out in ink); ownership inscriptions on front...
8vo. pp. (10), 195. 18th C boards. Ex-libris of Simon Egenberger. Second edition (first, 1688). A medieval ‘German mystic’ not officially condoned by the Church until 1979, the ‘Revelations’ of Margaretha Ebner preserved in a manuscript in her own hand were not widely known until the 18th century. Eisenhut’s selection of her letters and memoirs was taken from this manuscript and is one of the earliest printed expositions of Ebner’s work and doctrines Click here to view the Johns...
Topics: Ebner, Margaret, approximately 1291-1351 -- Early works to 1800, Dominicans -- Early works to 1800,...
4to. pp. (8), 334, (2), plus engraved frontispiece. Contemporary gilt-stamped calf. Sole edition of this early Swiss-German biography, never translated into French. Anne de Xainctonge founded the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin, the first non-cloistered women's religious community. “The company was founded with "our Lady as general, St. Ursula as lieutenant", and the Rule of St. Ignatius as the basis of perfection. For fifteen years Anne was a living...
Topics: Xainctonge, Anne de, 1567-1621 -- Biography -- Early works to 1800, Ursulines -- Early works to 1800
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Women of the Book – Overview of the Collection – 04-11-2022   For clickable links to the currently available individual digital surrogates (in the Bib# column of the table): please download the pdf version of this document.   Alternatively, insert the correct Bib# in https://archive.org/details/wotb_Bib# (e.g., https://archive.org/details/wotb_6743744).  
Topics: religion, women, rare books, medieval, Christian art and symbolism
4 volumes in folio. (10 ll.), 718 pp. [702 wrongly numbered 904]; (19 ll.), 463 pp.; (9 ll.), 447 pp.; (14 ll.), 819 pp. Uniformly bound in contemporary cat’s-paw mottled sheep. Free endleaves removed from volume I. Spines with raised bands in six compartments, crimson morocco lettering pieces, gilt bands and ornaments. Woodcut title pages: architectural frame with 7 figures of São Domingo (or Dominicans?). Woodcut and typographical headpieces. Woodcut factotum initials. Second edition of...
4to. pp. (28), 300, (16), plus engraved portrait; (2), 404, (24). Contemporary calf. Dutch nun's inscription dated 1704; later French inscription of a 'Madame Marie Dams'. First edition of the first two parts of this biography and letters of an important Flemish mystic. “Together with a fellow nun [Petyt] moved to a cell in Mechelen, which soon became the centre of a group of like-minded women. Around 1662 she began her voluminous autobiography, modeled on the Autobiography of Saint Teresa of...
Topics: Petyt, Maria, 1623-1677 -- Early works to 1800, Carmelites -- Early works to 1800, Carmelites,...
4to. pp. (12), 412, (10). Modern half vellum. Fifth edition (first, 1609). This edition has been augmented with material relating to Pazzi's canonization (which would not take place for another 30 years), and was dedicated to Innocenzia and Mariagrazia Barberini, nieces of Pope Urban VIII. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: De' Pazzi, Maria Maddalena, Saint, 1566-1607 -- Early works to 1800, De' Pazzi, Maria Maddalena,...
Folio. pp. (2), 28; pp. 216; pp. 6, (1 terminal blank). With pasted correction slip on title page and seal and manuscript signatures of the 'Sub-Promoters' on final page. Untraced, and a fascinating copy for official internal use, personally signed by the 'Sub-Promoters' of Marianna's beatification. A nun of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy and the Redemption of Captives, the process for Marianna's beatification began in the year of her death. These processes sometimes took centuries; as the...
4to. pp. (8), ff. 16, pp. 17-24, ff. 25-32, pp. (8), ff. 105, pp. (2). Including woodcut vignette on title-page, full-page woodcut of Blessed Joana de la Cruz on verso of e4, and numerous large woodcut initials in text. Bound in contemporary vellum with hinges repaired. Early ownership inscriptions of the ‘Hospicio de Tierra Santa del Convento de N. P. S. Francisco de la Ciudad de Valencia de la Virgen de Jesus’ on flyleaf, with the intriguing comment “Para dar Luz immortal” on verso....
