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Traditional-style full leather binding with tight joints and tight back, covered in natural (undyed) Niger goatskin over sculpted boards; upper and lower boards with onlays of multiple leathers embossed with linoleum cuts and with blind, gold, and…
Galileo's "Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Ptolemaic and Copernican" remains one of the most significant books in the history of science. Controversy arose over Galileo's proof of the Copernican cosmology, which placed the sun, not…
Eight of the twenty-six sermons on Exodus in this edition (numbered 1-3, 6, 10, 12, 20, and 23) are marked "questa e prohibita" ("this is prohibited").
In Bridwell Library's copy of Savonarola's sermons on the Books of Ruth and Micah, Sermon 7 on the third chapter of Ruth was censored by the removal of twelve leaves (folios 82-93). Only the beginning and the very end of the sermon remain.
The more complete removal of the same prohibited sermon on Ruth in this earlier edition had drastic consequences for the physical book as a whole. When the censor cut out all seven leaves of Sermon 7, he also removed the ending of Sermon 6 and the…
In this copy of Savonarola's sermons on the Book of Ezechiel, the three prohibited sermons in this collection were left undisturbed but a later note states that Sermons 21, 32, and 40 were cited in the Index librorum prohibitorum. The woodcut on the…
A censor tore ten leaves from this collection of Savonarola's sermons, removing the prohibited third sermon entitled "Ecce gladius Domini" ("Behold the Sword of God"), which had alarmed church officials with its apocalyptic warnings. Several other…
In this collection of forty-seven sermons on the Book of Job, a censor marked the beginning of Sermon 14 as "proibita" ("prohibited") in brown ink, and the bottom right corner of the first leaf of the sermon was torn away. It was later repaired, with…
The title page of this edition of Savonarola's Lenten sermons on the prophecies of Amos bears a woodcut depicting the author's public execution. While the assembled men and women look to his empty pulpit, the martyr, engulfed in flames, holds aloft a…
In this later edition of Savonarola's Lenten sermons on Amos, the eleven leaves containing the prohibited Sermon 12 were excised by a censor.
This sermon by Savonarola, never prohibited by the Index, was inscribed by an early owner "Si puo leggere senza scrupolo" ("You may read this without scruple").
In 1496 the Poor Clares at the Convento di Santa Chiara Novella in Florence commissioned the Ugolino Verino to write this "Life of St. Clare" in Italian so members of the order could read about their founder. This edition is an illuminated manuscript…
Juan de Valverde was a student of Realdo Columbo, a professor of anatomy and surgeon at the University of Padua who studied under Vesalius. Valverde became the most important anatomy specialist in Spain in the late sixteenth century and wrote…
Illustrated with thirteen masterful woodcuts, this vernacular Italian retelling of Christ's Passion was composed by a disciple of St. Catherine of Siena. The text, written in ottava rima (with an "abababcc" rhyme scheme), was performed as a sacra…
This otherwise unrecorded broadside presents a diagrammatic view of the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, the road by which Christ was led to his Crucifixion. The image was created by a Franciscan friar in order to arouse the devout interest of the…
In 1496 the Poor Clares at the Convento di Santa Chiara Novella in Florence commissioned the Florentine humanist Ugolino Verino to write this Life of St. Clare in Italian, so that those sisters who lacked Latin education could read of their founder's…
This biography presents Suor Domenica da Paradiso as a model for monastic behavior in order to promote her case for saintly canonization. The book's engraved frontispiece offers a lively (albeit imaginary) portrayal of this monastic founder and…
Among the first women known to have been directly involved in the production of printed books were the Dominican nuns at the Convent of San Jacopo di Ripoli in Florence. The exhibited book, the first vernacular edition of this early Latin biography…
A chivalric romance based on Orlando furioso by Ludovico Ariosto (1474–1534). Written by famous poet and writer Laura Terracina.
A heroic poem on the theme of the biblical King David. Dedicated to Maria Maddalena de' Medici, the Archduchess of Austria and Grand Duchess of Tuscany, the poem also included flattering allusions to contemporary Florentine nobles.
Suor Isabella Piccini engraved this portrayal of St. Teresa of Ávila in 1720, when the plate was used as the frontispiece for the first edition of the saint’s “Spiritual Advice.”
This goatskin binding has a circular cameo of the Pietà.
A genuine binding by Icilio Federico Joni, who was known for his forgeries. This binding wasn't intended as a forgery. Binding is inspired by Alessandro Piccolomini.
Small folio edition of the Italian translation of the Bible by Niccolò Malermi (c. 1422–1481) including woodcut illustrations.
Parallel Latin and Italian with notes in Italian and includes indexes. Included is a lithographic illustration of Samuel and Eli done by American John Singleton Copley (1738–1815).