Breviarium Monasticum Pauli V. ac Urbani VIII. Summorum Pontificium auctoritate recognitum, pro omnibus sub regula SS.mi P. Benedicti militantibus, in quo sunt omni studio disposita Officia Sanctorum, ut nihil amplius desiderandum supersit. In quattuor Anni Tempora divisum. In 4 volumes


Publisher: Venetiis, Ex Typographia Balleoniana, 1744
Description: A Benedictine breviary, each of its four volumes being devoted to one season of the Church's liturgical year. Each volume in full maroon calf, richly stamped in gilt, in the ornate design known as `fan' design. The spines are raised in compartments, decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers; two of the volumes have two ornate brass clasps each, and two have one each. All the edges are gilt. Printed in red and black, with engraved plates. Both text and bindings in very good condition

The binding seems contemporary with publication. However there are a number of pages from a later date inserted into the text, e.g. a 24 page revision of 1863 for the Feast on 8 December of the Immaculate Conception. It seems likely/possible that the four volumes were disbound at that time and rebound in the same bindings with the revised texts inserted. One of the insertions is dated 1751, so that it seems likely that the first binding was not done till then. Also interleaved throughout the text are a number of small engraved sheets, containing images of saints and prayers (i.e. in modern parlance, ‘holy cards’). The text on some of these is Portuguese and on one it is German. Hence the book was a working breviary and very likely used outside Italy, its country of origin.

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