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by Klauber, Johann S. (Johann Sebastian) (engr.); Klauber, Johann B. (Baptist) (engr.)
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8vo. 71 engraved plates by the Klauber brothers, with ff. (68) of manuscript text, as follows: 56 numbered plates from the Lauretanische Litaney (see below), with (57) text leaves, written on rectos and versos in brown ink in a clear 18th-century hand; 4 mounted engravings of emblematic Marian engravings; 11 engraved plates on the Life of St. Teresa, interleaved with French translations of the Latin captions on the versos; (6) blanks. Bound in contemporary French mottled sheep, flat spine...
Small 8vo. with engraved frontispiece, finely executed ink drawing by Ignatius Streicher on the verso of the title-page and (ii) 224 pp. with twenty further engraved plates by G. B. Göz throughout the text and with six detailed part page pen and ink drawings, the manuscript finely executed within engraved foliate borders throughout, calligraphic titles in red and occasional yellow ink, with half a dozen calligraphic designs at the end of sections, including a final bird with red foliation....
4to. ff. LXXXIX. Woodcut borders and engraving on the title page, illustrated with 49 engravings by Hans Schäufelein, one of Albrecht Dürer’s most gifted pupils. Bound in contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards with beveled edges, spine in four compartments. Rare, first German edition of this biography of the mystic author Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) by her confessor and spiritual director, the Dominican Raimondo da Capua (1330-1399). Catherine was a lay member of the...
Large 4to. pp. (XVI), 216, 176, plus 3 engraved plates signed by [Tomasso] Piroli. Bound in contemporary vellum over boards. Red wax ex-librises on front pastedown and final leaf, most likely a cardinal’s arms. Very rare sole edition of the first ‘official’ biography of Suor Veronica Giuliani (1660-1727), prepared from the documents used in her beatification process by the promoter of her cause, Giovanni Giacomo Romano. There seems to have been a flurry of interest in Giuliani – whose...
Topics: Veronica Giuliani, Saint, 1660-1727, Veronica Giuliani, Saint, 1660-1727, Capuchin Poor Clares --...
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Newes Wunder der Gnaden, zu finden im Leben Der Ehrwürdigen Mutter Sr. Joannæ von Jesus Maria, Closter-Jungfrawen des vornehmen Closters S. Claræ in Burgos. In Spanischer Sprach vor ungefehr dryen Jahren beschrieben Von dem Wol Ehrw. P. F. Francisco von Ameyugo, Provincialen der strenger Observantz S. Francisci. Anjetzo aber allererst in unsere Teutsche Sprach übersetzt in der Carthaus zu Cölln. Darinnen allerhand wunderliche und fast unerhörte Geschichten den Leser einerseits zwar erlüstigen; anderseits auch gar schöne und heylsame Discursen, und sonderlich viele herrliche Lehrstücke (so Christus der Herr, wie auch seine Glorw. Mutter und andere Heyligen dieser Ehrw. Jungfrawen ertheilet) alle Christliche Seelen höchlich aufferbawen können. Sambt angehencktem Contrafait einer in Gott verliebter Seelen, Alveræ von Virmond, Priorin des Closters zum H. Grab binnen Gülich [Bound with, as issued: ] Lebhafftes Contrafait, Einer auffrichtiger in der Geistlicher Vollkommenheit ergebener und in Gott verliebter Seelen, In der Wohl-Ehrwürdigen in Gott ruhender Frawen, Alvera von Virmund. Bey Lebzeiten deß uhralten Regulirten Ordens vom H. Grab zu Gülich Wohlverdienter Vorsteherin. Mit scheinbahren Tugend-Farben schlechthin entworffen, in Zwey Theil verfasset, und allen Geistliebenden Seelen zur Nachfolg fürgestelt Durch den