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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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Single-sheet etching on laid paper [13.0 x 9.8 cm the sheet, 11.1 x 8.3 cm the platemark]. Unrecorded, separately issued etching of this (unusual treatment of a) popular Franciscan subject. When St. Francis was at La Verna in 1224, Brother Leo came to him hoping to receive some words written by the saint’s hand. St. Francis soon complied, giving Leo a sheet of parchment on which he had written a benediction, which is still preserved at S. Francesco in Assisi. This subject was treated rarely...
Source: folio
4to in 8s [25.7 x 19.4 cm], pp. 16, with half-page engraving of Sacred Heart and woodcut initial. 4 identical copies bound uniformly in original sprinkled wrappers. Unrecorded first and only edition of this 18th-century enrollment booklet for the Archiconfraternità del Santissimo Cuore di Gesù at the Roman church of S. Teodoro al Palatino, here in 4 copies, internally left blank as issued, making the collection a rare survival of “new old stock” printing from the hand-press era. The 4...
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...
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...
Large folio broadside [42.5 x 31 cm], composed of three woodcut vignettes (St. Joseph flanked by Guardian Angels) and two columns of text within woodcut borders. Completed in shaky manuscript by a nun, ‘a la Muy R[everend]a M[adr]e B[ern]arda de SS Jose’ dated the 19th of [?], 1784, and counter-signed by the Rector, Mayordomo, and Secretario. With a lengthy inscription on verso dated the 3rd January from Puebla de los Angeles: “Se canto la Missa por el alma de la M[adr]e Bernarda de S. S....
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Nov 30, 2021 [Cofradia, y Hermandad de los Esclavos del Santissimo Sacramento, y Nuestra Señora de la Concepcion]
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Folio broadside [31 x 21.5 cm]. With typographical border and two woodcuts, each ca. 83 x 55 mm, depicting the Virgin Mary and a Passion Flower with two leaves carrying the names Andres and Antonio. Accomplished in manuscript for Isabel de los Reyes, 9 March 1702. Countersigned by the Rector, Don Miguel Lopez del Castillo, and the Mayordomo Diego de Merlo, along with the remains of an embossed paper seal. Lengthy manuscript inscription on verso. Very rare early membership certificate of to the...
Topics: Cofradía y Hermandad de los Esclavos del Santísimo Sacramento y de Nuestra Señora de la...
Source: folio
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Nov 30, 2021 Seguin, Joseph; Delannoi, Marie A. (Marie Anthonette [sic])
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4to. manuscript (21.5 x 16.5 cm in binding measuring 24 x 18 cm). pp. 97, (7 [of which 4 blank]), later single-leaf insert between pp. 38-39 dated 1781. Bound (likely at the time) in a re-purposed 16th century antiphonal leaf. Neatly executed in brown ink with occasional red ink initials. Frequent contemporary corrections to the text; candle-wax drippings generally not obscuring text. Early manuscript note on pastedown: “the ceremonies are read in the refectory on the day before...
Folio. Single bifolium of pp. (4). Large [12 x 8.5 cm] engraving of St Homobonus administering the Sacrament to a kneeling penitent, flanked by symbols of Charity and Justice; all text in simple woodcut borders. Accomplished in manuscript on p. 4 by Felix Rodes, Thesorero, admitting Gertrudis Coxana as a Sister of the Confraternity, dated 12 December 1803. Slightly loss to center folds, affecting a few letters of text and lower margin of engraving. Later manuscript additions recording...
Topics: Cofradía del Señor San Homobono (Mexico City, Mexico), Catholic Church -- Mexico -- Societies,...
Source: folio
Small 8vo. pp. (16), including initial blank acting as a front wrapper, plus engraved plate of St. Michael, Guardian of the Blessed Sacrament, signed [José] ‘Morales’. Extremely rare example of a pocket-sized membership booklet printed for the Confraternity of the Holy Angels in Mexico City – and in this case filled out by a female devotee, Brigida Rodriguez, who joined in 1788 and remained a member until her death in 1804. Beyond their religious functions, such organizations probably...
Large 4to. 38 written pages on ff. (27), with the first and last 4 ff blank (and the final leaf of the penultimate gathering removed for binding). Bound in contemporary full crushed red velvet with yellow-and-blue embroidered silk ties, with two full sheets of gilt-brocade as endpapers. With a separately-issued engraving (16 x 11.5 cm) decorated by an ink wash border of putti and generally colorful designs. Remarkable collection of documents penned at different times by different hands,...
