1573 · Venetiis
Uncommon Venetian edition (and the first from this editor) of the collected works of Cardinal Hosius (1504–79), Prince-Bishop of Ermland (Warmia), an illustrious Polish statesman as well as a candidate for canonization. According to Peter Canisius (as quoted by the Catholic Encyclopedia) Hosius was "the most brilliant writer, the most eminent theologian and the best bishop of his times."
Hosius's Opera omnia was first published in 1562, and first printed in this version edited by Alemanio Fino in Venice in 1573 by Domenico Nicolini da Sabbio; it appeared in two variants in that year, one bearing Francesco de Francesci's imprint and the other — as seen here — Nicolini's own, with => a title-page vignette of a winged woman with laurel wreath and palm branch, giving his "Nisi qui legitime certaverit" motto. The Confutatio prolegomenon Brentii, De expresso Dei verbo, and Palinodiae sive recantationes Fabiani Quadrantini have separate title-pages, and the registrum at the back bears the same printer's vignette.
A search of WorldCat finds => no holdings of this edition reported by U.S. institutions.
Provenance: Title-page with early inked inscription reading "Carthusia Romanas" and with rubber-stamp of Carthusian monastery St. Hugh's, Parkminster.
Adams H1024; CNCE 22786. This ed. not in Brunet. 19th-century quarter tan sheep and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped black leather title-label; rubbed, leather with spots of staining and small insect holes, hinges (inside) cracked but holding strongly. Title-page with inscription and stamp as above, and with additional indecipherable (19th-century?) rubber-stamp; a scattering of shouldernotes and text corrections inked in an early hand. One leaf with upper outer corner torn away, with loss of a few letters; one leaf with small burn holes in outer margin, touching one shouldernote; most leaves clean, with intermittent, widely varying foxing, some leaves browned. => A sturdy, well-produced, and worthwhile volume NOT generally available. (Inventory #: 41278)