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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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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 --...
Illustrated portfolio of the Women of the Book Collection at Johns Hopkins University.
Topic: women religious
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,...
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. 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,...
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...
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Women of the Book – Overview of the Collection – 04-11-2022   For clickable links to the currently available individual digital surrogates (in the Bib# column of the table): please download the pdf version of this document.   Alternatively, insert the correct Bib# in https://archive.org/details/wotb_Bib# (e.g., https://archive.org/details/wotb_6743744).  
Topics: religion, women, rare books, medieval, Christian art and symbolism
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....
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...
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
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...
12mo. pp. 48. Unrecorded printing by a female provincial printer (Widow of Johann Heinrich Stock) in a fine ‘Bauern-Einband’ created for a female reader. 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]. Bound together with 'Die Psalmen...
Topic: Lutheran Church -- Catechisms -- Early works to 1800
4 volumes in 4to. Bound in original vellum. Titles printed in red and black. Each volume with a copper engraved frontispiece and a woodcut device on the title page. Hand lettered spines and leather fore-edge ties. "Soi de Uso de la Hermana Maria Francisca Ana de la S[erení]s[i]ma Trinidad Indigna [canceled word]." The famous letters of Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). A mixed set, uniformly bound. Volumes 1 & 2 were printed in 1752, volumes 3 & 4 in 1771. This edition has notes...
Topic: CARTAS ESPAÑOLAS
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
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
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,...
ff. (40), numbered 51-90. Unbound. Lower corner of text illegible due to water damage throughout. Lengthy petition, apparently relating to the authority of Donna Tommasa Mendoza de Sandoval, Widow del Bosco, over two nuns at the (Olivetan?) Convent of Monte Oliveto in Palermo, Sicily. The nuns' convent fees will apparently be paid by del Bosco. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
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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. (24) including 2 full-page engraved portraits, 347, (1), plus 2 extra engraved portraits (1 repeated at rear). Contemporary vellum. Extra-illustrated, including an additional copy of an engraved portrait printed on thick paper and bound at the end, perhaps to be used as a prayer card. With the inscription “sui praesertim, ac Daemonum Victoria insignis” [“from her speciality, a remarcable triumph against demons”]. Despite poor health she was allowed to join the Franciscan Poor...
Topics: Satellico, Maria Crocifissa, Suor, 1706-1745, Poor Clares -- Italy -- Biography, Franciscans --...
8vo. pp. 535, (25), plus 3 engraved portraits. Contemporary calf. First edition of this new life of St. Begga, the subject of popular veneration in her native Brabant. A different text appeared in Flemish in 1631, according to the STCV. The present copy contains all three engravings, illustrating not only St. Begga, but some of her early female followers: Joanna Dedemaecker and St. Anna van Schrieck Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Begga, Saint, 613-693, Monasticism and religious orders -- Belgium -- Early works to 1800,...
8vo. pp. xv, (1), 326, (2). Contemporary calf. First edition, dedicated to Sœur Thérese de S. Augustin (Princess Louise of France). In 1601 Acarie came across the Life of Teresa of Avila and was moved to found convents dedicated to her order. Acarie herself became renowned for her gifts of healing; for having received the stigmata; and her ability to prophecy future events. One of numerous French books, mainly Carmelite, dedicated to Princess Louise of France – who must have remained...
Topics: Marie de l'Incarnation, Blessed, 1566-1618 -- Early works to 1800, Marie de l'Incarnation, Blessed,...
2 vols, 12mos. pp. (24) including engraved frontispiece, 216; pp. 106, (6); pp. (4) including engraved frontispiece, 221- 512; pp. xxiv. With two half-page devotional engravings at the head of each volume. Contemporary calf. Early edition (first, 1691). Marguerite Marie Alacoque was a celebrated pioneer of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart, and Croiset's account of these practices includes the first account of the Visitandine nun's life, published just one year after her death. This is the...
Topics: Alacoque, Marguerite Marie, Saint, 1647-1690 -- Early works to 1800, Visitation Nuns -- Early works...
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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...
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 --...
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 --...
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....
Topic: Antonia de San Jacinto, madre, 1641-1683
8vo. pp. 88. With small woodcut of the ‘miraculous image’ (?) on title page. Contemporary patterned card. Sole edition. Directions for a 9-day novena to Our Lady of Good Counsel, printed for the use of the Benedictine nuns of St. Anne in Florence. According to the present text, in 1756 a ‘miraculous image’ of the Virgin and Child was deposited at the convent of St. Anne for safe-keeping, demanding the publication of the present work. The convent was dissolved in 1806. Little is known...
