[CATECHISM -- Council of Trent] Catechismus, ex decreto Concilii Tridentini, ad parochos, Pii Quintii pont. max. iussu editus. Rome: Paulus Manutius, 1566.
Super-chancery 2o (324 x 215 mm). Collation: A2; B-Z6 AA-HH6; II6 (A1r title, large architectural, armorial and allegorical woodcut of Manuzio's Roman device incorporating a small dolphin-and-anchor, A2r-v papal privilege, B1r text, II1r index). 188 leaves. Roman type 118 mm (text), 67 mm (index), italic 79 mm (side-notes). 39 lines and headline. Woodcut floral initials. (Several sheets browned.)
Binding: contemporary North-Italian olive goatskin gilt, various fleuron tools in center and at corners, spine tooled in blind, edges gilt and gauffered, original endpapers (some repair at extremities, color faded in places).
Provenance: Count Angelo D'Elci, book collector (his matchless collection of Aldines and editiones principes given in 1841 to the Bibl. Med.-Laurenziana, Florence), bought the book from a Viennese bookseller for six gold shillings and a small gift, exchanged for a larger copy with -- Gaetano Betoldi, priest at Como, who gave it to -- Giambattista Baserga, Barnabite friar and vicar of St. Ursula, who gave it to -- Count Giambattista Giovio, 1800, whose son Benedetto Francesco Flaminio Giovio received his first Latin lessons from Baserga: two Latin inscriptions, the first Baserga's, the second Giovio's; more than two pages of notes by Baserga on the authors of this Roman catechism, loosely inserted notes in a different hand on 18th-century paper -- [Christie's London, 3 May 1995, lot 85, to Quaritch]
FIRST EDITION of the Roman Catholic Catechism as authorized by the Council of Trent. Paulo Manuzio's press was brought to Rome under papal auspices in 1561, where it did some of its finest typographical work, leaving his son, Aldo the younger (b. 1547), involved with the Venetian operations. FINE COPY, with a distinguished provenance. Adams C-1056; Ahmanson/Murphy 552; Renouard Alde 200:5.