8vo. pp. 16 pp, [1 integral blank, conjugate with engraved frontispiece of an icon of the Fainting Virgin] Bound in contemporary card covers. Ownership inscription on verso of frontispiece: “Io sono Maria Teresa Orti Maselli entro nella V[enerabile] Co[ngregazione] della B. V. dello Spasimo li 27. Marzo 1795, e pago il suo Ingresso con 74:---." Unrecorded printed membership booklet for a ‘Congregation of One Hundred Plus Women’ particularly devoted to the Fainting Virgin Mary as...
4to. pp. (12), 104, plus 2 full-page engraved plates signed by Hipolito Ricarte after Luis Domingo. Bound in modern marbled wrappers. Single manuscript manicule on p. 21. Very rare sole edition of this elegiac sermon pronounced in the Jesuit church of Valencia in memory of the Catalan nun Josepha Maria Garcia (1673-1743). A baroque portrait shows the nun receiving the Blood of Christ in a thin stream directly from his side, while from the opposite direction she is also offered an equally thin...
Folio. pp. (36), 428, plus engraved plate. Bound in contemporary limp vellum with calligraphed title on spine. Renewed endpapers, Wormtrack affecting the last 20 pp. Rare first edition of the first biography of the Catalan nun Josepha Maria Garcia (1673-1743), printed “para Consuelo, y Exemplo de sus Hermanas, y Venerable Comunidad”. A relatively luxurious production in folio format, the work was evidently commissioned by the nuns themselves, and the dedication to King Ferdinand VI is...
Topics: Garcia, Josepha Maria, 1673-1743, Garcia, Josepha Maria, 1673-1743, Capuchin Poor Clares --...
Letterpress printed folding narrow strip of paper, stitched together out of six parts, measuring 60 x 1980 mm, printed within decorative border with religious woodcut at the beginning. A curious example of a ‘Holy length’, a manifestation of popular piety. ‘Holy Lengths’ were intended to create a tangible reference to Christ, the Virgin Mary or some saints by pretending to depict their real body size or that of individual body parts such as the arm or foot. In the 18th and 19th...
Source: folio
4to. pp. (8) including initial blank, CLXVI, (2). Bound in contemporary stiff vellum with gilt title label on spine. Engraved arms on title page. Armorial bookplate on pastedown of Giovanni Domenico Berio (Naples, d. 1791), Marchese di Salza, who gave the work to his son Francesco Maria Berio (1765-1820). After Francesco’s death, the library was shipped to England and sold to John William Ward, 3rd Viscount Dudley and Ward, whose armorial bookplate is on rear pastedown, with the motto...
Topics: Monasticism and religious orders for women -- Dowry, Dowry (Canon law), Dowry (Canon law)
Large 4to. pp. (36), 686, including engraved portrait. Bound in contemporary gilt-tooled calf with gilt title label on spine, all edges stained red. Worming to upper corner of the final 30 pp, mainly affecting index but with loss of a few letters. Trimmed a little closely on lower edge at the time of binding, resulting in partial loss of the imprint. Rare sole edition, and the first appearance in print, of the ‘writings’ of Beatriz Ana Ruiz (1666-1735), an illiterate, uncloistered mystic...
Topics: Ruiz, Beatriz Ana, 1656-1735, Ruiz, Beatriz Ana, 1656-1735, Augustinians -- Spain -- Biography,...
8vo. pp. (2), XIV, 290, [1 integral blank]. Bound in contemporary sheep with gilt ornaments and title on spine. Very rare first edition of this ‘radical criticism of [female] monasticism’ in literary form, following the adventures of Florence as she is forced as a child to enter an early modern French convent upon the birth of her brother, but ultimately converts to Protestantism in order to marry her lover, with a few unsuccessful escape attempts, romances and episodes of cross-dressing...
4to. ff. (46), 308 plus allegorical, often-lacking engraved frontispiece and engraved plate of the Holy Sacrament, both signed by Juan de Noort. Rare sole edition of this remarkable offshoot of the Teresian tradition, adapting Teresa’s own mystical writings into even more mystical aphorisms. As a sign of just how accepted Teresa’s brand of spirituality had become by the mid-17th century, Boxados himself was an apostolic inquisitor as well as the founder and patron of the ‘Convento de la...
Folio. pp. (18), 461, (7), plus engraved title page and engraved portrait, both signed by Juan de Noort. Bound in contemporary sheep with remains of gilt titles and ornaments on rubbed and repaired spine. Contents sympathetically recased. Rare first edition of the life and writings of Madre Mariana de San José (1568-1638), printed as a luxurious folio at the Imprenta Royal, likely at the behest of the dedicatee, King Felipe IV. Inspired by her own meeting at the tender age of four with Teresa...