Topics: Benedictine nuns -- Early works to 1800, Monasticism and religious orders -- Early works to 1800,...
8vo. ff. 111, (2). With full-page woodcut on verso of title. Second edition (a re-issue of the first, 1563). Felice was an unaffiliated mystic. Following the example of St Francis, she led an itinerant lifestyle, wandering barefoot with only the roughest of clothing and eating only the poorest foods. Sources on her are very few. She died at the age of 26. The earliest Vita of Felice of Barbarano is included here with a divisional title as ff 77-96. It is couched as a letter to a nun, Isaballa...
Topics: Felice, of Barbarano, 1527-1553, Women mystics -- Early works to 1800, Mystics -- Early works to...
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. (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
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...
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. XVI. Disbound. Sole edition. Celebrating the taking of the habit by a local noblewoman. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Jacobilli, Caterina, name in religion: Amante Maria, Amante Maria, name in religion of Caterina...
[1:] 270x200 mm, pp. (4), (1), (2). Edict from the archbishop Angelo Rannuzzi curbing excessive celebratory expenses by Bolognese nuns, 9 December 1684. Rannuzzi complains about the nuns’ habit of giving away food and labor-intensive presents such as paper flowers to the attending laity at the occasion of convent feasts. He states that poor nuns felt uneasy because their family could not afford to sponsor these edible gifts and that many young girls gave up their aspirations to become a nun...
Folio, pp. (4). Crudely sewn in contemporary blue wrappers with manuscript title on front cover. Docketed with two contemporary woodcut notarial stamps, the first on p. 1 of a certain Giuseppe [??] and the second on p. 4 of Giovanni Andrea Francesco de Bosio [?], with the initials I. A. B. N. Example of a contractual ‘dowry’ drawn up for a wealthy nun upon her admission to a convent in Modena in 1727. The present document was prepared at the behest of the nun’s father, Domenico...
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4to. pp. (28), 300, (16), plus engraved portrait; (2), 404, (24). Contemporary calf. Dutch nun's inscription dated 1704; later French inscription of a 'Madame Marie Dams'. First edition of the first two parts of this biography and letters of an important Flemish mystic. “Together with a fellow nun [Petyt] moved to a cell in Mechelen, which soon became the centre of a group of like-minded women. Around 1662 she began her voluminous autobiography, modeled on the Autobiography of Saint Teresa of...
Topics: Petyt, Maria, 1623-1677 -- Early works to 1800, Carmelites -- Early works to 1800, Carmelites,...
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,...
8vo. pp. (16), 17-245, (11), including engraved frontispiece of a priest and his wife. "M Ll. J Xr., P. Buek. Spiegel erster Pfarrfrauen E. ... Karakterbildte als Seitenstuck ... in Beispielen .... (30 1/2 B.) ... 1842". Contemporary vellum. Second edition (first, 1699). A remarkable conduct-book for the wives of Lutheran priests, including instruction on dress, sexual moderation, keeping silent, and so on. This copy is bound with another conduct book by the same author with...
Topics: Spouses of clergy -- Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800, Lutheran Church -- Clergy -- Early...
4to. pp. XII, 511, (8), plus engraved portrait. Contemporary calf. Ex-libris of Migel Martinez. Third edition, enlarged with an account of the progress of the nun's beatification process. Inés de Benigánim was born to a poor family and suffered from epilepsy as a child. At the age of 13 she had a vision of Christ, and rejected a marriage proposal in order to follow her dream of entering a convent – of the Discalced Augustinians in Benigánim. The first edition was published in 1715 and...
Topics: Josefa de Santa Inés, de Benigánim, Beata, 1625-1696 -- Early works to 1800, Augustinian...
Manuscript in Flemish. Folios, 3 volumes. ff. LVI; XLVIII; XLV. Bound in contemporary vellum (rear cover of third volume lacking). Three volumes detailing the daily expenses incurred in running the Benedictine convent of Mesen under the Abbess Johanna van Ghistele, prepared by their treasurer Roeland Bossaert, Seigneur de Hulsbusch (ca. 1472-1559). Covering the years 1520-1521; 1526-1527; and 1530-1531. Written in a very clear hand, with occasional contemporary notations. A fascinating source...
8vo (175 x 107 mm). (1 leaf), pp. “174” [i.e., 178], (2). Manuscript on paper, frontispiece pen-and-ink drawing of the crucifixion with inset of Adam and Eve. Illustrated with fifteen highly finished drawings. Bound in contemporary Viennese or Bohemian gold-tooled brown calf. A consummately illustrated calligraphic manuscript by a Viennese calligrapher, mathematician, educator at the Savoyisch Liechtensteinschen Akadamie in Vienna, and member of the Piarist order. Containing selected...
