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The Women of the Book collection is the world's most extensive gathering of primary research items dedicated to the spiritual lives of European and South American women: nuns, beatae, and female mystics and saints, produced between ca. 1450-1800. The materials are physically held at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University and many of them have been made available here with the support of the Arcadia Fund. 
See the illustrated portfolio document, this article in Johns Hopkins Magazine, and this short documentary video for more information on the collection, on which the Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance is currently offering a visiting research fellowship.


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by [Dauxon, Claire A. (Claire Angelique)]
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Manuscript, one volume (21.5 cms. x 16 cms.), 279 pages of writing (pp. 1-2 (4) 3-70, 72-94, (1 blank), 95-277) + a 13-line note tipped onto front pastedown in a different hand. With a four-page addition in another (third) hand. One short note slipped in at p. 240, in this hand as well. Bound in contemporary dark brown calf, spine gilt. The text and addition are written in fair hands, without significant crossings out. The paper for the tipped-in note had a strip torn away, removing text from...
4to. pp. (8), 334, (2), plus engraved frontispiece. Contemporary gilt-stamped calf. Sole edition of this early Swiss-German biography, never translated into French. Anne de Xainctonge founded the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin, the first non-cloistered women's religious community. “The company was founded with "our Lady as general, St. Ursula as lieutenant", and the Rule of St. Ignatius as the basis of perfection. For fifteen years Anne was a living...
Topics: Xainctonge, Anne de, 1567-1621 -- Biography -- Early works to 1800, Ursulines -- Early works to 1800
4to. 3 vols. in pp. (28), clxxviii, 236, (1), 104; pp. (8), 552, 40; pp. (6), 287, 24, (83). Unique volume of 17th-century spiritual exercises by a cloistered nun and mystical author who advised King Philip IV of Spain. Includes 75 plates hand-colored engraved plates by a contemporary hand, and highlighted throughout in gold, also bound in sumptuous contemporary gold-brocaded endpapers (vine and flower pattern with birds, by Christoph Ledergerber in Augsburg, printed in gold on a red ground)....
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Meditations -- Early works to 1800, María de Jesús, de Agreda,...
4to. pp. (20), 480. Contemporary calf. “Au Recollectinnes de Herve(?)”; later stamps of Franciscan convent in Brussels. First edition of this new translation of Gertrude’s Suggestions of Divine Piety, to which the Maurist Benedictine translator, Mège, has added his own digest of Gertrude’s life. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Gertrude, the Great, Saint, 1256-1302, Benedictine nuns -- Germany -- Biography -- Early works to...
12mo. pp. (24) including added engraved title page, 534, (18). Contains faded and canceled ownership inscription (Maria ...). Contemporary sheep with 2 clasps. Sole edition of this German translation, following the French original of 1634. The work features two separate dedications to both St Bridget herself and the nuns of her order. With a fine engraved title-page of Bridget shaking hands with Christ Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Bridget, of Sweden, Saint, approximately 1303-1373 -- Early works to 1800, Bridgettines -- Early...
One leaf on parchment, c. 215 x 305 mm, ruled in hardpoint (justification c. 220 x 114 mm). Written in dark gray ink in Roman script in single column on 13 lines, all letters slightly touched in gold, capitals throughout in gold, two 2-line initials in gold, full illuminated border. Bookseller’s or owner’s marks on the verso in pencil (“LIX/24/125,” “Maria Scolastica Caselatto,” “420”). The present document was made at the Benedictine Monastero di San Teonisto in Casier, the...
Source: folio
Large 8vo. pp. (285), with a further (24) pages of accounts appended, and with a few additional blanks. Bound in contemporary marbled paper wrapper. Ink on paper. This substantial autograph manuscript records a pilgrimage made from Rome in April and May 1771 to visit the shrine of the Holy House of Loreto by a group of 26 Roman Catholic lay brothers, members of the Archconfraternity of St. Mary of the Oration and Death. These brothers were mainly occupied with charitable work through the...
4to. pp. (32), (415), (1), plus engraved portrait signed “P. V. F.”. With large woodcut arms. Bound in contemporary limp vellum with ties preserved; recased with original endpapers (early 16th C illustrated wastepaper) laid down or backed with tissue. Extremely rare first edition of the first life of Mariana de Jesus (1565-1624), whose cultus adopted her as a ‘patron saint’ of Madrid long before her beatification in 1738 (she remains uncanonized). She lived a religious secular life,...
4to. pp. (8), ff. 16, pp. 17-24, ff. 25-32, pp. (8), ff. 105, pp. (2). Including woodcut vignette on title-page, full-page woodcut of Blessed Joana de la Cruz on verso of e4, and numerous large woodcut initials in text. Bound in contemporary vellum with hinges repaired. Early ownership inscriptions of the ‘Hospicio de Tierra Santa del Convento de N. P. S. Francisco de la Ciudad de Valencia de la Virgen de Jesus’ on flyleaf, with the intriguing comment “Para dar Luz immortal” on verso....