Wohl-Ehrwürdigen Herren Casparum Petrum Lull, der Regulier Canonissen des H. Grabs in Gülich Vorstehern und Commissarium in Spiritualibus [Bound with: ] Mausoleum S. Jacobi Apostoli Chronologico-Mysticum, Oder Geistliches Gebäw In Historischer Beschreibung des Uralten Apostolichen beydes Geschlechts Regulier Ordens des H. Apostels Jacobi zum Heiligen Grab. Allen, bevor selben Ordens Geistlichen zur Nachricht und Trost heylsmlich auffgerichtet Durch Den Woll-Ehrwürdigen Herrn Casparum Petrium Lûell der Regulier Canonissen des H. Grabs in Gülich Commissarium
Newes Wunder der Gnaden, zu finden im Leben Der Ehrwürdigen Mutter Sr. Joannæ von Jesus Maria, Closter-Jungfrawen des vornehmen Closters S. Claræ in Burgos. In Spanischer Sprach vor ungefehr dryen Jahren beschrieben Von dem Wol Ehrw. P. F. Francisco von Ameyugo, Provincialen der strenger Observantz S. Francisci. Anjetzo aber allererst in unsere Teutsche Sprach übersetzt in der Carthaus zu Cölln. Darinnen allerhand wunderliche und fast unerhörte Geschichten den Leser einerseits zwar erlüstigen; anderseits auch gar schöne und heylsame Discursen, und sonderlich viele herrliche Lehrstücke (so Christus der Herr, wie auch seine Glorw. Mutter und andere Heyligen dieser Ehrw. Jungfrawen ertheilet) alle Christliche Seelen höchlich aufferbawen können. Sambt angehencktem Contrafait einer in Gott verliebter Seelen, Alveræ von Virmond, Priorin des Closters zum H. Grab binnen Gülich [Bound with, as issued: ] Lebhafftes Contrafait, Einer auffrichtiger in der Geistlicher Vollkommenheit ergebener und in Gott verliebter Seelen, In der Wohl-Ehrwürdigen in Gott ruhender Frawen, Alvera von Virmund. Bey Lebzeiten deß uhralten Regulirten Ordens vom H. Grab zu Gülich Wohlverdienter Vorsteherin. Mit scheinbahren Tugend-Farben schlechthin entworffen, in Zwey Theil verfasset, und allen Geistliebenden Seelen zur Nachfolg fürgestelt Durch den Wohl-Ehrwürdigen Herren Casparum Petrum Lull, der Regulier Canonissen des H. Grabs in Gülich Vorstehern und Commissarium in Spiritualibus [Bound with: ] Mausoleum S. Jacobi Apostoli Chronologico-Mysticum, Oder Geistliches Gebäw In Historischer Beschreibung des Uralten Apostolichen beydes Geschlechts Regulier Ordens des H. Apostels Jacobi zum Heiligen Grab. Allen, bevor selben Ordens Geistlichen zur Nachricht und Trost heylsmlich auffgerichtet Durch Den Woll-Ehrwürdigen Herrn Casparum Petrium Lûell der Regulier Canonissen des H. Grabs in Gülich Commissarium
by de Ameyugo, Francisco ; [The Carthusians of Cologne] (trans. & ed.) ; Lull, Caspar P. (Caspar Peter)
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Sammelband bound in contemporary calf with one metal clasp remaining, in 4to. [I.:] pp. (24), 476 [i.e. 470], (6), including engraved frontispiece and additional engraved plate of Sor Juana. Pp. 326-9 and 357-8 omitted in pagination, as issued. Translated by Caspar Peter Lull and approved by the German censors in 1681 although Ameyugo’s Nueva Maravilla de la Gracia descubierta en la Vida de la Venerable Madre Sor Juana de Jesus Maria (Madrid, 1673) had been placed on the Index Librorum...
Topics: Juana de Jesús María, Sor, 1564-1650, Women mystics -- Early works to 1800, Nuns -- Biography...
Folio broadside, 30.7 x 21.6 cm, with simple woodcut borders and large central vignette of the Virgen de la Guia holding her trademark ship in one hand and the Infant Christ in the other. The iconographically distinct patroness is encountered mainly in Southern Spain, and was typically invoked as the protector of sailors or seafaring expeditions. Completed in manuscript for one Maria Josefa Gutieres, dated 23rd December, 1780, and signed with a cut-out paper seal affixed with wax. Printed...
