Marcellus, Christopher. In quarta Lateranen[sis]. Concilii sessione habita oratio. iiii. Idus Deceembris M.D.XII. [colophon: Rome: Impressum ... per Iacobum Mazochium, 1513]. 4to (20.4 cm, 8.125").  ff.
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Sole edition of this important oration delivered on the fourth day of the Fifth Lateran Council (1512 –17). Cristoforo Marcello (1480–1527) was an Italian bishop and theologian. In his speech De officio principis, he celebrates Julius II and his role as emissary of Christ famously defining the Pope as “physician,” “governor,” and “another God on earth.” This doctrinal stance sought to defy once and for all the conciliary threats to papal supremacy, after the recently-disbanded, ill-fated “Conciliabulum” of Pisa. He also mentions how the “very ferocious Scythians” (the Ottomans) seized the seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople after the Fall of 1453.
The handsome woodcut border, found in several sermons or orations printed in the 1510s, was probably owned by Mazzocchi and circulated among other printers, including Silber.
Provenance: Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
WorldCat locates only three U.S. libraries (Harvard, Folger, UPenn) reporting ownership. Curiously, while the colophon reads as above, both Harvard and Cambridge, noting the colophon data, go on to record the publication as “excudebat Joannes Beplin impensis Jacobi Mazochii.”
EDIT16 CNCE 30311; Sander 4211; Göllner 54; Adams M526; Ascarelli, Giacomo Mazzocchi, 59. 20th-century modern quarter crushed morocco over marbled boards, signed in upper outer corner of the front pastedown “Lobstein-Laurenomet”; gilt-lettered spine. Text is on strong, thick paper, with minimal, mainly marginal foxing to a handful of leaves, upper edge trimmed touching woodcut border on title-page. Notably clean. (40802)
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