Graphic woodcuts of saints being martyred. 1514 Hagiography.

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Lives of the Saints by Petrus De Natalibus

Verso:  Two columns of Latin text printed in two sizes in black in a gothic font on laid rag paper.   Four woodcuts of saints being beheaded or “put to the sword”.

Recto:  As Verso, with a further woodcut of the Abbott Philibertus..

Printer:  John Thomas, Leiden

Date: 1514

Condition:  This leaf is in very good condition, sharply printed on good quality paper with original margins all round. One slight mark in the right column of Verso.  It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.  Please note that shipping costs are invoiced separately. 

Size:   Leaf: approx. 240x175 mm.

Notes:  This work, Catalogus sanctorum et gestorum eorum  (A Catalogue of Saints and their Acts) by Petrus de Natalibus (1330?-1406), and Jacobus de Voragine’s “The Golden Legend”, were the two most widely read hagiographies in medieval Europe.  Depicting the lives of the saints in an array of factual and fictional stories, de Natalibus produced 1500 entries in 12 books following the calendar of the Church.  The collection, first printed in 1493, went through many editions, the last of which appeared in Venice in 1616.

Item No:  PSA073

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