16mo. pp. 15, [1, blank]. Stitched in contemporary carta rustica. First and only edition of this seemingly unrecorded small handbook collecting prayers to Our Lady of Mount Carmel as well as to the Carmelite nun and mystic Saint Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi (1566–1607). The work was published on the occasion of the Festa della Madonna del Carmine in Perugia and dedicated to a local noblewoman who acted as the ‘prioress’ of the celebrations. The Festa della Beata Vergine Maria del Monte...
Thick 4to. [22.4 x 17.2 cm], 2 parts in 1, with divisional title page, pp. (32), 484; (4), 485-865, [1 integral blank]. Including full-page engraved frontispiece by Suor Isabella Piccini depicting a barefoot Teresa seated with quill in hand, whip and skull on her side table, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. 18th century manuscript inscription of the Discalced Hieronymites of Treviso on title page, alongside a later 18th or 19th century stamp of the ‘Conventus Carmel. Discal....
8vo. pp. (56), 464, (6), (1 terminal blank), plus engraved frontispiece. Uncut, with deckled edges, bound in early 19th wrappers with bookseller’s ticket. Sole edition (as such, e.g. Brussels: Foppens, 1715 reissued the work under a slightly different title), in a remarkable state of preservation. “The book did not attract much attention outside of Spain until Croset, a Recollect friar, translated and published the first part of it, at Marseilles, 1696 [ie 1695!]. This was the signal of a...
4to. pp. XVI, 95. Contemporary vellum. Ex-libris of the Capuchins of Rieti (?). Sole edition. Intended to address topics encountered in a nun’s daily life, ranging from ‘tepidity’ to chastity, the virtues of manual labor and handicrafts, and the education of young girls. The final sermon describes the ‘renewal of vows’ ceremony undertaken by the nuns in the Monastery of the Visitation at Pinerlo, so the work would appear to have been composed specifically for them (as reflected in the...
Topics: Monastic and religious life of women -- Italy -- Early works to 1800, Monasticism and religious...
8vo. pp. xxiv, 372, (12), 34. Lacking the 2 engraved portraits of Marillac and her husband. Contemporary calf. “Sr Grelba??? dite St. Francois Xarrè???”. First edition, edited by Pierre Collet from Gobillon's biography of 1676 Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Louise de Marillac, Saint, 1591-1660 -- Early works to 1800, Louise de Marillac, Saint, 1591-1660,...
8vo. pp. (12), 386, (10), plus engraved title and 55 plates by Claudine Brunand. 19th C cloth. Second edition (first, 1670) of of this remarkable tour-de-force by the female engraver and poet Claudine Brunand (1630-1674), of whom little is otherwise known. Until that time, Brunand’s small oeuvre had only included commissions for frontispieces and portraits, but in the present work, she extends herself to no less than 56 engravings to illustrate the life of Teresa of Avila. While the vast...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582,...
Small 4to. pp. (2), 34. Modern wrappers. Sole edition, unrecorded in OCLC or the CCFR. A fascinating document which cannot be traced in any other survival: an early biography of the deceased Princess Louise of France, composed by her fellow Carmelite Therese de Jesus, who signs the work at the end. The fact that it bears a confusing imprint (“Paris, et se trouvent [...] à Gand”) may indicate it was not officially sanctioned. As a daughter of the philandering Louis XV, Louise was drawn to...
Topics: Louise, Princess, daughter of Louis XV, King of France, 1737-1787 -- Early works to 1800,...
4to. pp. (8) including engraved portrait, 387, (5). Contemporary vellum, worn. Sole edition. Later in life, Teresa travelled widely across Spain, founding some 17 convents in the 20 years before her death in 1582. The present work recounts these efforts, likely issued to celebrate her canonization in 1622 Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582, Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582, Carmelite Nuns -- Spain --...
4to. pp. LV (1). Repair (with tape, to verso) at head of title page. Stab-stitched, subsequently bound into and disbound from a Sammelband. A celebratory publication attributed to an important author, for the profession of one Maria de las Nieves Caamaño as a Carmelite nun. It is a dialogue, written in verse, between Jesus Christ, and a nun (”his mystical wife a religious soul”). Besides the dialogue, there is further poetry comprising “a serious-humorous farewell which the new religious...