8vo. pp. 264 including engraved frontispiece; pp. 328. Contemporary vellum. Third edition (first, 1760-61). St Alfonso Liguori’s important text codified the anti-Enlightenment ideal of the Christian woman, both cloistered and secular Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Catholic women -- Religious life -- Italy -- Early works to 1800, Catholic women -- Conduct of life...
4to. pp. xlviii, 716. Woodcut ornaments, head- and tailpieces throughout. Near-contemporary (1788) ownership inscription of Carlo Guzzardi to title; rebound in modern vellum, with silver-lettered black morocco labels on spine. Only edition, very rare, of this guide to the duties and life of the cloistered nun, by the Sicilian priest Arcangiolo (or Arcangelo) Tommaso Blandini (d. 1788). Divided into 29 istruzioni, the work explains the importance of spiritual reading, the necessity of prayer,...
4to. pp. (20), 658, (12) but (12) pp. of index bound in between 656-657. Contemporary vellum, rebacked. “Sor Isabel Cortes y Clava...”. First edition of this provincial Spanish conduct-book. Intended as a complete manual “from when she receives the sacred habit to the hour of her death”. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Monastic and religious life of women, Nuns -- Early works to 1800
4to. ff. (14), 62. Bound in contemporary limp parchment, silk loop closures braided in colored thread and red glass bead catches (one loop broken, both beads present), remnants of a Dutch gilt embossed paper cover pasted under a later plain endleaf inside both boards, pattern No. 61 by Munck. Title page printed within a border of typographical ornaments. Engraved arms of dedicatee, Juan Cavallero y Ocio, printed on the second leaf. First edition of the life of Antonia de San Jacinto (d....
Topics: Antonia de San Jacinto, madre, 1641-1683, Antonia de San Jacinto, madre, 1641-1683
8vo. pp. (13), 194. Large printer’s emblem of a Sacred Heart on title-page, with a full-page woodcut of Teresa of Avila presenting her book to Christ on verso of title-page (captioned in Dutch). [Bound with Jerónimo Gracian’s Conceptos del Divino Amor […], published in the same year by the same printer. 8vo. pp. (16), 248, with large printer’s emblem of a Sacred Heart on title-page, and a full-page woodcut of Teresa of Avila presenting her book to Christ on verso of a8 (as above).]...
Topic: Bible. Song of Solomon -- Commentaries -- Early works to 1800
Johns Hopkins University Library - Women of the Book
by [Panel, Alexandre X. (Alexandre Xavier)]
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4to. pp. (4), xix, 1-2, 2-80. Bound in contemporary or early marbled calf with labels of red morocco gilt to spine (one label with title, the other, possibly with ownership-identifier (monogram or heraldic device) defaced). Woodcut decoration and initials. A crossed-out signature on title page. Possibly first edition (CCPB uniquely has a record for a 1752 edition (Madrid Real Academia de Historia) which may be the result of a cataloguer misreading MDCCLVII for MDCCLII). The book is a...
Topics: Monasticism and religious orders -- Sermons -- Early works to 1800, Monasticism and religious...
8vo. pp. (24), 670 (recto 680), (24). Bound in contemporary calf, spine gold-tooled and -lettered in compartments. Small woodcut on p. 177, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials. Early MS interlinear correction on p. 243. Contemporary inscription on front free endpaper: “ce livre apartien aux carmelites de montauban.” First edition in French of the mystical visions of a Castilian Carmelite, with the commentary of Juan de Palafox y Mendoza (1600-1659), Bishop of Osma (previously...
Large folio [55 x 41.5 cm] plate, printed on thick paper. Engraved in the ‘crayon manner’ in two colors (black and red) with engraved caption; “No. 645” at lower right. Striking, large-format stipple engraving printed in two colors depicting the head of St. Teresa of Avila in a state of ecstasy, with one hand clutching her breast while experiencing what she called the “sweet pain” of penetration by an angel’s fiery spear. The scale of the engraving is enormous, drawing the...
Source: folio
Illustrated portfolio of the Women of the Book Collection at Johns Hopkins University.
Topic: women religious
4to. pp. (16) including engraved frontispiece, XLVI, (6), 513, (1), plus engraved portrait. Bound in contemporary vellum. “L. M. de C. D.” on frontispiece. First edition of Pecci's translation. In order to render his translation more valuable, Pecci added several letters (in the preface) of Catherine's early disciples Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topic: Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380
4to. pp. (12) including engraved portrait, 409, (21). Late 19th C quarter calf. Sole edition of this Italian life of Gertrude the Great, by a secular priest. Campacci diligently produced his own ‘Discorso Cronologico’ (pp 154-160) on the saint’s life, fixing the exact dates of her birth and death as well as significant events in her life. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Gertrude, the Great, Saint, 1256-1302 -- Early works to 1800, Gertrude, the Great, Saint,...
