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Johns Hopkins University Library - Women of the Book



The Women of the Book collection is the world's most extensive gathering of primary research items dedicated to the spiritual lives of European and South American women: nuns, beatae, and female mystics and saints, produced between ca. 1450-1800. The materials are physically held at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University and many of them have been made available here with the support of the Arcadia Fund. 
See the illustrated portfolio document, this article in Johns Hopkins Magazine, and this short documentary video for more information on the collection, on which the Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance is currently offering a visiting research fellowship.


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4to. pp. (32), (415), (1), plus engraved portrait signed “P. V. F.”. With large woodcut arms. Bound in contemporary limp vellum with ties preserved; recased with original endpapers (early 16th C illustrated wastepaper) laid down or backed with tissue. Extremely rare first edition of the first life of Mariana de Jesus (1565-1624), whose cultus adopted her as a ‘patron saint’ of Madrid long before her beatification in 1738 (she remains uncanonized). She lived a religious secular life,...
Large 8vo. pp. (285), with a further (24) pages of accounts appended, and with a few additional blanks. Bound in contemporary marbled paper wrapper. Ink on paper. This substantial autograph manuscript records a pilgrimage made from Rome in April and May 1771 to visit the shrine of the Holy House of Loreto by a group of 26 Roman Catholic lay brothers, members of the Archconfraternity of St. Mary of the Oration and Death. These brothers were mainly occupied with charitable work through the...
4to. 3 vols. in pp. (28), clxxviii, 236, (1), 104; pp. (8), 552, 40; pp. (6), 287, 24, (83). Unique volume of 17th-century spiritual exercises by a cloistered nun and mystical author who advised King Philip IV of Spain. Includes 75 plates hand-colored engraved plates by a contemporary hand, and highlighted throughout in gold, also bound in sumptuous contemporary gold-brocaded endpapers (vine and flower pattern with birds, by Christoph Ledergerber in Augsburg, printed in gold on a red ground)....
Topics: Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Meditations -- Early works to 1800, María de Jesús, de Agreda,...
12mo. pp. (24) including added engraved title page, 534, (18). Contains faded and canceled ownership inscription (Maria ...). Contemporary sheep with 2 clasps. Sole edition of this German translation, following the French original of 1634. The work features two separate dedications to both St Bridget herself and the nuns of her order. With a fine engraved title-page of Bridget shaking hands with Christ Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Bridget, of Sweden, Saint, approximately 1303-1373 -- Early works to 1800, Bridgettines -- Early...
4 volumes in folio. (10 ll.), 718 pp. [702 wrongly numbered 904]; (19 ll.), 463 pp.; (9 ll.), 447 pp.; (14 ll.), 819 pp. Uniformly bound in contemporary cat’s-paw mottled sheep. Free endleaves removed from volume I. Spines with raised bands in six compartments, crimson morocco lettering pieces, gilt bands and ornaments. Woodcut title pages: architectural frame with 7 figures of São Domingo (or Dominicans?). Woodcut and typographical headpieces. Woodcut factotum initials. Second edition of...
4to. pp. (8), 334, (2), plus engraved frontispiece. Contemporary gilt-stamped calf. Sole edition of this early Swiss-German biography, never translated into French. Anne de Xainctonge founded the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin, the first non-cloistered women's religious community. “The company was founded with "our Lady as general, St. Ursula as lieutenant", and the Rule of St. Ignatius as the basis of perfection. For fifteen years Anne was a living...
Topics: Xainctonge, Anne de, 1567-1621 -- Biography -- Early works to 1800, Ursulines -- Early works to 1800
8vo. Additional engraved title (first leaf of first quire), (14), 587 [recto 588], (10). pp. 3 unsigned full-page and 2 small engravings in text, contemporary parchment over thin pasteboards. French and Latin manuscript notes in an 18th-century hand; engraved title with partly illegible early Latin manuscript note stating that the book was entered in the catalogue [of ?]; early ownership inscription on letterpress title of a Benedictine (name illegible) from the Congregation of St. Maur. Rare...
Topics: Bridget, of Sweden, Saint, approximately 1303-1373, Bridget, of Sweden, Saint, approximately...
