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La vida de sancta Catherina de Sena. Cobles en lahor dela gloriosa sancta Catherina de Sena.

San Antonio de FLORENCIA (Author)

Narcis VINYOLES (Author)

Miquel PEREÇ (Translator)

Cristóbal Cofman (Printer)

Origin: Valencia, XV c.
Biblioteca Histórica de la Universitat de València. Coedition with Universitat de València.

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Facsimile. Incunabula. Collection of Incunabula and Old Books.

14 x 20,7 cm.
44+4 crd.
88+8 crd.
11th May 1499.
15th December 1998.
Parchment on wooden board.
Presentation dust jacket cloth lined with gold engraved leather spine containing facsimile.
Numbered by notary and signed by the printer-publisher.
Specially made laid paper.
Optional: Study in Spanish written by Antoni Ferrando Francés (Professor of the Philology Faculty at the Universitat de València). Included in
Bibliofilia Antigua VI.
Extremely rare copy. Only two copies are known to exist. Two works in a single volume (edition). Prints.

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Only two copies are known to exist of this incunabula, both in Spain. In the words of Konrad Haebler in 1903, "This book is the source of so many bibliographic errors that it is difficult to believe. It is said to have been printed in 1498, in 1494 and in 1489 but a meticulous study of the existing copies together with the different descriptions published about them by scholars and book-lovers, have shown that there was no more than a single edition of this book, published in 1499", (Bibliografía Ibérica del siglo XV, n. 569).

Saint Catherine devoted herself to the Reformation and it was her confessor, Raimundo de Capua, who initiated the reformation of the Preachers' Order. Saint Catherine of Sienna obviously played an important part in the history of Spanish spirituality, as the history of the editions of her works and her biography so magnificently show with marvellous examples from the printing works of Arnao Guillen de Brocar in Alcalá de Henares and thanks to the patronage of Cardinal Cisneros who was particularly fond of this eminent figure of female religious spirituality, who has also been studied in relation with Savonarola.

Vita D. Catherinae de Senis by Saint Anthony of Florence was translated by Miquel Pereç and appears together with Cobles by Narcis Vinyoles. A typically Valencian item.


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ACN History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600
ACND Renaissance art
AFF Drawing & drawings
AFH Prints & printmaking
AFJ Other graphic art forms
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AGH Human figures depicted in art
AGR Religious subjects depicted in art
BGX Biography: religious & spiritual
DCF Poetry by individual poets
DNF Literary essays
DSBB Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
HBJD European history
HBLC Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500
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HRA Religion: general
HRAX History of religion
HRC Christianity
HRCC2 Church history
HRCC7 Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church
HRCS Christian spirituality & religious experience
WCS Antiques & collectables: books, manuscripts, ephemera & printed matter

1D Europe
1DSE Spain
1DSET Valenciana, Autonomous Community
1DST Italy
2ADD Valencian
3H c 1000 CE to c 1500