12mo. pp. (12), 468, including engraved added title. Old vellum. Sole edition, unrecorded. Of interest to the present collection for the inclusion of just 1 woman among the 16 literary 'portraits' of saints – Rose of Peru. De Matta's choice to include her certainly suggests just how popular she was at the time – she is also the only non-saint (canonized in 1671). The work includes an original Vita as well as a 14-line panegyric to Rose, “In Lima nata impareggiabili Rosa...” etc Click...
Topics: Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1586-1617 -- Early works to 1800, Christian saints -- Biography -- Early...
4 volumes in folio. (10 ll.), 718 pp. [702 wrongly numbered 904]; (19 ll.), 463 pp.; (9 ll.), 447 pp.; (14 ll.), 819 pp. Uniformly bound in contemporary cat’s-paw mottled sheep. Free endleaves removed from volume I. Spines with raised bands in six compartments, crimson morocco lettering pieces, gilt bands and ornaments. Woodcut title pages: architectural frame with 7 figures of São Domingo (or Dominicans?). Woodcut and typographical headpieces. Woodcut factotum initials. Second edition of...
4to. pp. VIII, 155, plus engraved portrait. Contemporary vellum. Sole edition. At the age of 17 Bagnesi was due to be married off by her father, but fell so dramatically ill at the news that she remained bed-ridden for the rest of her life. She was able to take her vows and receive the veil of the Third Order (non-cloistered) Dominicans in her own room, where she also received the Eucharist and heard Mass almost every day. She was said to experience visions and conversations with angels and...
Topics: Bagnesi, Maria, beata, 1514-1577 -- Early works to 1800, Dominicans. Third Order -- Early works to...
2 works in 1 vol., 4to., pp. (20) 264 (8); pp. (16) 267 (1). First flyleaf removed. Bound in contemporary vellum boards. Penciled shelf mark to front pastedown. First editions, two works containing sources of Dutch medieval history, both edited by the important scholar Antonius III Matthaeus (1635-1710). The first work is bound with Johannes a Leydis, Theodoricus a Leydis, Antonius III Matthaeus (ed.). 'Chronicon Egmundanum seu annales regalium abbatum Egmundensium auctore Fr. Johanne de Leydis...
Topics: Rare and special books -- Printing to 1800's, Brabant (Belgium) -- History -- To 1800, Belgium --...
Folio broadsheet (39.8 x 50.8 cm) centering on the legend of Our Lady of Loreto. Trimmed to neatline. Title along top margin slightly cropped. A rich and dark impression. Very rare engraved map depicting the area between Ancona, Recanati, and Loreto and its Basilica of the Holy House, including pilgrimage routes to Loreto. The title of this engraving by Giacomo Lauro (1561-ca. 1635) translates as “Benevolent House, City, and Territory of Loreto, the Miracles upon the Journey from Nazareth to...
Source: folio
8vo. ff. (16) including engraved frontispiece signed by Charles de Mallery, 440, (8) [1 integral blank]. Bound in contemporary limp vellum with remains of ties. Curious paper ex-libris inscribed with the initials D. M. L. and the date 1696, fastened onto a personal wax seal on pastedown. Lower blank margin of title page replaced, probably to excise a former ownership inscription. Contemporary, mostly editorial annotations and readership marks beginning from p. 37 until p. 124, offering a rare...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582,...
ff. (108) [last 45 blank]. Bound in contemporary vellum. Manuscript executed in brown ink, supplemented or continued at various times judging by discontinuous stroke thicknesses etc. On laid paper, watermarked G. N. [?] with two birds in a circle, and with folds to denote margins. Neapolitan bookseller’s ticket (F. Casella) on pastedown, dated 10th May 1926; enclosed postcard of Bolognese bookseller Orfeo Vigarani with reference notes on Suor Giulia (ca. 1980?). Unique (?) witness of this...
Thick 4to. [22.4 x 17.2 cm], 2 parts in 1, with divisional title page, pp. (32), 484; (4), 485-865, [1 integral blank]. Including full-page engraved frontispiece by Suor Isabella Piccini depicting a barefoot Teresa seated with quill in hand, whip and skull on her side table, receiving inspiration from the Holy Spirit. 18th century manuscript inscription of the Discalced Hieronymites of Treviso on title page, alongside a later 18th or 19th century stamp of the ‘Conventus Carmel. Discal....
12mo. pp. 22, [1 integral blank]. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum finished in handcolor, depicting floral arrangements and a Cor Jesu on both covers with the motto ‘Das [H]ertze mein, Soll dir allein, Ergeben Seyn / Sjn Get[reu?] und Spilet, In Euren, Hertzen’ [My heart is given to you alone / Be true and rejoice in your hearts]. Unrecorded printing by a female provincial printer (Widow of Johann Heinrich Stock) in a fine ‘Bauern-Einband’ created for a female reader. Inscription on the...
