This once-lovely volume has a full leather binding with four raised bands on the spine, heavily embossed gilt crucifixion scene stamped on the front and back cover, other gilt ornamentation and stamped designs. Holes in both covers where clasps used to be. Ink titles (now faded) on paper pasted on the spine. It looks as though the front fly leaf and/or half-title pages were glued to the front cover so now the first page is the title page, a full page engraving full of biblical symbols and information about the book. There are eight unnumbered leaves (16 pages) of front matter which begin with alternating red and black oversize print, followed by 674 numbered pages including the full-page plates, then nine unnumbered leaves (18 pages), an Index, then a colophon with the name of publisher and date - 1634. A pencil note on the front pastedown reads: Imperfect. Lacks seven pages. By our count, there are eight pages missing, eight plates: Nos. 1,2,3,4,5,20,48,58. Originally there were 70 numbered plates plus several other engraved illustrations (ornamentations). The missing plates were carefully removed probably by someone who sold them separately. The spine of the binding is no longer attractive; pieces at the top and bottom are missing. The covers themselves are still quite attractive. This is an incomplete edition, somewhat flawed, although the text and approximately 90% of the illustrations are in very good condition. Priced accordingly. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: SACRUM SANCTUARIUM Crucis et Patientiae ...
Publisher: Ex Officina Plantinian Balthasaris Moreti
Publication Date: 1634
Book Condition: Fair
Edition: 1st Edition
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