1666 · Venetia
Italian translation of this mystical text based on Jesus' life. Tomé de Jesus (1529–82), a Portuguese Augustinian credited with founding the Discalced Augustinians, wrote the original while captive in Morocco and that was translated into Spanish from the original Portuguese by Christoval Ferreira y Sampayo. Here F. Lodovico Flori (1579–1647), an Italian Jesuit, has translated Tomé's work from the Spanish edition into Italian. The title-page is neatly printed in red and black with the printer's device in both colors; the text offers a number of attractive initials and plenteous marginal notes.
Provenance: A note to a Mr. Ancilla written in an early hand has been tucked into the text.
Several editions of Flori's translation are listed on OCLC and in the NUC, but => none are held by American institutions.
DeBacker-Sommervogel, III, 807 (for three other editions but not this one). Stiff vellum, title inked on spine, all edges a faded speckled red; rubbed with a few spots, small amount of wormtracking to front pastedown and front fly-leaf lacking, evidence of onetime ties; one gathering bound out of order, text complete. Four leaves with old marginal repairs (two touching notes), a few more with uneven edges, a missing corner; a short tear, spots of ink or "other" (with gall of ink in earliest marginal instances taking small bits of underlying paper). Light to moderate age-toning. => A classic instance of "transmission of text" across generational, international, and "religious orderly" lines. (Inventory #: 36922)