Topics: Caamaño de Santa Teresa, María de las Nieves, Carmelite Nuns -- Spain -- Seville -- Poetry --...
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by [Dauxon, Claire A. (Claire Angelique)]
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Manuscript, one volume (21.5 cms. x 16 cms.), 279 pages of writing (pp. 1-2 (4) 3-70, 72-94, (1 blank), 95-277) + a 13-line note tipped onto front pastedown in a different hand. With a four-page addition in another (third) hand. One short note slipped in at p. 240, in this hand as well. Bound in contemporary dark brown calf, spine gilt. The text and addition are written in fair hands, without significant crossings out. The paper for the tipped-in note had a strip torn away, removing text from...
8vo. 2 parts in 1 vol. pp. (36), 406, (2); pp. 333, (7), including engraved vignette on title, 1 full-page engraving on verso of title of Part II, and two full-page woodcuts. Contemporary calf. Ex-libris of a Strasbourg library. Sole edition. A curious work, probably not intended for nuns themselves thanks to its Latin. The subject is all manners of perfection to be striven for by Discalced Carmelites, with reference to the precepts of St. Teresa of Avila. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins...
Topics: Discalced Carmelites -- Early works to 1800, Discalced Carmelite Nuns -- Early works to 1800,...
ff. (2). Written on behalf of Abbess Leonora de Givenio, apparently accusing a certain Nicolo Jacopo Gemai and another man (?). On the 20th of ???, “the aforementioned accused, armed and violent, without fear (?) of God and righteousness” made their way into the convent, where they proceeded to cut down and uproot a number of fruit trees, destroying or making off with 2,000 fruits. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
8vo. ff. (18). F. (14) present as a stub and clearly intended to be canceled. The canceled leaf was conjugate with f. (5), which has a naïve woodcut of Santa Rosa on the recto and is blank on the verso (with an engraving of Santa Clara, holding her monstrance, pasted to it). The 9 bifolia are nested as one quire. Bound in near-contemporary vellum. The pastedowns, made from printer’s waste, are fragments of a larger sheet with partial woodcut royal arms and woodcut ornaments. Inscriptions on...
Topics: Rose, of Viterbo, Saint, approximately 1234-approximately 1252 -- Early works to 1800, Third Order...
8vo. pp. 335, (1). Ownership inscription: “Desses B[üechlii??] gehörst der vill Ehr Wed[?] tugendreichen wibt[?] Fraue Maria Westula[?] Ledergäeberin Von [??] Linden 1761”. First edition of these directions for the Sisterhood of Perpetual Adoration, recently established by Joseph Helg as part of a new generation of religious communities in ‘New St. Gallen’, several miles from the buildings of the famous Benedictine, mostly male community. The convent for the Sisterhood was officially...
Topics: Monasticism and religious orders for women -- Switzerland -- Early works to 1800, Benedictine nuns...
4to. pp. (8) including added engraved title page, 590, (2). Contemporary vellum. “Di Chiarito La Reveredissima Madre Soppriora”. First edition, an immaculate copy including a charming engraved title page featuring 8 nuns adoring the Virgin Mary. The present copy is a wonderful example of the practical usage of such works: alongside the Dominican Father Richiedei’s precepts on ‘Obedience, Poverty, Chastity, Cloistering, Divine Offices, the Mass, Silence, Orations, Charity, Humility’...
Topics: Nuns -- Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800, Monastic and religious life of women -- Early works...
8vo. pp. (10), 396, (4). Bound in contemporary vellum, spine lettered in ink, ties as fragments, backboard with small pieces of vellum missing. Woodcut of the Trinity at the top of the dedication page. Engraved portrait of the protagonist with background print of crucifix pinned to the cell wall, to the right of an actual crucifix—a very “metatextual” visual dimension for an engraving. Inscribed: “Para el Religiosisimo Conv[en]to de las [R…?]es Capuchinas de la Puebla. En nombre de...