Small 4to. ff. (8), 102, 1 [blank except for printed borders], including 38 pp. of musical notation. Bound in gilt-ruled nineteenth century cherry calf with gilt title and ornaments on spine. Rebacked, with remains of spine laid on. First few leaves of text worn, with a few letters supplemented in manuscript. Early ownership inscription on A5v of “Sor Quiteria Clara”; simple manuscript markings throughout the text, generally signifying the start of sentences (perhaps to aid in recitation?)....
8vo. ff. (12), 333, (1). In nineteenth-century quarter sheep, marbled boards, spine decorated and lettered in gilt, red edges, marbled endpapers. Woodcut vignette of the Virgin Mary to title and colophon, woodcut initials. Early ink inscription to title ‘Ex libris Sororum Annuntiatarum Louaniensium’ in a sixteenth-century hand, occasional marginal notes in the same hand (slightly trimmed), nineteenth-century book label to front pastedown ‘Ex Bibliotheca Cong. SS. Redemptoris...
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Oct 29, 2021 [Congregatione di Santa Maria di Terni]
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Small 4to. ff. (4), 16, (6) [blanks]. Bound in contemporary limp vellum, remnants of ties. Manuscript on paper in a calligraphic hand, mostly in Italian, prayers and bishop’s approbation in Latin. Four devotional engravings pasted on preliminary leaves: ‘S. Maria Maior’ by Karel van Mallery, ‘S. Carolus Borrome’ S.R.E.C.’, the crucifixion by Hieronymus Wierix, and one engraving with scenes from the lives of Christ and Mary, arranged in the shape of a cross. Title within hand-drawn...
8vo. (18.5 x 12.5 cm) manuscript on paper. pp. (2), 125, (9 [table of contents, litany, prayers]), (8 [blank]). Bound in contemporary calf, red morocco gilt-lettered spine label, board edges and turn-ins decorated in gilt, gilt and marbled edges, marbled endpapers. ‘Madame de Richelieu’ and ‘Abbesse de St. Remy des Landes’ lettered in gilt to upper and lower covers respectively. Very neatly written in dark brown ink in a single hand, c. 25 lines per page, occasional corrections. Small...
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Oct 29, 2021 Albergotti, Elena; da Porto Maurizio, Leonardo
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8vo. (10 x 16.5 cm) manuscript on paper. pp. (3), 122, (3). Bound in contemporary vellum, with brass clasps (one catch missing), lower portion of spine missing. Very neatly written collection of devotional texts and a further collection of small manuscripts compiled by a young Carmelite nun, Elena Albergotti, for her own personal use, in red and brown ink, and unrecorded printed pieces of ephemera loosely inserted. Albergotti was a member of a prominent family from Arezzo, in Tuscany. According...
4to. (220 x 165 mm) pp. (26 [numbered 1-6, 9, 10, 13-30, i.e. wanting 2 leaves]). Bound in eighteenth- century calf over boards, traces of gilt border to boards, marbled front pastedown, later embossed metal medallion depicting the Virgin and Child with St John set into upper cover. Some wear to extremities and loss to corners, hinges untidily repaired; Dutch circular ink stamps to pastedowns. Neatly written manuscript on vellum in brown and red ink in three(?) hands, most pages within ruled...
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Oct 29, 2021 [Pascal, Blaise]
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8vo. (157 x 105 mm). pp. (70). Bound in contemporary mottled calf, gilt edges (broken, defective). Calligraphic title, signed and dated by the scribe. Text in a neat italic script in dark brown ink, 14-15 lines, first lines of headings and initials in red ink (faded), thick and thin rule page borders throughout. A few additions or corrections. Following his youthful achievements in mathematics and physics, the author of the prayer, Blaise Pascal, turned his energies exclusively to philosophy...
3 volumes in 8vo. pp. XXX, 322; XX, 413 [= 414], (2); XX, 120, (4). Bound in contemporary marbled boards. With 21 full-page hand-colored lithographs (including 2 frontispieces) and large folding table. From the library of Duke Max in Bavaria (1808-1888), father of Empress Elizabeth of Austria. With publisher's advertisement in supplement and second volume. First and only edition of an attractively illustrated history of monastic orders, both in the Orient and the Occident. The hand-colored...
