1566 · Romae
First edition of this important monument of the Catholic Reformation, the first official Catholic catechism, as authorized by the council of Trent and issued by Pope Pius V. It is not a true catechism in the modern sense of the genre; it does not address the lay person. Rather, the work is a => catechistic and homiletic handbook for the parish priest. Meant to improve the theological understanding of priests during the contentious era following Luther's schism, it divides doctrine into four categories: symbols, sacraments, commandments, and prayer.
In 1551 Paolo Manuzio moved a press to Rome under the auspices of the papacy. At Rome, that Aldine press was essentially an extension of the papacy, which capitalized on its fame to disseminate — with great cachet — Vatican-approved texts in the publication war that was such an integral part of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations.
The work is printed in roman with side- and shouldernotes in italic. The title-page has a large woodcut architectural and armorial device that incorporates a small Aldine anchor and Paolo Manutius's initials.
Provenance: 19th-century bookplate of the Islington Protestant Institute; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Renouard, Alde, p. 200, #5; Adams C1056; Mortimer, Italian, 504; EDIT16 CNCE 12057; Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press Books, 457; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 772. 18th-century vellum over pasteboards; top and bottom of spine defective with torn vellum and loss of part of spine label. Front hinge (inside) partially open and front board starting to detach from text block; foxing variously and some leaves browned. All edges speckled blue. (Inventory #: 38111)