4to. pp. (12), 276. Engraved title by Adamo Scultori, 21 large engravings. Contemporary parchment. Early edition of a popular Italian companion to the mysteries of the rosary, illustrated with a series of emblematic engravings which reinforce the numerical satisfactions of reciting the rosary. Andrea Giannetti compiled the text from the spiritual writings of the Spanish Dominican. While it originated in monastic devotions, the practice of reciting the rosary, which is traced to the 15th-century...
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Prayers and devotions -- Italian, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint,...
8vo. pp. 535, (25), plus 3 engraved portraits. Contemporary calf. First edition of this new life of St. Begga, the subject of popular veneration in her native Brabant. A different text appeared in Flemish in 1631, according to the STCV. The present copy contains all three engravings, illustrating not only St. Begga, but some of her early female followers: Joanna Dedemaecker and St. Anna van Schrieck Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Begga, Saint, 613-693, Monasticism and religious orders -- Belgium -- Early works to 1800,...
Folio. pp. (44); (12), 228; (12), 229-1154, (2), including two engraved title pages (second signed Petrus Rucholle, depicting scenes from Ursula’s life). Bound in 18th century blindstamped German pigskin with remains of clasps. Ex-libris inscriptions of the Jesuit College in Augsburg dated 1669 and stamp of St. Joseph’s Seminary (NY) on title page. Rare sole edition of this imposing monument to the Ursuline order: a more than 1000-page exposition of the Legend of St. Ursula and the 11,000...
Topics: Ursula, Saint -- Early works to 1800, Ursula, Saint
12mo. pp. vi, 74. Contemporary calf. First edition. A pocket biography of St. Colette, Abbess and the founder of the Colettines, a reform branch of the Poor Clares. The work was published in Collette's native Ghent, between her beatification and eventual canonization as the patron saint of women seeking to conceive. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Colette, Saint, 1381-1447 -- Early works to 1800, Colettines -- Early works to 1800
4to. pp. (12) including engraved portrait, 409, (21). Late 19th C quarter calf. Sole edition of this Italian life of Gertrude the Great, by a secular priest. Campacci diligently produced his own ‘Discorso Cronologico’ (pp 154-160) on the saint’s life, fixing the exact dates of her birth and death as well as significant events in her life. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Gertrude, the Great, Saint, 1256-1302 -- Early works to 1800, Gertrude, the Great, Saint,...
4to. pp. (16), 650, (1 blank). Engraved title page. Modern quarter vellum. First edition of this important conduct guide for nuns, probably intended for those pursuing a secular (‘Third Order’) rather than a cloistered path Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Monastic and religious life of women -- Italy -- Early works to 1800, Spiritual life -- Catholic...
12mo. pp. (12), 468, including engraved added title. Old vellum. Sole edition, unrecorded. Of interest to the present collection for the inclusion of just 1 woman among the 16 literary 'portraits' of saints – Rose of Peru. De Matta's choice to include her certainly suggests just how popular she was at the time – she is also the only non-saint (canonized in 1671). The work includes an original Vita as well as a 14-line panegyric to Rose, “In Lima nata impareggiabili Rosa...” etc Click...
Topics: Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1586-1617 -- Early works to 1800, Christian saints -- Biography -- Early...
8vo. pp. 24. Old wrappers. First separate appearance. A brief text on the duties of nuns, in the form of a letter to a young girl preparing to enter a convent. Cacciaguerra was a close companion of St. Filippo Neri Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Monastic and religious life of women -- Early works to 1800, Religious life -- Catholic Church --...
12mo. pp. 24. Contemporary calf, bound with two other devotional works. 'Een Korte Oeffeninghe ...' is the second work in this Sammelband. The title translates as: 'A Brief Exercise following the Spirit of the Holy Mother Teresa, Very Profitable for Anyone, in Order to arrive in a short Time at the Perfection of Virtue with little Effort, and with Enjoyment. Given out for the New Year to all God-loving Souls'. The verso of the title page depicts a very curious engraving of St Teresa playing a...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Discalced Carmelites -- Early works to...