Topics: Monasticism and religious orders -- History, Monasticism and religious orders
3 volumes in 8vo. pp. XXX, 322; XX, 413 [= 414], (2); XX, 120, (4). Bound in contemporary marbled boards. With 21 full-page hand-colored lithographs (including 2 frontispieces) and large folding table. From the library of Duke Max in Bavaria (1808-1888), father of Empress Elizabeth of Austria. With publisher's advertisement in supplement and second volume. First and only edition of an attractively illustrated history of monastic orders, both in the Orient and the Occident. The hand-colored...
3 volumes in 8vo. pp. XXX, 322; XX, 413 [= 414], (2); XX, 120, (4). Bound in contemporary marbled boards. With 21 full-page hand-colored lithographs (including 2 frontispieces) and large folding table. From the library of Duke Max in Bavaria (1808-1888), father of Empress Elizabeth of Austria. With publisher's advertisement in supplement and second volume. First and only edition of an attractively illustrated history of monastic orders, both in the Orient and the Occident. The hand-colored...
Topics: Monasticism and religious orders -- Habits, Monasticism and religious orders -- History,...
12mo. pp. (6), 640, (24). Contemporary vellum over boards (traces of ties). Added etched title page (dated 1659), woodcut title vignette of Mary and 12 almost full-page etchings with woodcut printer's device on last page. Small emblematic collection stamp on title page. New edition (1st: 1623) of this almanac of Marian feasts with eulogies for each day of the year. The work is illustrated with twelve etchings for each month in which paired male and female saints, identified in the etchings,...
Topics: Christian saints -- Prayers and devotions, Christian saints
4 vols in 16mo. pp. 13, (2), [1 blank], (182); pp. (ii), (190); pp. (ii), (184); (ii), (186). Bound in early 18th-century gilt-ruled speckled calf with corner fleurons (rubbed, one crown chipped), spine and labels gilt, edges sprinkled red and blue. 370 text etchings by Sébastien Leclerc (38 x 47 mm.) printed on rectos with explanatory letterpress text above and below on the recto and filling the verso of each leaf. 10 loose etched leaves by Leclerc, including Saint Petronilla, inserted in...
4to. pp. (26), 270, (78). Contemporary-style binding by Brugalla, signed 1943, in calf, boards with supralibros of Marqués del Saltillo, double gilt fillets, raised bands to spine with lettering piece, compartments and bands finely tooled in gilt, inner dentelle gilt, edges gilt. Engraved title page by Villafranca ‘Po de Villafranca sculptor Regius sculpsit Matriti, 1656’. Text within frame border. Inscription on title page crossed in old ink. First edition of the first and most important...
4to. pp. 28. Kept in later marbled wrappers. Woodcut vignette on title and woodcut initials throughout. A few manuscript corrections and marginal markings (on pp. 4, 9, 16, and 17, possibly authorial). A seemingly unrecorded collection of verses printed to mark the clothing of one Chiara Suman at the Benedictine monastery of Santa Croce in Chioggia, south of Venice. Comprising a variety of anacreontics, elegies, and sonnets, including some in Latin and in Venetian dialect, the poems are...
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Oct 29, 2021 [Scuola Grande dei Carmini]
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Single sheet copper engraving, folio, 21 x 29.5 cm (plate mark 17 x 23.5 cm), at some point folded in the middle. A remarkable piece of religious engraved ephemera, unrecorded, used as a membership certificate for a lay woman on her admission to the confraternity of the Scuola Grande dei Carmini in Venice. Founded in Venice in 1594 as a ‘Confraternita sive scola di laici sotto il nome della Gloriosa Vergine Maria del Monte Carmelo’ by the cloth merchant Bernardin Soardi, the Scuola dei...
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Oct 29, 2021 [Filles de Sainte Geneviève]; Bonnart, Henri (engr.) ; Langlois, Nicolas (engr.)
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12mo. pp. (116), 271, (1). Bound in contemporary black morocco, gilt fillet border to covers, spine in compartments direct lettered in one, gilt edges, marbled endpapers. 6 engraved plates (4th plate pasted to blank p. 110, 6th plate pasted to blank p. 222), woodcut to title. Inscriptions to front flyleaves ‘Sr Cardin,’ ‘Hure prêtre,’ ‘S. & F. Ex dono dni Annae Antonii Hure,’ inscription at head of title ‘Domus probationis Parisiensis Soc. Jesu,’ pencil notes to front free...
8vo. pp. (2), 96, (2); with blank leaves bound in at end. Bound in contemporary black morocco, spine in compartments lettered and decorated in gilt, gilt dentelle border to covers incorporating suns, gilt turn-ins and edges, gilt brocade endpapers with floral design, silk place marker. Woodcut arms to title, initial, head- and tailpiece. Ex libris of T. Froissart to front free endpaper. Very rare set of rules for the community of Augustinian nuns at the hospital of Saint-Esprit in Lille, in...