Topic: Lutheran Church -- Prayers and devotions -- Early works to 1800
8vo. pp. (2), 58, 58 (bis)-247, (8). Bound in contemporary limp vellum, remains of fastenings (binding separating from text block at top joint). Contemporary or early inscriptions to 3rd f.e.p. verso, both in same hand: “De la R.a M.e Sor Juana Teresa de Jesus” and “De la libreria de S.ta Ysabel de los Ang.s.” Later paper place-markers. Manuscript copy of a tract by the important mystic and writer Sor Maria de Jesus, Abbess of Ágreda (1602-1665, born Maria Coronel y Arana), known for...
8vo. pp. (34), 275, (13), with the final blank leaf. Engraved title by Martin Baes depicting a kneeling St. Winifred in the midst of her devotions and a view of St. Winifred’s well. Late 19-century sprinkled calf by F. Bedford, gilt edges. Head- and tailpieces, engraved initials. Saint Winifred was a virgin martyr from Wales who lived in the 7th century and was beheaded by Caradoc, a local prince she had enraged by rejecting his advances. At the place where Winifred's head fell, a healing...
Topics: Winifred, Saint, Winifred, Saint, Christian saints -- Wales -- Biography, Christian saints, Wales
Small 8vo. ff. 197, (7). Contemporary vellum, re-cased with later spine. Slight loss to imprint. “Ad usum P. Franci Mariae ???? O. Praed????”. Early edition (first, 1524?) of this vernacular abridgment of Capua's Vita of Catherine of Siena by a noted Dominican controversialist, Ambrogio Catarino Politi. All early editions are rare, particularly in this pocket format. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380 -- Early works to 1800, Dominicans -- Early works to 1800,...
4to. pp. (8), 138, plus engraved frontispiece. Lacking terminal blank. 19th C quarter calf. Second edition, following the first 130 years earlier (1611). Like the first edition, it was issued “for the devotion, and at the cost of the [nuns of St. Patricia in Naples], with specific details of the notable relics conserved in her church”; the dedication is signed by Maria Giovanna Montoja y Cardona, Abbess of the convent Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Patricia, Saint, -365, Christian women saints -- Early works to 1800, Christian saints -- Early...
Folio. pp. (44); (12), 228; (12), 229-1154, (2), including two engraved title pages (second signed Petrus Rucholle, depicting scenes from Ursula’s life). Bound in 18th century blindstamped German pigskin with remains of clasps. Ex-libris inscriptions of the Jesuit College in Augsburg dated 1669 and stamp of St. Joseph’s Seminary (NY) on title page. Rare sole edition of this imposing monument to the Ursuline order: a more than 1000-page exposition of the Legend of St. Ursula and the 11,000...
Topics: Ursula, Saint -- Early works to 1800, Ursula, Saint
8vo. pp. (16) including engraved title, 175, (3), including 12 engraved plates. 19th C boards. Stamps of a Redemptorist congregation. Sole edition, unrecorded. A charming pocket guide to the ‘science of prayer’, derived from the life and works of Teresa of Avila. Topics covered include correct methods for both spoken and silent prayer; how to deal with ‘distractions’ during prayer; and even a guide to the practice of ‘ejaculatory prayer’ (involving strong yelps). A section at the...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582,...
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by Benvenuti, Metilde
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174 x 125mm. pp. (5), 37, (5). Original vellum, vellum ties (somewhat defective), title in manuscript on upper cover. Early autograph, first-person account on a ritual-material cultural practice in female monastic life, and therefore a unique item. Present manuscript is written by the Augustinian nun, Metilde Benvenuti (d. 1772), over a period of 40 years detailing her personal/devotional/ curatorial odyssey as keeper of the presepio of her convent, Santa Maria Maddalena in San Gimignano. A...
8vo. pp. (16), 414, (6), plus engraved frontispiece and 29 plates signed G[erard] de Groos after [Christian] Dittmann. Bound in contemporary blind-ruled calf. Contains shelf mark, and a contemporary manuscript approbation on a2 (“dies Buch ist erlaubt / Mater Anna Carolina”). Very rare sole edition of this compendium of 42 Ursuline biographies with lively engravings. There was a marked resurgence in Ursuline activities during the seventeenth century, notably in German-speaking lands. As...
Topics: Ursula, Saint, Ursula, Saint, Christian martyrs -- Early works to 1800, Christian martyrs
8vo. pp. 243. 19th century calf. Later edition (first, 1689?). A very popular work which enjoyed numerous editions – all of which are rare in census Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Rosalia, Saint, -1160, Rosalia, Saint, -1160, Christian women saints -- Italy -- Palermo --...
Folio. Title and 24 engraved plates numbered 2-25. 14 plates signed by Collaert, 1 plate by Galle, the remaining are unsigned. Bound in red morocco, boards and spine tooled in gold. Each plate is accompanied by an explanatory text in Latin and a manuscript translation in French in a fine contemporary calligraphic hand. The very rare first edition of this suite of 24 engravings representing the life of Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582), designed by the prominent Antwerp engravers and print publishers...