8vo. pp. (16), 466, (14), plus engraved frontispiece. Contemporary calf. “Reale Tenuta Viareggio Toscana”, i.e. the royal library of the Bourbon kings and queen in Tuscany from 1821-1893 (Villa Borbonico). First edition, and the first biography of this nun. Marie-Madeleine was a co-founder – along with Antoine Yvan (d. 1653) of a new Order following the Rule of St Augustine. The Nuns of Our Lady of Mercy began in 1637 or 1639 and received Papal approval in 1642, but never expanded beyond...
Topics: Marie Madeleine de la Sainte-Trinité, mère, 1612-1678, Yvan, Antoine, 1576-1653, Yvan, Antoine,...
2 vols, 12mos. pp. (24) including engraved frontispiece, 216; pp. 106, (6); pp. (4) including engraved frontispiece, 221- 512; pp. xxiv. With two half-page devotional engravings at the head of each volume. Contemporary calf. Early edition (first, 1691). Marguerite Marie Alacoque was a celebrated pioneer of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart, and Croiset's account of these practices includes the first account of the Visitandine nun's life, published just one year after her death. This is the...
Topics: Alacoque, Marguerite Marie, Saint, 1647-1690 -- Early works to 1800, Visitation Nuns -- Early works...
Third of 5 vols, in 8vo. pp. (10), 592, (30), including 10 full-page engraved plates. Bound in contemporary gilt-stamped vellum, all edges gilt. Early inscription of the Discalced Augustinian Convento of San Nicola Tolentino in Rome on title page; small red stamps on rear endpaper of St. Hyacinth Seminary, Granby, Massachusetts. Cruz’s work adapts the teachings of St Paul the Apostle and Thomas Aquinas’ accompanying commentary to the tenets of Teresa of Avila’s famously personal religion,...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274 --...
8vo (175 x 107 mm). (1 leaf), pp. “174” [i.e., 178], (2). Manuscript on paper, frontispiece pen-and-ink drawing of the crucifixion with inset of Adam and Eve. Illustrated with fifteen highly finished drawings. Bound in contemporary Viennese or Bohemian gold-tooled brown calf. A consummately illustrated calligraphic manuscript by a Viennese calligrapher, mathematician, educator at the Savoyisch Liechtensteinschen Akadamie in Vienna, and member of the Piarist order. Containing selected...
Manuscript, [19.8 cms. x 15.5 cms.], writing to 193 pages (pages excluded from this count where there is only a single line or so of writing). Numbered blanks, some excisions of leaves. Paginated: (1-2, 5-28, 30 (misnumbered)-41, 44-91, 96-107, 114-119, 122-123, 128-130, 132 (misnumbered)-136, [2], 1-57, 80 (misnumbered), 85 (possibly misnumbered)-90, 93-110, 117-118, 121-128, 133-140, 142-147. Bound in vellum over boards. Pp. 101-2 loose. Text block loose from binding at joints but still...
Folio (31.2 cms. x 21.6 cms.), 1 sheet. Watermark of a cross within a shield with, below, the letter R. An interesting document for Mexican convent economics and the lives of nuns. A 3,000 pesos dowry of a novice, one Magdalena de San Juan, legitimate daughter of Jácome Alfonso and Francisca de Arévalo (both deceased), is to be paid to the (Hieronymite) Convent of St. Jerome (and St. Paula) of Mexico City. The nun was to receive 700 pesos to have for the rest of her life, with any left over...
8vo. ff. (23) [1 blank], pp. 165, f. (1) [colophon]. Bound in contemporary limp vellum with vertical manuscript short title on spine. Numerous woodcut headpieces, factotum initials, typographical headpieces and dividers. Woodcut tailpieces. Old two-line ink inscription on verso of front free endleaf. Possibly lacking a final printed preliminary printed leaf; ours is blank. Leaf ***4 wrongly signed ***3; ***5 wrongly signed ***4. First and only edition. The present copy is an unrecorded variant,...
