17 April 2000
SAVONAROLA, Girolamo (1452-1498). Epistole a diversi. [Florence: Bartolommeo di Libri, after 14 August 1497].
Chancery 4o (195 x 135 mm). Collation: a8 b6 c-d8 e6 f4 (a1r woodcut, text, f4v full page woodcut). 39 leaves (of 40, lacking last leaf). 27 lines. Type 2:114R2. 3 woodcuts: a friar praying, the crucifixion, and a ladder of devotion. 3-line white-on-black woodcut initials. (Lacking final leaf, supplied in facsimile.) Modern library leatherette.
FIRST AND ONLY EDITION of this collection of devotional tracts, letters and prayers. Three of the letters and the Regola utile a tutti religiosi were previously printed separately by di Libri and others; others were only recently written, the latest date given being the eve of Assumption, 1497. The first two woodcuts were part of di Libri's general stock; the ladder cut appeared only here. More than any other printer di Libri helped diffuse Savonarola's writings and sermons.
HCR 14451; BMC VI, 651 (IA. 27345); IGI 8708; Goff S-196.
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