1781 · Matriti
This printing of the Pentecostal offices comes from the man chiefly responsible for the revitalization of fine Spanish printing in the 18th century. Joaquín Ibarra (1725–85), official printer for King Charles III and the Real Academia de la Lengua, vastly improved his production over the norm through better quality ink and paper that was smoothed and glazed. Here he uses red and black ink to craft a religious text that is subtly ornate yet easily read. The title-page has an engraved vignette; in text is a scattering of attractive initials; there is one neat tailpiece accomplished in red; and the last page contains a "Licencia y Tasa" listing the fees for the sale of the work.
Binding: 18th-century brown calf, delicate gilt foliate frame surrounding central floral design with same flowers at corners on covers; spine gilt with floral stamps in compartments and foliate tooling accenting raised bands. All edges gilt. => With brass clasps intact.
Provenance: Signature of "Fr. Fran[cis]co Morales" on verso of title-page and floral-embellished embossed stamp of former owner on first page of text. Bound as above, with moderate rubbing, boards firmly attached; no front free endpapers, text block slightly cocked. Gentle age-toning and occasional spotting; offsetting from binding at start and end with intermittent discolorations elsewhere. An appealing example from => a fine Spanish press. (Inventory #: 36046)