Topics: Ignes de Jesus, Sister, Nuns -- Portugal -- Lisbon -- Biography, Nuns, Portugal -- Lisbon
12mo. pp. (16), 173, (3). Engraved arms of dedicatee. Contemporary calf. Sole edition, exceedingly rare, with one other known copy in the CCFR, at Montpellier. A fascinating treatise on the use of the religious veil, dedicated to a local Abbess. The author argues that the privileges accorded to nuns come with the obligation to observe certain behaviors, including the wearing of a veil Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Convents -- Early works to 1800, Nuns -- Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800, Monasticism and...
8vo. 3 parts in 1 vol. pp. vii, 291. Bound with [Marie Angélique de Sainte-Magdeleine Arnauld], Memoires pour Servir a la Vie de la R. Mere Marie Angelique de Sainte Magdelaine Arnauld, Réformatrice de Port-Royal. [Amsterdam?], 1737. Both texts are the earliest appearances in print of works composed in the previous century. Under Abbess Angélique, the Cistercian convent of Port Royal became a stronghold of Jansenism and social foment, resulting in its vicious suppression by Louis XIV. Around...
Topics: Arnauld, Jacqueline Marie Angélique, 1591-1661 -- Early works to 1800, Arnauld, Jacqueline Marie...
4to. pp. (12) including woodcut plate, 60, 119. Contemporary vellum. First edition as such, with a preface by Doña Angela Apontes, the royal printer responsible for bringing it to the press. This version of Saavedra's text was first printed in 1670; but in the 18th century Saavedra was rediscovered as a proto-Enlightenment figure and texts such as the present one were held up as fine examples of healthy skepticism. The work is a Lucianesque satire based on the premise of an imaginary world...
Topics: Literature -- History and criticism -- Early works to 1800, Authors -- Early works to 1800,...
4to. pp. 32. Modern wrappers. Sole edition. A sermon by the Vicar-General of the island of Menorca, probably delivered to a congregation of nuns in nearby Mallorca. The sermon gives a sketch of the life of Frémiot de Chantal and urges further devotion to her Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Chantal, Jeanne-Françoise de, Saint, 1572-1641 -- Early works to 1800, Visitation Nuns -- Early...
Large-format broadside, 55 x 39.5 cm with Bishop Denhoff’s arms printed in red-and-black and text in two columns. Unrecorded broadside containing 15 numbered edicts authored by the Bishop of Cesena detailing a remarkably precise set of rules regarding the use of the Parlatorio, and regulating in granular detail the communications of the nuns with the outside world. Given its format and subject matter, it is possible to imagine at the broadside was displayed on the wall of the Parlatorio...
Source: folio
Folio broadsheet (464 x 440 mm). Large woodcut of a trumpeting angel with birds and clouds at top, woodcut floral border framing the word Canzone, bandeau with volutes and flowers, and initial border; the poem in two columns with type-ornament column divider. An unrecorded poem honoring the investiture of the eldest daughter of a prominent Udine jurist, by the Muranese poet and abbot Angelo Dalmistro. The vogue in Italy for writing poems to celebrate important life events, both to exhibit the...
Source: folio
4to. pp. (24), 426, [1 integral blank]. Bound in contemporary limp vellum, both ties intact save for rear knots. Several early inscriptions on flyleaf (partially washed out) indicating use in a Franciscan convent, by permission of the Abbess: “Este libro es de l’uso de Sor Maria Theresa, de Sta Clara consedido par la Abe[ssa?] ???? a que selo y ???? La Madre ???? d Granada por ???? Autora [?] de esta obra Pta [?] suya ????? / Aqui donde el abrazo & destos axios en dulcesa, Manuela...
Topics: Christian poetry, Spanish, Monastic and religious life of women -- Poetry -- Early works to 1800,...
4to. ff. 15, pp. 64. Recent quarter calf over marbled boards. First and apparently only edition of this biography of Sor Geronima de Jesus (1653-1711), published under the auspices of the Abbess of the Convent. Sor Geronima was born to a well-to-do family, as the daughter of the mayor. She entered the Convent of Rosal de Priego when she was 19 years old. The convent had been founded by her ancestor, Hurtado de Mendoza, in 1525. Sor Geronima had an active life: she became Abess of the Rosal de...