12mo, pp. 95, (1) [blank], (4) inserted between pp. 90 and 91, a slightly smaller bifolium including a series of devotional acts in preparation for the Holy Communion. Bound in contemporary sheep, spine in compartments simply tooled in blind. One woodcut tailpiece and one woodcut illustration depicting the crucifixion. Seemingly unrecorded provincial printing of this summary of the rule for secular Franciscan tertiaries, a rule separate from that of the religious Franciscans and intended for...
8vo. pp. xvi, 476, (1) [errata], (2) [privilege], (1) [blank]. Bound in contemporary calf, flat spine tooled in gilt with morocco lettering-piece. First edition of this guide to leadership in convents, by the French nun Elisabeth Fleuret (1721–1789), of the Congregation de Notre-Dame. Addressed to a newly elected Mother Superior, the advice deals with every aspect of the running of a monastery. Fleuret opens by giving a general account of the nature of superiority, emphasizes the importance...
Topics: Religious institutions -- France -- Management -- Early works to 1800, Convents -- France --...
4to, pp. (40), 280. In a magnificent contemporary Portuguese red morocco binding, covers richly decorated with gilt borders, corner- and centerpieces incorporating floral tools, spine gilt in compartments lettered in one, gilt and gauffered edges, marbled endpapers. Woodcut initials and headpieces. On the title verso is an armorial ink stamp of the Dukes of Lafões, likely João Carlos de Bragança, the second Duke, politician, military commander, and founder of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences,...
Topic: Benedictinas-Reglas, Constituciones, etc
12mo. pp. (4), 189, (3). Bound in contemporary sheep, spine gilt in compartments with red morocco lettering-piece, edges sprinkled red. Book label of the ‘Abbaye de Pradines’ to front pastedown, occasional underlining in pencil. Scarce first edition of this biography of the Visitandine nun Suzanne de Riants de Villerey (1639–1724), with a handsome frontispiece portrait of her, dressed in her habit and holding a book. The anonymous biographer begins by charmingly describing Suzanne as a...
Topics: Riants de Villerey, Susanne-Marie de, Nuns -- France -- Lyon -- Biography -- Early works to 1800,...
Three parts in one folio volume. pp. (ii), 16, 114; 15, (1) blank; 34. Bound in contemporary vellum. Vellum tabs marking parts. Seemingly unrecorded collection of the documents relating to the beatification process for the fifteenth-century Dominican mystic Stefana Quinzani de Quinzanis (1457–1530), whose cultus was finally confirmed in December 1740 by Benedict XIV. Stefana Quinzani (also Stephana de Quinzanis) was born into a poor family in Brescia in 1457, after which her father became a...
4to. pp. xx. Bound in twentieth-century half cloth over boards. First and only edition, seemingly unrecorded, of a collection of sonnets celebrating the admission of Laura Parensi, a young noblewoman from one of the most prominent families of Lucca, to the local monastery of San Domenico. The sonnets included are by Simon-Francesco Boccella, Canon Giovan-Battista Cenami, Prior Paolino Nieri, lawyer Pietro Paolo di Poggio, Romano Garzoni, Lorenzo Maria Mansi, Fabio Marchini, and Abbot Domenico...
2 works bound in one 8vo. pp. xv, [1, blank], 143, [1, blank]; 8. Bound in near contemporary calf, boards within elaborate gilt frame, central gilt fleuron, spine decorated gilt, all edges gilt. Folded, loosely inserted eighteenth-century manuscript leaf with a series of spiritual contemplations, particularly on the subject of venial sins, most likely compiled by a nun. Later ownership inscription of sister Maria Angelica Zanatta (‘Questo libro è di Maria Angelica Zanatta indegna serva di...
4to. pp. 36. Stitched in contemporary wrappers of brocade paper, with embossed floral motifs in red on gold background. Title within woodcut typographic frame. Woodcut head- and tailpieces throughout. First and only edition, unrecorded, of a series of poems celebrating the ordination of a novice in the Dominican monastery of Santa Maria delle Veteri in Milan, rather strikingly printed with the use of different type sizes and typographical ornaments. Many of the 34 emblematic and symbolic...
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...
12mo. pp. (8), 127 [i.e. 163], (5). Bound in early nineteenth-century vellum over boards. Frontispiece with woodcut image of Saint Claire holding an open book in one hand and a crucifix in the other. Eighteenth-century manuscript annotation by a nun to bottom of frontispiece. First and only edition, apparently unrecorded, of the rules and constitutions of the monastery of Saint Clare in the town of Bra, in Piedmont. The monastery was founded in 1633 by Margherita Saracena and a group of devout...