Topic: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582
Source: folio
Ca. 100 x 75 mm. ff. 78 (penultimate blank leaf canceled, final leaf pasted-down). Bound in contemporary blind-stamped polished brown leather over wooden boards, sewn on two bands. Intact alum tawed medieval bookmark consisting of 4 woven strands sewn together at the top. Vestiges of a strap-and-pin fastening, with the strap missing. Each page has 3 lines of text and music in Hufnagel notation on four-line stave. The colophon reveals that the present pocket processional for major feasts was...
8vo. 3 printed works + 1 MS in 1 vol. pp. 63 (1); pp. 104; 94 (2); pp. 61 (3). Woodcut vignettes to title-pages and woodcut borders to all pages. First work with woodcut portrait to verso of title page of St. Jeanne de Valois and, to last page, of St. Francis receiving the Stigmata. Inscription to title page, in same hand as writer of manuscript at back, “Desen Regel is tot gebruÿck van Suster Marie van Auwermeulen soo lanck alst haer oversten belieft” (“Sister Marie van Auwermeulen can...
4to. pp. XVI, 200, plus engraved portrait after the female painter Violante Beatrice Siries. Contemporary vellum. “Della Congreg. Di S. Francesco di Sales”. Sole edition. With a notable portrait of the nun engraved after a painting by Violante Siries (1709- 1783), perhaps taken from life? Livizzani was the founder of the Visitandine 'Instituto' [a convent dedicated to teaching] of St Francis de Sales in Pistoia in 1737. The convent was suppressed under Napoleon, revived in 1866, and closed...
Topics: Livizzani, Maria Margherita, 1679-1737, Nuns -- Italy -- Biography -- Early works to 1800, Nuns,...
Large 4to. pp. (6), 198, (1) including full page engraved of the sepulchre of Beatrice d'Este I (c. 1192-1226). Contemporary cartonnato. First edition. Brunacci claims to be the first publishing medieval Latin and vernacular lives of the saint discovered in an “old Ferrarese codex”, which he reproduces on pp. 181-198; the rest of the work is taken up by discussion and commentary on Beatrice's life. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Beatrice I, d'Este, 1206-1226 -- Early works to 1800, Beatrice I, d'Este, 1206-1226, Benedictine...
4to. pp. (24), 320, (2). Contemporary vellum, gilt-stamped with a female saint holding a lily (Catherine of Siena?). First edition. A remarkable work by this early modern champion of the female sex. Marinelli’s Life of Catherine of Siena betrays its author’s agenda on the title page, by comparing Catherine’s ‘heroic feats’ to male heroes of medieval lore. “Marinella demonstrated extraordinary scholarship by the standards of her day, particularly with respect to the variety of...
Topics: Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380 -- Early works to 1800, Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380
8vo. pp. xii, 576, (6), plus engraved frontispiece. Contemporary calf. “Amelberga Broeckaert... Mechelen”. First edition as such, although there are editions from 1661 and 1707, published by Pierre Jean Parys, Antwerp. This biography is typically attributed to Anne de Barthelemy’s fellow nun Eleonore de St. Bernard. Anne’s beatification, however, did not proceed until 1917. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Anne of St. Bartholomew, Mother, 1550-1626 -- Early works to 1800, Teresa, of Avila, Saint,...
4to. pp. (12), 412, (10). Modern half vellum. Fifth edition (first, 1609). This edition has been augmented with material relating to Pazzi's canonization (which would not take place for another 30 years), and was dedicated to Innocenzia and Mariagrazia Barberini, nieces of Pope Urban VIII. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: De' Pazzi, Maria Maddalena, Saint, 1566-1607 -- Early works to 1800, De' Pazzi, Maria Maddalena,...
Large 4to. pp. (10), 615, (1), plus engraved portrait. Contemporary vellum. “Di frat. Giuseppe Maria ?????”. First edition of the first Italian biography of Rose of Lima. The engraved portrait frontispiece (sometimes lacking) depicts her holding a Christ child, symbolizing her spiritual marriage Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1586-1617 -- Early works to 1800, Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1586-1617, Dominicans...
Folio. pp. (2), 28; pp. 216; pp. 6, (1 terminal blank). With pasted correction slip on title page and seal and manuscript signatures of the 'Sub-Promoters' on final page. Untraced, and a fascinating copy for official internal use, personally signed by the 'Sub-Promoters' of Marianna's beatification. A nun of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy and the Redemption of Captives, the process for Marianna's beatification began in the year of her death. These processes sometimes took centuries; as the...
