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Uffizio Della B. V. Maria


Uffizio Della B. V. Maria Per tutti i tempi dell' Anno Coll' Uffizio De' Morti, della SS. Croce, e dello Spirito Santo: e co i Sette Salmi Penitenziali, ed altre divotissime Orazioni.

Engraved frontispiece and 14 plates, engraved title-page vignette and tailpieces, printed in red and black throughout.

8vo. [204 x 136 x 38 mm]. [16]ff, 188, 193-336, xxxviii, [ii] pp. Contemporary binding of dark red goatskin, the covers with a gilt border of a chain roll and feather and star roll, with an urn in the corners. The spine divided into seven panels with raised bands flanked by a gilt pallet, each panel with a small central bud tool, the edges of the boards tooled in gilt with the feather and star roll, marbled endleaves, gilt edges, gauffered and painted with flowers. (A few minor scratches on rear cover and upper corner of front board slightly worn).
Roma: [appresso Gio. Maria Salvioni] Stamperia Vaticiana, 1725

The plates are included in the pagination. Small and light damp-stains at head and foot of first 16 leaves and final page a little soiled. The binding has aged well and has beautifully decorated edges. The work was printed by Giovanni Maria Salvioni (1676-1755) and may also have been bound at his workshop. Hobson, French and Italian Collectors and their Bindings, p.160, refers to a group of bindings associated with the Salvionis dated 1742-1758 and notes "the painted edges of many examples of the group are noteworthy and represent the revivial of a form of decoration unknown in Rome since the reign of Pius V [d.1572]". With the pencil signature of Tammaro De Marinis (1878-1969), Neopolitan bookseller, book collector, binding scholar and author of works including Le Legatura Artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI (1960)

Stock no. ebc6149

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Price: £1000