BARTHOLOMAEUS DE PISA (fl. 2nd half 14th century). [Liber conformitatum:] Opus auree & inexplicabilis bonitatis & continentie Conformitatum ... vite Beati Francisci ad vitam Jesu Christi. Milan: Zanotus Castilioneus, 18 August 1513. 2° (311 x 218mm). Title printed in red and black with large woodcut of St. Francis and Christ each carrying a cross, a border of small blocks and saints' portraits, full-page woodcut Arbor Conformitum with text printed in red, woocut border opening text and woodcut of crossed arms of Christ and St. Francis on the cross, fine woodcut initials from several sets, printer's device at end. With final blank leaf. (Occasional light stain, minor marginal repair in last leaf.) Contemporary Italian ledger-style binding of vellum wrapper, 4 leather thongs across spine, yapp edges, title lettered along spine and on front cover, evidence of two fore-edge ties. Provenance: one or two contemporary annotations -- Irving Davis (1889-1967; sale Sotheby's, 2 April 1985, lot 12).
AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE COPY of a Milanese woodcut book. It is a work extensively outlining the conformity of the life of St. Francis to that of Christ. Some of the comparisons were ridiculed by Erasmus Alberus in his anti-Franciscan work, L'Alcoran des Cordeliers. Adams F-906; Kristeller Lombard. Graphik 10b; Sander 205.