Uncut and Bound in Red Morocco

Liber Conformitatum (vitae beati Francisci ad vitam Domini Iesu).

Milan: Gotardo da Ponte, 1510.

Price: $7,500.00

About the item

First Edition. Text in two columns. Title with woodcut border and vignette of St. Francis receiving the stigmata, full-page woodcut illustration on verso of the title of St. Francis adoring Christ at the foot of a tree, woodcut headpieces on fol. I, CXXXXV and CCXIX of St. Francis receiving the stigmata (repeated from the title), woodcut initials throughout, printer's device on title and final leaf. [4], CCLVI ff. Scattered early marginalia. Uncut. Folio (12-1/8 x 8-1/4 inches). Uncut and Bound in Red Morocco. Full eighteenth century French red morocco, covers with a wide gilt border, spine gilt with raised bands and brown morocco lettering pieces, marbled endpapers. Bookplate of Count Dimitry Petrovich Boutourlin (1763-1829), 19th century book collector, soldier, military historian, and librarian in the Imperial Russian Library (see Catalogue de la bibliothèque de son exc. M. le Comte D. Boutourlin. Florence: privately printed, 1831.). Olschki, Choix 4567; cf. Mortimer/Harvard (Italian), 44. Santoro, Illustrati milanesi 117. Sander Vol. I, 204.

Item #321106

The first edition of the chronicler's biography of St Francis, written in 1399 by the Italian Franciscan Bartolomeo da Rinonico (Pisa, d. 1401), and presenting an extended comparison of each aspect of his life with that of Jesus Christ. Ruth Mortimer says that ''this representation of the material of the text in the form of a tree [on verso of the title] was part of the original manuscript submitted by Bartholomaeus for approbation in 1399'' (Harvard, It. n.44). An important work of Franciscan historiography, here in superb condition bound in 18th century red morocco and with provenance to an important Russian collector.