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Collection: The Shape of Content in Christian Books, Broadsides, and Prints
This engraved broadside features text in two languages, Italian and French. The purpose of the broadside was to highlight holy relics that could be seen by visitors to Milan Cathedral.
Compiled by a French Franciscan friar, this innovative confessional manual encouraged self-reflection on several hundred sins. Categorized according to the Ten Commandments, brief definitions of the sins were printed on pre-cut paper. This allowed…
Based on a set of illustrated cards first published with an instructional booklet in 1833, this edition of Elizabeth Maria Lloyd's popular Gospel lessons for children consists of the same booklet with four extensive folding panels bearing the series…
First printed edition of the Mammorectus, a manual for the unlettered clergy with short entries explaining difficult terms and concepts encountered in the Bible. Bound in southern Bohemia. Median folio, 339 x 240 mm. Double columns, 48 lines.
This book comprises a series of 153 engravings depicting the Life of Christ by Hieronymus Wiericx (1553–1619) and others. Each illustration combines multiple scenes and features an alphabetical sequence of letters keyed to explanations in Latin…
A critique of Jewish beliefs concerning the Messiah, this work includes a rudimentary introduction to the Hebrew language, a misleading summary of Jewish beliefs, and transliterations from Hebrew sources. Median Quarto, 235 x 162 mm. Single column,…
Dirst edition of the Latin Bible prepared by Andreas Osiander II (1562–1617), presenting the revised Latin scriptures in the two inner columns, with the compiler's paraphrases, explanations, and annotations from various other commentators printed in…
Biblical history written by Peter Comestor, Chancellor of Notre Dame in Paris. Bridwell Library's manuscript of the Historia scholastica is one of many that were expanded with commentaries. Where necessary, the scribe divided the column into two and…
Intended to help readers memorize the basic content of the four Gospels, the fifteen full-page woodcut illustrations in this book combine symbolic emblems that provide visual cues pertaining to each chapter.
The Spanish Inquisition's Index of Expurgations, first issued in 1584. It informs censors which passages are erroneous or obsolete in past books and need to be deleted.
The typography and woodcut illustration of this book reproduces the appearance of a ninth-century illuminated manuscript that consisted of twenty-eight poems in praise of the Holy Cross. In the original manuscript version, the Latin texts were…
The first of two volumes of the Latin scriptures, bound in Bohemia, and owned by the Franciscans of Tachov. Royal folio, 413 x 288 mm. Double columns, 248 lines.
This folding triptych, known as a cartagloria, bears the essential texts of the Latin Mass that a priest needed to have visible during the Eucharistic ceremony. Complementing the central images of Christ on the Cross and the Last Supper, the…
This early printed papal bull announced that indulgences would be granted to penitent Christians who made donations to benefit the church of St. George and Mary Magdalen in Nördlingen, Germany. It contains many of the essential formulas of the…
The "pear" is covered in green and yellow painted buckskin surmounted by a stem, while the torso is in crushed white buckskin. Within the two-part leather "box" is a manuscript by the calligrapher Michael Sull, the leaves of which echo the shape of…
The most popular private devotional tract of the fifteenth century, bound in Bavaria and owned by the Augustinian canons of St. Nicolaus, Passau. Chancery octavo, 114 x 106 mm. Single column, 22 lines.
The purpose of this book was to expose John Wesley as a plagiarist by comparing Samuel Johnson's Taxation no Tyranny (1745) and Wesley's A Calm Address to our American Colonies (1775) in parallel columns. Wesley freely adapted the writings of others…
A guide to the study of the Gospels, bound for the Franciscans of St. Anne in Bamberg. Chancery folio, 292 x 210 mm. Double column, 47 lines.
This Sammelband of four fifteenth-century publications by Johannes Trithemusm is preserved in its original monastic binding. Chancery quatro, 211 x 144 mm.
Eighteenth-century Eucharistic treatise with an illustration of the Mass ceremony in progress, showing a simpler form of cartagloria on the altar in front of the priest.
In this comprehensive study of biblical sources by the Dutch Protestant theologian Herman Witsius, revelation plays a large role in the chapter of the Tabernacle of the Ark of the Covenant. The Tabernacle was equipped with a curtain that concealed…
An illustrated scroll displaying a moving series of color-printed illustrations called "An Illuminated Life of Christ Chronologically Arranged. Masterpiece Paintings by the World's Great Artists." When the entire scroll has been displayed, the lower…
In the exhibited exposition on the Psalms, the printer eliminated the need for rubrication, printing suitably elaborate initials and border decoration along with the text. Such books had the advantage of being ready for use as soon as they were…
Intended for private devotion, this homemade pin cushion encloses a devotional manuscript featuring eight French prayers or mottos in praise of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. The object consists of two heart-shaped green velvet covers with gold cloth…
Miniature manuscript "library" of pious thoughts; each with a German keyword written on a small card, all housed alphabetically in six slipcase "volumes" with gilt red morocco spines (A-D; E-H; I-M; N-Q; R-U; V-Z) within a book-shaped box (9.5 cm).