Third of 5 vols, in 8vo. pp. (10), 592, (30), including 10 full-page engraved plates. Bound in contemporary gilt-stamped vellum, all edges gilt. Early inscription of the Discalced Augustinian Convento of San Nicola Tolentino in Rome on title page; small red stamps on rear endpaper of St. Hyacinth Seminary, Granby, Massachusetts. Cruz’s work adapts the teachings of St Paul the Apostle and Thomas Aquinas’ accompanying commentary to the tenets of Teresa of Avila’s famously personal religion,...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274 --...
4to. ff. 19, (1). Title page and text within decorative woodcut borders throughout. Bound in old (but much later) wrappers. Second recorded copy of this Spanish translation of the best-known sermon in honor of Rose of Lima’s beatification in 1668, delivered (and first printed) on that occasion in Rome by the Superior General of the Jesuits, Giovanni Paolo Oliva (1600-1681). Such sermons typically focused heavily on Biblical exegesis at the expense of the true subject; but Oliva’s in fact is...
Topics: Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1586-1617 -- Early works to 1800, Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1586-1617,...
Small 8vo. with engraved frontispiece, finely executed ink drawing by Ignatius Streicher on the verso of the title-page and (ii) 224 pp. with twenty further engraved plates by G. B. Göz throughout the text and with six detailed part page pen and ink drawings, the manuscript finely executed within engraved foliate borders throughout, calligraphic titles in red and occasional yellow ink, with half a dozen calligraphic designs at the end of sections, including a final bird with red foliation....
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by Klauber, Johann S. (Johann Sebastian) (engr.); Klauber, Johann B. (Baptist) (engr.)
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8vo. 71 engraved plates by the Klauber brothers, with ff. (68) of manuscript text, as follows: 56 numbered plates from the Lauretanische Litaney (see below), with (57) text leaves, written on rectos and versos in brown ink in a clear 18th-century hand; 4 mounted engravings of emblematic Marian engravings; 11 engraved plates on the Life of St. Teresa, interleaved with French translations of the Latin captions on the versos; (6) blanks. Bound in contemporary French mottled sheep, flat spine...
4to. pp. (12) including woodcut plate, 60, 119. Contemporary vellum. First edition as such, with a preface by Doña Angela Apontes, the royal printer responsible for bringing it to the press. This version of Saavedra's text was first printed in 1670; but in the 18th century Saavedra was rediscovered as a proto-Enlightenment figure and texts such as the present one were held up as fine examples of healthy skepticism. The work is a Lucianesque satire based on the premise of an imaginary world...
Topics: Literature -- History and criticism -- Early works to 1800, Authors -- Early works to 1800,...
4to. pp. XVI including engraved portrait, 288. Contemporary vellum. Early edition (first, 1738). Serio entered the convent of Fasano at the age of 16, and during her noviceship was unjustly imprisoned by superiors suspicious of her remarkable spiritual abilities (preserving the congregation from a pestilence, etc.). While serving as the Abbess of the convent, she was consumed by a ball of fire in full view of her sisters, but remained unscathed save for a burn in the shape of a heart above her...
Topics: Serio, Rosa Maria, 1674-1726 -- Early works to 1800, Serio, Rosa Maria, 1674-1726, Carmelites --...
4to. pp. 28. Kept in later marbled wrappers. Woodcut vignette on title and woodcut initials throughout. A few manuscript corrections and marginal markings (on pp. 4, 9, 16, and 17, possibly authorial). A seemingly unrecorded collection of verses printed to mark the clothing of one Chiara Suman at the Benedictine monastery of Santa Croce in Chioggia, south of Venice. Comprising a variety of anacreontics, elegies, and sonnets, including some in Latin and in Venetian dialect, the poems are...
8vo. pp. (8) including engraved title page, 400. Bound in contemporary yap-edged vellum. Ex libris and ex legato of Wilhem Ludwig Bennz in lower margin of title page and on pastedown, the latter dated Eichstadt, 1683. Very rare sole edition of this life of Mary Magdalene, the penitent prostitute and most important female follower of Christ, and illustrated with a suite of 9 unsigned engravings. Stengel devotes only a few pages in Chapter I to discussions of Mary’s life as a prostitute before...
Topics: Mary Magdalene, Saint, Mary Magdalene, Saint, Christian hagiography -- Early works to 1800,...
Large 4to. 38 written pages on ff. (27), with the first and last 4 ff blank (and the final leaf of the penultimate gathering removed for binding). Bound in contemporary full crushed red velvet with yellow-and-blue embroidered silk ties, with two full sheets of gilt-brocade as endpapers. With a separately-issued engraving (16 x 11.5 cm) decorated by an ink wash border of putti and generally colorful designs. Remarkable collection of documents penned at different times by different hands,...
8vo. pp. XXII, (2), 195 including engraved frontispiece. Contemporary cartonnato. First edition. Teresa Margarita Redi was able to serve only 4 years as a professed nun of the Order before her death; yet during this time she was revered for her ability to work with especially the handicapped and mentally ill nuns of the convent. Her eventually fatal illness so disfigured her body that it was not exhibited for public viewing; yet a few days after her death no trace of the illness remained and...
