Romae (Rome): Apud Iacobum Lunam. Impensis Leonardi Parasoli & Sociorum. 1595 [i.e. 1596]. First edition. Hardcover. Folio (15 1/4 x 10 3/4"). , 705, pp. Contemporary gilt-stamped calf, with gold lettering and tooling to spine. Raised bands. Dentelles. Striking floral design painting to paper edges, with head of Christ on fore-edge. Engraved title by Francesco Villamena. Title page in red and black lettering, and highlighted in gold. Decorative initials and tailpiece. Dedication to Pope Clement VIII by M. Vestrius Barbianus, the Papal secretary. Printer's device on last page.
Illustrated with no less than 156 magnificent hand-colored in-text engravings, this monumental work is the official and complete liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. It contains the offices for sacramental and other sacred acts and ceremonies, such as baptism, communion, confirmation, ordination, matrimony, dedication of churches, altars, bells, benediction of crosses, sacred vestures, burials, coronations, etc. Also includes numerous liturgical motets in Latin for Masses, Te Deum, and other religious ceremonies. All the engravings, as well as the decorative initials and the printer's device at rear have been splendidly handcolored by a contemporary previous owner.
Binding rubbed along edges. Covers detached, but present. Title page repaired and re-laid. The first 24 leaves are disbound. Pages 15 to 30 heavily sunned, with sporadic holes (thus partly affecting text and some illustrations). Minor to moderate age-toning along paper margin for the remaining pages. Text in Latin. Binding in overall poor, pages 15-30 in poor to fair, the remaining pages in good to very good condition. poor to vg. Item #39771