4to. pp. 68. In recent plain wrappers. First and only edition. The only other known copy is held at the Biblioteca Passerini-Landi in Piacenza. This extremely rare collection of sonnets, madrigals and odes celebrates the admission of Margherita Radini Todeschi (or Tedeschi) to the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria della Neve in Piacenza, who took on the name Maria Margherita Caterina. The monastery of Santa Maria della Neve, first mentioned in a deed as early as 1233, was converted into a...
Folio broadside (c. 35 x 46 cm). Word ‘sonetti’ within elaborate woodcut cartouche, three woodcut initials and typographic elements. Unrecorded, provincially printed broadside celebrating the ordination of a novice into the Augustinian Order and her admission to the monastery of the Santissima Annunziata in Valenza. The sonnets by the cleric Francesco Maria Cavalli, cousin of the novice Alba Regina Teresa Edwige Cagni, play on the theme of marriage and in particular that of the novice...
Source: folio
8vo. pp. 20 [A1 blank]. Stitched in contemporary plain pale yellow wrappers. Woodcut head- and tailpieces throughout. Seemingly unrecorded collection of verses celebrating the vows taken by countess Vittoria Bentivogli and her admission to the Augustinian monastery of Santa Monica in Florence, under her new name of Sister Maria Vittoria Cassandra Teresa Fedele Colomba Accesa. The verses by, among others, Antonio Salvi, Pier Jacopo Martelli, Orreste Pillade, Tolomeo Borgarani, Ippolito Neri,...
Large 4to. pp. lxviii. Bound in contemporary decorative block printed paper-covered boards. Woodcut decorative elements throughout, engraved emblematic vignette to title, large engraved headpiece vignette by B. Crivellari after G. Zompini to p. vii, one large engraved tailpiece to last page with indication of the printer. First and only edition, seemingly unrecorded, of a large collection of poems celebrating the admission of Orsola Cabrini to the monastery of Saints Rocco and Margherita in...
2 parts in an 8vo. vol. pp. 223, (1 [blank]); pp. 67, (5 [table of contents]). Bound in contemporary vellum, reusing an earlier manuscript for the covers (text visible on underside), edges sprinkled red. Woodcut vignette to both titles, woodcut initial and headpiece. Five small slipcovers with manuscript text pasted over original text on pp. 7 and 8 of first part. A few passages lightly crossed through in pencil. Besides two other copies (at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen and at the...
Large folio [55 x 41.5 cm] plate, printed on thick paper. Engraved in the ‘crayon manner’ in two colors (black and red) with engraved caption; “No. 645” at lower right. Striking, large-format stipple engraving printed in two colors depicting the head of St. Teresa of Avila in a state of ecstasy, with one hand clutching her breast while experiencing what she called the “sweet pain” of penetration by an angel’s fiery spear. The scale of the engraving is enormous, drawing the...
Source: folio
4to. ff. (26). Bound in modern half calf. With two Florentine woodcuts. The one on the first page pictures a monk followed by another, speaking to some nuns who are standing before him on the right, while the one at the end shows the Crucifixion with Mary, St. John, and Magdalena. Third edition of this chronicle of the Santissima Annunziata delle Murate convent, commonly referred to as Le Murate, by a former critic. The first edition was issued by Morgiani in 1495-1496. Le Murate (“the...
8vo. pp. (10), 200, (2). Bound in contemporary vellum, title inked to spine; small fault in vellum at head of lower cover. Woodcut vignette to title, initials and head-pieces; small loss to blank corner of L3, marginal marks to M3. Contemporary ink note to title, armorial bookplate of ‘A. le mareschal Beauvais’ to front pastedown. Rare first edition of this biography of the Visitandine nun Françoise Marguerite Patin, written by a sister of the convent of Notre-Dame de Charité at Caen, in...
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Oct 29, 2021 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...
4to. ff. (14), 62. Bound in contemporary limp parchment, silk loop closures braided in colored thread and red glass bead catches (one loop broken, both beads present), remnants of a Dutch gilt embossed paper cover pasted under a later plain endleaf inside both boards, pattern No. 61 by Munck. Title page printed within a border of typographical ornaments. Engraved arms of dedicatee, Juan Cavallero y Ocio, printed on the second leaf. First edition of the life of Antonia de San Jacinto (d....
