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Vita R. P. Fr. Hieronymi Savonarolae ferrariensis, ord. praedicatorum.

Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni Francesco.

Published by Sumptibus Ludovici Billaine, Paris, 1674
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Authoritative edition of Savonarola's biography first printed in the 1530's, the volume in hand containing both the entire "life" and the famous compendium of his revelations. Count Giovanni Francesco Pico della Mirandola (1469?1533, not to be confused with his uncle Giovanni, the famous philosopher, 1463?94) knew Savonarola personally, and witnessed his martyrdom in 1498. After years of writing and revising, and reviews by friends who also knew Savonarola, his biography was finally finished in 1530 and later translated anonymously into Italian. The present edition is in Latin and was edited by Jacques Qu?tif (1618?98), a Dominican priest working chez Louis Billaine in Paris ? France of the Ancien R?gime regarding Savonarola as an authentic spiritual leader and not "just" the vexatious Dominican priest who antagonized Alexander VI, spoke out against humanism, and was excommunicated and executed for heresy. The text is printed in roman and italic with side- and shouldernotes, and decorated with a few woodcut initials, headpieces and tail ornaments, with a separate section title for the Compendium revelationum, introduced with a preface by Florentine poet Girolamo Benivieni (1453?1542). A colophon at the end of the Lamentatio sponsae Christi (final leaf) is dated 1537 for the Venetian edition by Tridino. In addition to a finely engraved frontispiece portrait of Savonarola, there are => eight plates, numbering four engraved coats of arms, for the Atestina, Medici, Borgia and Sforza families, and => four large foldout letterpress family trees, for the author's family, the Atestina, Medici, and Borgia, who are all related in some way or another to Savonarola's story. 12mo (15 cm, 5.9"). Vol. I of II. Frontis., [18] ff., 385 [i.e., 375], [1] pp. Plates. BM STC French, P1013. On Pico della Mirandola, see: NCE, XI, 347?48, and C.B. Schmitt, Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola . and his Critique of Aristotle (1967). On Billaine, see: B. Montagnes OP, "?ditions et ?diteurs de Savonarole dans la France d'Ancien R?gime," in Archivium fratrum praedicatorum, LXXV, pp. 159?78. Vellum over boards with yapp edges, ink title to spine and blue speckled edges; vol. II, "Additiones," not present. Unnoticeable pin-type wormhole to frontispiece, title-page rubbed with loss to part of two words and with small hole to its blank area; small spottings to Medici fold-out plate and a few other leaves; Borgia fold-out plate repaired and with a diamond-shaped waterstain; a few tears in lower margins, two resulting in a bit of loss and one of these given an old repair. Bookseller Inventory # 30276

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Title: Vita R. P. Fr. Hieronymi Savonarolae ...

Publisher: Sumptibus Ludovici Billaine, Paris

Publication Date: 1674

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