Topics: Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, Saint, 1747-1770, Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, Saint,...
4to. pp. (1 blank leaf), (6), 122, (1), plus folding engraved frontispiece. Contemporary vellum. “????? Anna ?????”. Earlier editions were published in 1590 (Naples, Gioseppe Cacchi) and 1633 (Rome, Francesco Corbelletti). Produced at the insistence of the nuns of the Convent of St. Patricia in Naples. This aristocratic convent had lobbied for Patricia to be appointed as one of several patron saints of Naples in 1626. The frontispiece depicts the saint surrounded by vignettes of episodes of...
Topics: Patricia, Saint, d. 365, Christian women saints -- Early works to 1800, Christian saints -- Early...
4to. pp. (16), 264, (8). Contemporary vellum. Extremely rare sole edition of this new biography by the Spanish Jesuit Alonso de Andrade. The place of publication is significant: this period perhaps marks the height of Spanish female mysticism, of which St. Gertrude and her ‘Revelations’ were an obvious fore-runner. According to Stephen Haliczer (Between Exaltation and Infamy: Female Mystics in the Golden Age of Spain), Teresa of Avila was in fact deliberately painted as “a kind of Spanish...
Topics: Gertrude, the Great, Saint, 1256-1302 -- Early works to 1800, Gertrude, the Great, Saint,...
8vo. pp. 390, (1) blank, plus engraved portrait by Gérard Edelinck. Contemporary calf. “ce livre est du monastere de la vis[itat]ion de marie de Grenoble / Lémery / Chambery / Boulogne sur Mer”. First edition. Fontaine is perhaps most famous for her role in the Port Royal affair. She was dispatched at the head of five of her companions by the authorities to the convent at Port Royal in order to extirpate the Jansenist heresies. Ultimately, she was successful, and Louis XIV offered her the...
Topics: Visitation Nuns -- Early works to 1800, Monastic and religious life of women -- Early works to...
4to. pp. (8), 184, (16), including engraved plate signed Antonio Tempesta and half-page woodcut of Caecilia’s new sacrophagus on p. 168. Bound in contemporary limp vellum, bookplates of Nordkirchen and I. G. Schorsch. Rare sole edition of this early, newsworthy hagiography of St. Cecilia the virgin martyr, published amidst the huge excitement following the discovery of her uncorrupted body in the catacombs beneath her eponymous church in Trastevere in 1599. The plate by Antonio Tempesta shows...
Small 4to. pp. (2), 3-315, (5), engraved title page and 78 full-page engravings in text (of which 29 in contemporary hand-color). Bound in contemporary calf with gilt title and ornaments on spine. Extremely rare first edition of this copiously-illustrated biography of Juan de la Cruz (1542-1591), the first male Discalced Carmelite and a close companion of Teresa de Ávila. While Teresa had been beatified and canonized in record time in 1614/1622, no other members of her reformed order were...
Topics: John of the Cross, Saint, 1542-1591 -- Early works to 1800, Discalced Carmelites -- Early works to...
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by [Klauber, Joseph S. (Joseph Sebastian)] (engr.) ; [Klauber, Johann B. (Johann Baptist)] (engr.)
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8vo. 57 plates (1 frontispiece, 56 numbered engraved emblematic plates) by the Klauber brothers from designs by G. B. Göz. Bound in 18th-century green morocco with gilt border and gilt coronet on upper cover, with clasps. An attractive volume of the full suite of 56 engravings, with the frontispiece, of the second Latin edition of the Litaniae Lauretanae ad Beatae Virginis, by the brothers Joseph Sebastian Klauber (1710–68) and Johann Baptist Klauber (1712–87) of Augsburg. These plates...
4to. pp. (32), 392, with illustrations. Christoforo da Verucchio (1545?-1620?), a Conventual Friar Minor from Verucchino who turned into Capuchin priest was one of the most popular preachers of his time. In his simple and mild sermons, he often stood up for poor orphans. Many of his lectures were printed without his knowledge and these texts were in high demand. After losing his voice in 1592, Verucchino took up the pen himself perforce and over the course of two months he completed “The...
Topics: Catherine, of Bologna, Saint, 1413-1463, Devotional literature
4to. pp. (32), 187, (3). Contemporary vellum. Second edition (first, 1699). “In 441 Eudocia fell into disgrace through an unjust suspicion of infidelity with Paulinos, the "Master of the Offices". Paulinos was murdered and Eudocia banished. In 442 she went back to Jerusalem and lived there till her death. She became for a time an ardent Monophysite. In 453 St. Leo I of Rome wrote to convert her. She then returned to the Catholic Faith... Byzantine history offers few so strange or...
Topics: Eudocia, Empress, consort of Theodosius II, Emperor of the East, -460 -- Early works to 1800,...
