A new edition of the Vitae pontificum, Platina’s famous chronicle of the papacy through its 1500-year history (previously printed 1479, 1481, 1485), here united with his Contra amores (Against Love Affairs), a “misogynistic critique of women which had significant influence on later writers” (previously printed 1481), five unpublished minor works, and “Parentalia B. Platynae”, a collection by the author’s friend Pietro Demetrio Guazzelli of verse eulogies recited on 18 April 1482, at a memorial banquet in Platina’s former home, also unpublished.
First printing of this compendium of the lives and maxims of the Desert Fathers, dedicated to the royal finance minister Martin Ruzé de Beaulieu (1530-1613), and featuring a fine series of engravings of hermit saints by Jacob de Weert and Jacob van der Heyden. The text enjoyed enduring popularity, being reprinted at least a dozen times before the end of the century (the De Weert and Van der Heyden matrices were not used to illustrate any subsequent edition). Our copy was bound for a member of the Béthencourt family of Rouen, probably Galien II de Béthencourt, who was born in 1580, and in 1624 inherited the office of councillor of the court to the Parlement.
Toronto, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1980
(24.5 cm), xvi, 562 pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - A biographical dictionary of the 474 theologians who received the doctorate in Paris between 1500 and 1536, containing, where possible, lists of their works in all known editions. Using post mortem inventories and other documentation, Farge is able to describe the libraries owned by some of these theologians. ¶ Wrapper lightly finger-marked; otherwise a good, unmarked copy.