4to. ff. LXXXIX. Woodcut borders and engraving on the title page, illustrated with 49 engravings by Hans Schäufelein, one of Albrecht Dürer’s most gifted pupils. Bound in contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards with beveled edges, spine in four compartments. Rare, first German edition of this biography of the mystic author Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) by her confessor and spiritual director, the Dominican Raimondo da Capua (1330-1399). Catherine was a lay member of the...
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,...
4to. (the leaf 215 x 160 mm) pp. 35, (5). Contemporary vellum binding using a fragment from a 14th-century manuscript (gothic script, on double column), original sewing visible on spine. Contemporary handwritten ownership inscription on title lower margin: “D B C,” and “Capucine libro primo,” contemporary manuscript entry on the first flyleaf. Title page printed in red and black, within a typographical woodcut border, with a woodcut device depicting a cardinal (likely Federico Borromeo...
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...
4to, pp. (40), 280. In a magnificent contemporary Portuguese red morocco binding, covers richly decorated with gilt borders, corner- and centerpieces incorporating floral tools, spine gilt in compartments lettered in one, gilt and gauffered edges, marbled endpapers. Woodcut initials and headpieces. On the title verso is an armorial ink stamp of the Dukes of Lafões, likely João Carlos de Bragança, the second Duke, politician, military commander, and founder of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences,...
Topic: Benedictinas-Reglas, Constituciones, etc
pp. 3-96, lacking leaf A1 (title). With 8 half-page engraved vignettes in text including St Elizabeth of Hungary, St Rose of Vitterbo, and St Angela of Foligno. Unrecorded illustrated compendium of notable members of the Third Order of St. Francis. While both Elizabeth and Rose had already been canonized as saints of the Order, the biography of Angela of Foligno is notable as it precedes even her beatification (in 1701). Nevertheless, various miracles are attributed to her, and the charming...
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, Christian hagiography -- Early works to 1800, Christian hagiography
12mo. pp. 58, (2 [blank]). Woodcut of Mary and infant Jesus to verso of half-title, title within border of type ornaments, woodcut initial and tailpiece, small loss to corner of half-title, closed tear to lower margin of A6, stab-stitched in original drab wrappers, spine perished, some chips to covers, later ink stamps inside lower cover. First edition of this work promoting a miraculous painting of the Virgin Mary, known as ‘Notre-Dame de Messine’, housed in the parish church of the...
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Devotion to -- Belgium, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint, Devotion,...
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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. 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....
4to. ff. (26). Bound in modern half calf. With two Florentine woodcuts. The one on the first page pictures a monk followed by another, speaking to some nuns who are standing before him on the right, while the one at the end shows the Crucifixion with Mary, St. John, and Magdalena. Third edition of this chronicle of the Santissima Annunziata delle Murate convent, commonly referred to as Le Murate, by a former critic. The first edition was issued by Morgiani in 1495-1496. Le Murate (“the...
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Single sheet copper engraving, folio, 21 x 29.5 cm (plate mark 17 x 23.5 cm), at some point folded in the middle. A remarkable piece of religious engraved ephemera, unrecorded, used as a membership certificate for a lay woman on her admission to the confraternity of the Scuola Grande dei Carmini in Venice. Founded in Venice in 1594 as a ‘Confraternita sive scola di laici sotto il nome della Gloriosa Vergine Maria del Monte Carmelo’ by the cloth merchant Bernardin Soardi, the Scuola dei...
2 vols in 2. 8vo. pp. xvi, 256; pp. (2), 259-514, (6), plus engraved portrait in Vol 1. Contemporary quarter calf. Ex libris Seton Hill College (PA), confirmed dispersal. Later edition. This neatly-printed edition, replete with a new frontispiece by Zucchi, followed Caterina's canonization in 1737. It claims to have updated the original language of Marabotto and Vernazza (contemporaries of Caterina) to 'modern orthography'. Volume 2 contains a translation of Caterina's Trattato del Purgatorio...
Topics: Catherine, of Genoa, Saint, 1447-1510 -- Early works to 1800, Christian saints -- Early works to...
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
Johns Hopkins University Library - Women of the Book
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. 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,...
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,...
4to. pp. (8), 68. Modern quarter calf. First edition of the first biography of Villana Botti. At the age of 13, she ran away from home to join a convent, but was refused entry. Her spirit crushed, she descended into a lazy and lavish lifestyle, and was married off at the age of 19. One day she experienced a sudden spiritual conversion after catching sight of herself reflected as a demon in a mirror. She turned to the Dominican Order and adopted their practices, including collecting alms...