Topics: Antonia de San Jacinto, madre, 1641-1683, Antonia de San Jacinto, madre, 1641-1683
Folio, pp. (36), 440, (12). Bound in contemporary vellum with three of four original ties remaining. Rare sole edition of the first biography of Sor Gerónima de Jesús y Carrillo (1653-1711), a Conceptionist nun of the generation immediately following Sor Maria de Ágreda (d. 1665). Like Sor Maria, Sor Gerónima experienced numerous raptures, visions “subidas al cielo y bajadas al Purgatorio, que ocupan muchisimas hojas en la obra” (Serrano y Sanz, Apuntes para una Biblioteca de Escritoras...
Topic: Carrillo, Jerónima de Jesus Sor-Biografías
4to. pp. (44), 232. Bound in early 20th century quarter calf over blue boards. Bookplate of Rosa Maria Guardiola Tortras. Third recorded copy of the sole edition of this biography and probably the only printed source on the life of Sor Ana Maria Teresa de Jesús y Langa (1649-1733), a Discalced Carmelite nun at the Convent of the Immaculate Conception in Miedes (Aragón). Like other such hagiographies, the present work was presumably written shortly after her death with Ana Maria’s...
4to. pp. (48), 560, plus engraved portrait signed by the Antwerp engraver Martin Bouché after a drawing by Cornelius Schut. With full-page woodcut ‘HIS’ emblem on E4r and full-page typographical motto on E4v. Bound in contemporary velum with remains of ties and manuscript title on spine. One of five recorded works worldwide of this sole edition of the first biography of the Spanish Baroque nun Francisca Dorothea (1558-1623), whose beatification process had begun in 1630 and put on...
Topics: Francisca Dorotea, 1558-1623-17º século-Biografías, Francisca Dorotea O.P-17º...
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Oct 29, 2021 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...
4to. (189 x 140 mm) manuscript on paper in two parts, with drop-titles. Ff. 49 with later pencil foliation 1-48, extra leaf adhered to verso of f. 43, containing first page of final section. Ff. 1-43 written on rectos and versos (1 blank page) in dark brown ink in a very neat regular cursive, occasional deletions, corrections and insertions, including 53 lines of music for Gregorian chant in square notes on four-line staves, ff. 43v-48r with later additions in two hands, including two full...
2 parts in one 8vo. volume. pp. (4), 51; pp. 14-65. Bound in contemporary red morocco with central golden plaque depicting the Crucifixion, within an oval border, the boards gilt with a foliate roll-border within a double order of thin gold fillets, with fleur-de-lys golden tools at corners, the same pattern repeated on rear cover, but with a plaque depicting Our Lady and the Child at center. Spine tooled in blind and gold, golden edges. With original flyleaves and pastedowns. Title page within...
Topics: Ordine della Santissima Annunziata -- Liturgy -- Texts -- Early works to 1800, Liturgics
4to. pp. X, [2 blanks]. Contemporary turquoise luxurious silk binding with an embroidered border on each cover, original floral golden/red paper on pastedowns (light repairs at gutter), the lower board retaining one of the original silk ties. Large woodcut tailpiece at the end. Unrecorded work published at the occasion of Countess Anna Periberti, the aunt of the future Pope Leo XII, entering a female lay community devoted to the Christ Child and the Blessed Sacrament in San Severino. The music...
2 parts in one 4to. volume. pp. 32, (4); pp. 18 [2 blanks]. Bound with " Devotissima Forma vestiendi, et profitendi Tam Monachorum, quam Monialium, Sub Regula Sanctissimi Patris. Benedicti in Congregatione Casinensi, Ex Antiquissimis ceremoniarum libris Deprompta"  in an early remboitage with a contemporary brown calf binding, fully gilt “à la fanfare” on both boards, with a central tool in an oval on upper cover, perhaps depicting S. Benedict, and Our Lady on rear cover. Both...
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Folio broadsheet (39.8 x 50.8 cm) centering on the legend of Our Lady of Loreto. Trimmed to neatline. Title along top margin slightly cropped. A rich and dark impression. Very rare engraved map depicting the area between Ancona, Recanati, and Loreto and its Basilica of the Holy House, including pilgrimage routes to Loreto. The title of this engraving by Giacomo Lauro (1561-ca. 1635) translates as “Benevolent House, City, and Territory of Loreto, the Miracles upon the Journey from Nazareth to...
