London, South Kensington
22 September 2000
NATALIBUS, Petrus de. Catalogus sanctorum et gestorum eorum ex diuersis voluminibus collectus, edited by A. Verlo, Lyons: Jacob Saccon, 31 January 1519. 2°, title lettering and device of the Florentine lily in red surrounded by four-part architectural border in black, Gothic type in two columns, full-page block of the Adoration of th Shepherds on aa4v, facing the opening leaf of text, woodcut illustrations throughout, including 228 cuts (53 x 78mm.) from 110 blocks, and 24 smaller cuts (light scattered worming throughout, title with repair at outer margin, b7v and b8r heavily browned, d1 with long tear at lower margin, cut on B7r slightly affected by paper fault, lacking the final blank), late 19th-century half calf; F.F. Alderspacensium (inscription at head of title); occasional marginalia. Adams A48; Mortimer/Harvard French Books 384.
Second Sacon edition. Natali's hagiography was composed between 1369 and 1372. The first edition, unillustrated, was printed at Vicenza by Enrico Sant'Orso in 1493, and a number of editions were issued at Venice, Lyons and Strasbourg early in the 16th century. Mortimer notes that some of the blocks in Sacon's two editions of 1514 and 1519 were copied from the Zanni-Giunta edition of 1506, and the blocks were still in use in 1542 in an edition published by Gilles and Jacques Huguetan. In this copy, two blocks on h4r and i1v have been coloured in grey wash.
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