Alfonso, Daniel Mallonius, & Marco Vigerio. Historia admiranda. Duaci:
Ex typographia Baltazaris Belleri, 1607. 4to (22 cm, 8.5"). 2 vols. in 1. I: π2
(π1+†8) ††8 (-††7–8=π2?)
A–Z8 Aa–Gg8;  ff., 429,  pp.,  ff.;
illus. II: *4 †4 ††2 A–Z8
Aa–Ee8 Ff–Kk4;  ff., 444 pp.; illus.
Though issued under a common title as the Historia admiranda,
the De Iesu Christi stigmatibus sacrae sindoni impressis and the
Decachordum Christianum are actually two separate works. The earlier,
Decachordum Christianum, which constitutes vol. II of the Historia
admiranda, is by Marco Cardinal Vigerio (1446–1516). It was first
published in 1507, and discusses the mysteries of Christ’s life from the
Annunciation through Pentecost with many side trips. A supplementary piece by
the same author on the instruments ofthe
Passion follows. This edition of these two pieces of Vigerio
was edited by Richard Gibbons (1550–1632), a noted English recusant scholar
and Jesuit priest who spent most of his career at Douai teaching as well as
translating, editing, and annotating various learned works.
the Decachordum Christianum is the De Jesu Christi stigmatibus,
a discussion of the wounds of Christ as found on the shroud of Turin, composed
by Alfonso Paleotti (1531–1610) archbishop of Bologna. His discussion
of the shroud is interspersed with a more forensic analysis of the sufferings
endured by Jesus, by Daniel Mallonius, an Italian Hieronymite priest. This
was first published separately in 1606.
This 1607 edition of the Historia admiranda is apparentlythe
first joint publication of these works under this title,
and it was followed by a 1616 edition. In this edition the De Jesu Christi
stigmatibus opens with an engraved title-page and has16
full-page engravings illustrating the shroud of Turin from
both front and back, as well as the wounds of Christ and the instruments of
the Passion. The Decahordum christianum has10
full-page engravings showing scenes from the life of Christ,
that of the Annunciation being strikingly beautiful. Though continuous in
pagination, the supplementary De excellentia instrumentorum Dominicae Passionis
by Vigerio has its own sectional title-page incorporating a striking engraved
vignette of Christ as the man of sorrows. Both volumes are printed withwoodcut
initials, head- and tailpieces, and sidenotes.
Apparently held in only one U.S. library (and in relatively few abroad).
Allison & Rogers, Catholic Books 590, see also
the note on p. 105; Shaaber G275. Vellum over paste boards, with slightly
yapp edges and holes for ties apparent; somewhat spotted and soiled, covers
lightly sprung. Spine with inked title and remnants of paper label; tears
at head. Front hinge (inside) repaired. Remnants of library booklabel on front
pastedown and small stamp of a private club on rear free endpaper; endpapers
and title-page of vol. I with light soiling and an excision from the top margin.
Inked ownership inscription on recto of front free endpaper. Pages with occasional
light soiling. All edges green, though rubbed.
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