Topic: Villana delle Botti, -1361 -- Early works to 1800
4to. pp. (16), 192; pp. (4), 128; pp. (4), 159; pp. (4), 198, plus engraved title and 12 engraved plates by Jan Luyken. Contemporary boards, rebacked. First edition. A sensational illustrated compendium of women who 'met unfortunate ends' – most of them within a religious setting. Among the subjects we find three of Henry VIII's wives; Martin Luther's wife; 'Magdalena of Japan'; Pope Joan; and hundreds of other lesser-known women from ancient times to the 17th century Click here to view the...
Topics: Women -- Biography -- Early works to 1800, Women
38.5 cm x 26 cm. Etched broadside including engraved title and dedication to Bartolomeo Ceriani, with his arms. Cropped and mounted on laid paper. 2 mm fault on left side just nicking the toes of one cherub, and 12 mm fault on right side with loss, repaired with ‘patch’ of cross-hatching from another engraving. Unrecorded broadside giving a ‘true likeness’ of a miraculous medieval fresco rediscovered by builders during the destruction of a wall in Milan in 1651. The present broadside...
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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
8vo. pp. (12), 153, (1). Contemporary patterned cartonnato. “Gabriela ???? Baldi”; “F. Luigi Maiola...????”. First edition. A biography of this medieval nun, issued from a small provincial press in Vercelli following the formal Papal approval of her local 'cultus' in 1769. Bicchieri's father was wealthy enough to build an entire convent for his daughter, though he died upon its completion. Bicchieri wore a hair shirt and was given to ecstasies Click here to view the Johns Hopkins...
Topics: Bicchieri, Emilia, 1238-1314, Dominicans -- Early works to 1800, Dominican sisters -- Biography --...
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. (40) including engraved title and 2 plates, 445 including 10 further plates, (12). Contemporary vellum. Repaired closed tear to inner corner of engraved title page. First edition of this particular German translation of Capua's Vita. Illustrated with 12 novel engraved scenes from the life of the saint, of great artistic and iconographic interest for their lively depiction of the various miracles attributed to her. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380, Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380
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. xii, 461, (7). Contemporary calf. Second edition (first, Avignon, 1766). Rouville sets out in his preface to offer a guide to emulating the Virgin Mary, deliberately modeled on the Imitatio Christi of Thomas a Kempis – a text usually reserved for men. A fine complement to the various adaptations of Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises for women mentioned above Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- meditation, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint, Christian life -- Catholic...
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...
Folio. Engraved title, dedication, 2 portraits, 67 [ie 68] numbered plates. Contemporary vellum. First edition. A striking tour-de-force depicting 68 events in Teresa’s life, wholly engraved by Westerhout. The work was dedicated to a princess of the small city-state of Piombino on Italy’s west coast. The captioned illustrations include Teresa in a state of ecstasy as an angel transcribes her spiritual works for her and an uncredited rendering of Bernini's famous white marble statue of the...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 --...
12mo. pp. 24. Contemporary calf, bound with two other devotional works. 'Een Korte Oeffeninghe ...' is the second work in this Sammelband. The title translates as: 'A Brief Exercise following the Spirit of the Holy Mother Teresa, Very Profitable for Anyone, in Order to arrive in a short Time at the Perfection of Virtue with little Effort, and with Enjoyment. Given out for the New Year to all God-loving Souls'. The verso of the title page depicts a very curious engraving of St Teresa playing a...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Discalced Carmelites -- Early works to...
8vo. pp. (2), 2-46; (2), 2-31, (16) including 3 integral blanks. Final, unnumbered quire written on bluish paper and bound in subsequently to the rest of the book. Bound in 18th century sheep Ownership inscriptions on flyleaves: “Ce livre est du M[onas]tère de la Visitation Ste Marie de Paris” [?] “Infirmerie”. “Je suis a l’usage de ma soeur marie [crossed out] de la chambre de la Superieure”. Manuscript in brown ink with divisional titles for each section, containing prayers for...
First edition. Folio, pp. (16) 798, 198 (18) (lacking final blank). Fully engraved pictorial title page by Jean Baugin. Full-page engraved portrait of St. Augustine striking heretics with thunderbolts at end of prelims., by the same. Bound in 18th-century half-vellum and wood-marbled paper boards, Stamps of St. Hugh’s, Parkminster (founded in 1873 to house French Carthusians in exile), an earlier stamp of “J.M.J.L.A. Petit P.M.S.” First edition, a rare and extensive historical compendium...