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4to. pp. 140. Contemporary limp vellum, ties present. First – and apparently only – edition, a rare work on the miracles worked through ‘panecitos.’ These small pieces of holy bread reflect a devotion for the Spanish nun Santa Teresa de Jesus begun by the Carmelite nuns of Puebla around 1640. The costume became a tradition and other Orders started imitating the nuns. The sisters would make small pieces of bread imprinted with the traditional arms of the Jesuits (the Holy Name of Jesus,...
3 volumes bound in 2. pp. (64), 670, (12) [1 blank leaf]; pp. 506, (18); (16), 1150, (20) [last page blank]. With added detailed engraved title pages to each volume, composed of numerous panels depicting Franciscan saints and symbols of the order. Anna Berg's woodcut printer's device at end of first volume. Small 19th-century convent library collection stamp on title page. Contemporary calf for first 2 parts and contemporary green vellum for third part. Second German edition (first: 1604)...
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
Folio. pp. (24) including full-page engraved portrait of Sor Beatriz Maria, 528. Bound in contemporary limp vellum with richly calligraphed title on spine. Rare sole edition of this life of the Discalced Franciscan nun Beatriz Maria de Jesus (1632-1702) of Granada, printed in a lavish folio format and adorned with a striking portrait of the Abbess at her writing desk. Recalling the manner of St. Teresa of Avila, we see her with pen poised above her journal but without the Holy Spirit providing...
Topics: Beatriz María de Jesús, Sor, O.S.F., 1632-1702, Convento del Ángel Custodio (Granada, Spain)...
4to. pp. 26, plus terminal blank. Bound in modern marbled wrappers. Manual outlining the functions of the little-known Hospital de Notre Dame de la Miséricorde, an orphanage for young girls founded in 1623 under charter of Louis XIII to address the growing number of “pauvres filles orphelines” on the streets of central Paris. It was disbanded during the Revolution. The institution had been popularly known as the ‘Cent-Filles’ due to the strict cap on the number of orphans it could...
4to. pp. (32), 386 [i.e. 390], plus 2 engraved plates (Madre Delfina with her council of nuns and portrait of Sor Maria Francisca). Pp. 269-272 repeated in pagination as issued. Bound in contemporary yapp-edged vellum with remains of ties. Rare sole edition of this biography of a Conceptionist nun, Francisca Eugenia de Pedro y Cascaxares (1714-1734) who died at the tender age of 20 from typhus. The work also includes a briefer ‘memoria’ of the founder of the convent of Cuevas de Cañarte,...
Topics: S. Antonio, María Francisca de (San Antonio), sor, 1714-1734, S. Antonio, María Francisca de...
Folio, pp. (4). Crudely sewn in contemporary blue wrappers with manuscript title on front cover. Docketed with two contemporary woodcut notarial stamps, the first on p. 1 of a certain Giuseppe [??] and the second on p. 4 of Giovanni Andrea Francesco de Bosio [?], with the initials I. A. B. N. Example of a contractual ‘dowry’ drawn up for a wealthy nun upon her admission to a convent in Modena in 1727. The present document was prepared at the behest of the nun’s father, Domenico...
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8vos, ten works in one volume. Bound in contemporary sheep with red-and-gilt title label on spine. Early paper shelf label at foot of spine. Sammelband of pamphlets (some extremely rare, all printed anonymously) defending the orthodoxy of the nuns of Port-Royal and painting them as victims of unjust suppression. From the 1640s onward, the convent and its associated house in the Faubourg St-Jacques in Paris were a hotbed of Jansenist thought. In 1669, after decades of religious controversy,...
4to. pp. (28), 254, (18), 79, (1), including engraved title page and engraved portrait signed ‘Villafranco’ as well as divisional letterpress title page for Madre Feliciana’s own Instruccion de Religiosas con titulo de Recreacion Espiritual Compuesta en dos Dialogos. Por la V.M. Feliciana de S. Joseph, Carmelita Descalza, Priora del Monasterio de S. Josef de Zaragoça. A nombre De la Hermana Esmeralda de la Soledad. Publicala Don Miguel Batista de Lanuza, Cavallero de la Orden de...
Topics: Feliciana, de San Iosef, 1564-1652, Feliciana, de San Iosef, 1564-1652, Carmelite Nuns -- Spain --...
8vo. ff. (4), 187, (1, blank); ff. a2-3 (introductory letter to the readers ‘Epistola alli devoti lettori’ and index) erroneously bound at the end. Bound in contemporary carta rustica laced case. Woodcut frontispiece depicting the resurrection, title within decorated woodcut frame and with small vignette of the crucifixion, woodcut illustrations of the ascension to f. 57v, and of the Pentecost to f. 71r, woodcut historiated initials throughout. Worm track in the inner gutter of last 35...