CACCIAGUERRA, Buonsignore (fl. 2nd half of the 16th c.). Traicte de la tres saincte communion. Translated by François de Belleforest. Paris: Thomas Brumen, 1583.
16° (120 x 76mm). Woodcut ornament on title. Woodcut illustrations, head- and tailpieces, and initials. Ruled throughout in ink. (Occasional inkmarking, some leaves with fine marginal worming, some light dampstaining, a few leaves with marginal tears affecting side notes, clean tear on I4, paper flaw on L1.)
BINDING: Parisian contemporary tan morocco gilt, the boards gilt à la fanfare with central oval cartouches depicting the crucifixion enclosed by compartments, 6 of the compartments filled with quadrilobed rings, the remainder empty, triple fillet borders, gilt board edges, the spine titled at the head and lettered with Henri III's motto 'SPES , MEA , DEUS' at the foot, the three compartments between tooled with a skull, Henri III's arms, and a fleur de lis, gilt edges (a few minor scuffs, superficial cracking on spine and joints); modern green cloth solander box. Cinq siècles d'ornements no. 44; G.D. Hobson, Fanfare, 222; Devaux, Dix siècles de reliure, p. 96, ill.; Hobson/Culot2 64A.
PROVENANCE: a member of one of the confraternités des pénitents (binding) -- Hyacinthe Henry (early inscription on verso of title) -- Raoul Léonor l'Homme Dieu Tranchent, comte de Lignerolles (sale, Paris, 29 January-3 February 1894, part I, lot 183, ill.) -- armorial blindstamp on front free endpaper 'Lo Visconte e l'Enor' -- sale, Paris, 17 March 1975, lot 65, ill. -- Landarchet, Paris (catalogue 69, 1976, no. 90, ill.).
A FANFARE BINDING FOR ONE OF HENRI III'S CONFRATERNITéS DE PéNITENTS (for which see lot 18). This volume was bound for one of the penitentiary confraternities founded by Henri III and, typically, bears crucifixion scenes on the boards, and a skull, Henri III's arms, and Henri III's motto on the spine, as does lot 19 (Le pseaultier de David (Paris: 1586)), which was also bound for a member of one of the penitentiary confraternities. However, on this volume the emblems have been incorporated into a fanfare design and the volume is more decoratively tooled than the very simple binding on Le pseaultier de David, which is unadorned but for the emblems of the confraternities.