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    A Rare Edition of Saint Catherine's Biography and Her Prophecies

    Raimundo of Capua [de Vineis] and Catherine of Sienna. Theologia Mysticae, Mirabulum scilcet, & inscrutabilium operum Dei lucida demonstatio... e idiomate Italico in Latinum trasusa: Christianae pietas modu(m) methodum que co(m)plectens: hacenus quide(m) a piis probe que fidelibus cunvtis summe desiderata, ac iam tandem postmultos labores exhibita. [Including: Liber Divinae Doctrinae, Datae per personem... virginis Cheterinae de Senis.] Cologne: Jaspar van Gennep, 1553. Rare Cologne edition of this famous biography of Catherine of Sienna, printed with a Latin translation of her Dialogo della divina dottrina, her book on her meditations and revelations. Folio. a4, A-O6, P-Z4, a-p4 [gathering "o" is bound after p], q5 [lacks q6, blank]. [8], 185, [2] pages. Errors in foliation. Historiated Initials. Attractive contemporary blind-tooled calf, a few wormholes, corners a bit bumped, head and tail of spine defective, lacks ties, later leather label on spine; brownish stain to first and last leaves, minor foxing, from "Bibl. Prov. Germ. Inferioris" with release, library stamps and pencil note on title-page and B5, four leaves misbound (175-8 after 180). A good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Raimundo of Capua [de Vineis] & Catherine of Sienna. Theologia Mysticae, Mirabulum scilcet, & inscrutabilium operum Dei lucida demonstatio ...e idiomate Italico in Latinum trasusa: Christianae pietas modu(m) methodum que co(m)plectens: hacenus quide(m) a piis probe que fidelibus cunvtis summe desiderata, ac iam tandem postmultos labores exhibita. [Including: Liber Divinae Doctrinae, Datae per personem... virginis Cheterinae de Senis.] Cologne: Jaspar van Gennep, 1553. Folio. a4, A-O6, P-Z4, a-p4 [gathering "o" is bound after p], q5 [lacks q6, blank]. [8], 185, [2]p.Errors in foliation. Attractive contemp. blind-tooled calf, a few wormholes, corners a bit bumped, head & tail of spine defective, lacks ties, later leather label on spine; brownish stain to first and last leaves, minor foxing, from "Bibl. Prov. Germ. Inferioris" with release, library stamps on t.p. & B5, 4 leaves misbound (175-8 afer 180.], pencil note on t.p. Historiated Initials. Catherine of Sienna, Saint, born 25 March, 1347; died at Rome, 29 April, 1380.
    "From her earliest childhood Catherine began to see visions and to practise extreme austerities. At the age of seven she consecrated her virginity to Christ; in her sixteenth year she took the habit of the Dominican Tertiaries, and renewed the life of the anchorites of the desert in a little room in her father's house. After three years of celestial visitations and familiar conversation with Christ, she underwent the mystical experience known as the "spiritual espousals", probably during the carnival of 1366. She now rejoined her family, began to tend the sick, especially those afflicted with the most repulsive diseases, to serve the poor, and to labour for the conversion of sinners... he began to gather disciples round her, both men and women, who formed a wonderful spiritual fellowship, united to her by the bonds of mystical love. During the summer of 1370 she received a series of special manifestations of Divine mysteries, which culminated in a prolonged trance, a kind of mystical death, in which she had a vision of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, and heard a Divine command to leave her cell and enter the public life of the world. She began to dispatch letters to men and women in every condition of life, entered into correspondence with the princes and republics of Italy, was consulted by the papal legates about the affairs of the Church, and set herself to heal the wounds of her native land by staying the fury of civil war and the ravages of faction...Among Catherine's principal followers were Fra Raimondo delle Vigne, of Capua (d. 1399), her confessor and biographer, afterwards General of the Dominicans, and Stefano di Corrado Maconi (d. 1424), who had been one of her secretaries, and became Prior General of the Carthusians. Raimondo's book, the "Legend", was finished in 1395... The works of St. Catherine of Siena rank among the classics of the Italian language..." [Catholic Ency.]
    Rare Cologne edition of this famous biography of Catherine of Sienna, printed with a Latin translation of her ÒDialogo della divina dottrina, Ò her book on her meditations and revelations. VD 16 R133. Adams V 840. Occult. Mysticism. Religion. Theology.



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