8vo. 2 parts in 1 vol. pp. (36), 406, (2); pp. 333, (7), including engraved vignette on title, 1 full-page engraving on verso of title of Part II, and two full-page woodcuts. Contemporary calf. Ex-libris of a Strasbourg library. Sole edition. A curious work, probably not intended for nuns themselves thanks to its Latin. The subject is all manners of perfection to be striven for by Discalced Carmelites, with reference to the precepts of St. Teresa of Avila. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins...
Topics: Discalced Carmelites -- Early works to 1800, Discalced Carmelite Nuns -- Early works to 1800,...
Folio. pp. (36), 675, (9), plus dramatic engraved portrait signed M[anuel] E. de Cosa after the painter Matías de Irala (1680-1753). Bound in contemporary limp vellum with seemingly original ties preserved. Extremely rare sole edition – swiftly condemned by the Holy Inquisition, and placed on the Spanish Índice de Libros Prohibidos – of this life of a penitent concubine whose conversion in later life brought mystical visitations from Christ, the Virgin Mary, and a veritable canon of...
4to. pp. (10), 358, 10, (1). Contemporary calf. Sole edition. A manual of devotion for the Demoiselles Pensionnaires of Eichstatt, dedicated by the nuns of the Congregation of Our Lady to the Electress of Bavaria. The focus of the prayers is “Communion, the three days preceding it (including that for Confession), the day on which it is received, and the three days following it”. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Monasticism and religious orders -- Germany -- Early works to 1800, Monasticism and religious...
4to. pp. (12), 120; pp. 198, (12), (1 integral blank). Slightly later cartonnato. “Alla Rev.... Abadessa, e Rde. Monache del Redentor di Verona”. Sole edition. With a contemporary presentation inscription, “Alla Rev[erendissime] Abadessa, e R[everen]de. Monache del Redentor di Verona” on title page, perhaps in the author’s own hand. From 1718-1722 the architect Lodovico Perini executed renovations on the ancient Convent of S. Silvestro. The present work is a remarkably thorough...
Topics: Nuns -- Italy -- Verona -- Early works to 1800, Convents -- Italy -- Verona -- Early works to 1800,...
8vo. pp. (2), 66, 248, 59, (1). Bound in original sheep, flyleaf with inscriptions “for the use of Clementina Conyers 1737” ((1681-1731) choir nun, received into the convent in 1719) and “Eusebia Pickering” (choir nun of Anglo-Portuguese descent, d. 1810). First edition in English. A rare guide to convent life printed for the English Augustinian nuns at Bruges. In addition to spiritual advice it includes instructions for conduct in church, rules for fasting and abstinence, caring for...
4to. pp. (10), 187, (1), plus engraved frontispiece. Contemporary cartonnato. First edition as such, although there is an edition from 1708, published in Lucca, under a slightly different title ('Vita della venerabile madre Giovanna Francesca Fremiot di Chantal fondatrice dell'Ordine della Visitazione'). The present work is dedicated to a (wealthy?) nun, Maria Chiara da Lezze of the Convent of S. Giovanni Laterano in Rome. Machirelli, an Oratorian monk, finds parallels in Lezze and...
Topics: Chantal, Jeanne-Françoise de, Saint, 1572-1641 -- Early works to 1800, Chantal,...
4to. pp. (8), 299, (4). Contemporary limp vellum with thong clasps. Fine engraved portrait of St. Rose of Lima on heavier paper. Contents toned and fragile, small portion of text missing from D2. Ownership inscription of Sor María Joachina Rosalia de la Luz, Religiosa de Jesús María de Guadalajara. First Philippine edition of the life of Saint Rose of Lima, printed in Manila for the first time in Spanish; extraordinarily rare. One wonders why the first translation and publication of a work...
4to. pp. (16) 336 (4). Woodcut borders to title page and its verso, title page verso also with woodcut of Virgin Mary. Woodcut decorations and factotum initial. Browning, contents loosening, bound in a contemporary stiffened vellum laced-case binding, remains of fastenings. Title page with stamp and inscription of Society of Jesus, Barcelona (one other inscription crossed out), f.f.e.p. with note ‘Duplicado’ (crossed out). Front pastedown with bookplate of Cristian Cortes Llado (1904-1974)....
Topics: Conceptionists -- Early works to 1800, Convents -- Spain -- Tortosa -- Early works to 1800,...
8vo. ff. (8), 175, (1). 19th-century half calf, ex libris d'Arthur Brölemann. The original text dates from somewhere in the 1470s. Four printed editions in Paris (Simon Vostre [no date]; Regnault Chaudière, 1519; Symon de Colines, 1537; and Vincent Sortenas, 1538), all of which are exceedingly rare, show that the work was very popular in the sixteenth century. The present edition is a reissue of the one from 1519 (see colophon; two other recorded copies, BNF and Plantin Moretus Museum). The...
Topics: God (Christianity) -- Love -- Early works to 1800, Soul -- Christianity -- Early works to 1800