1514 Hagiography with graphic woodcut illustrations of saints being martyred

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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.  Seven woodcuts of Saints - three bishops, an abbott and three depicted at their moment of martyrdom by being crucified, impaled or beaten to death. 

Recto:  As Verso with six further woodcuts of Saints, some being burned alive, beheaded, or “put to the sword”.

Printer:  John Thomas, Leiden

Date: 1514

Condition:  This leaf is in excellent condition, sharply printed on good quality paper with original margins all round. It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.

Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 240x175 mm.  Please note that shipping is invoiced separately.

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:  PSA066 

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