Folio. pp. (44); (12), 228; (12), 229-1154, (2), including two engraved title pages (second signed Petrus Rucholle, depicting scenes from Ursula’s life). Bound in 18th century blindstamped German pigskin with remains of clasps. Ex-libris inscriptions of the Jesuit College in Augsburg dated 1669 and stamp of St. Joseph’s Seminary (NY) on title page. Rare sole edition of this imposing monument to the Ursuline order: a more than 1000-page exposition of the Legend of St. Ursula and the 11,000...
Topics: Ursula, Saint -- Early works to 1800, Ursula, Saint
Third of 5 vols, in 8vo. pp. (10), 592, (30), including 10 full-page engraved plates. Bound in contemporary gilt-stamped vellum, all edges gilt. Early inscription of the Discalced Augustinian Convento of San Nicola Tolentino in Rome on title page; small red stamps on rear endpaper of St. Hyacinth Seminary, Granby, Massachusetts. Cruz’s work adapts the teachings of St Paul the Apostle and Thomas Aquinas’ accompanying commentary to the tenets of Teresa of Avila’s famously personal religion,...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274 --...
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by [Dauxon, Claire A. (Claire Angelique)]
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Manuscript, one volume (21.5 cms. x 16 cms.), 279 pages of writing (pp. 1-2 (4) 3-70, 72-94, (1 blank), 95-277) + a 13-line note tipped onto front pastedown in a different hand. With a four-page addition in another (third) hand. One short note slipped in at p. 240, in this hand as well. Bound in contemporary dark brown calf, spine gilt. The text and addition are written in fair hands, without significant crossings out. The paper for the tipped-in note had a strip torn away, removing text from...
4to. pp. (8), ff. 16, pp. 17-24, ff. 25-32, pp. (8), ff. 105, pp. (2). Including woodcut vignette on title-page, full-page woodcut of Blessed Joana de la Cruz on verso of e4, and numerous large woodcut initials in text. Bound in contemporary vellum with hinges repaired. Early ownership inscriptions of the ‘Hospicio de Tierra Santa del Convento de N. P. S. Francisco de la Ciudad de Valencia de la Virgen de Jesus’ on flyleaf, with the intriguing comment “Para dar Luz immortal” on verso....
Folio: ff. 7, pp. IX, 111, 4 large folding engraved plates. Sole edition. Bound in contemporary vellum. “Guiseppe Vi Vire Vic”, some sketches in ink on endpaper. Present work documents the last Sicilian auto-da-fé, "celebrated" on April 6th, 1724, in which 26 people were punished for several crimes and which ended with the burning of two heretics. The engravings by Francesco Cichè take on the style of a royal fete book, but to horrifying effect, beginning with two nighttime...
Topics: Inquisition -- Italy -- Palermo, Inquisition, Italy -- Palermo
8vo. pp. (13), 194. Large printer’s emblem of a Sacred Heart on title-page, with a full-page woodcut of Teresa of Avila presenting her book to Christ on verso of title-page (captioned in Dutch). [Bound with Jerónimo Gracian’s Conceptos del Divino Amor […], published in the same year by the same printer. 8vo. pp. (16), 248, with large printer’s emblem of a Sacred Heart on title-page, and a full-page woodcut of Teresa of Avila presenting her book to Christ on verso of a8 (as above).]...
Topic: Bible. Song of Solomon -- Commentaries -- Early works to 1800
8vo. pp. 30. Contemporary cartonnato. Sole edition, unrecorded. The Jesuit Andrea Michelini arrived in Forli in 1762 where he began to promote the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Under his guidance, in 1786 the Poor Clares of Santa Maria Maddalena decided to 're-dedicate' their convent to the 'Lord's Body', in recognition of their newfound interest in the Eucharist and the Sacred Heart. Interestingly, the present work predates Pius VI’s general decree approving this type of devotion...
Topics: Franciscans -- Prayers and devotions -- Early works to 1800, Poor Clares -- Early works to 1800,...
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by [Panel, Alexandre X. (Alexandre Xavier)]
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4to. pp. (4), xix, 1-2, 2-80. Bound in contemporary or early marbled calf with labels of red morocco gilt to spine (one label with title, the other, possibly with ownership-identifier (monogram or heraldic device) defaced). Woodcut decoration and initials. A crossed-out signature on title page. Possibly first edition (CCPB uniquely has a record for a 1752 edition (Madrid Real Academia de Historia) which may be the result of a cataloguer misreading MDCCLVII for MDCCLII). The book is a...
Topics: Monasticism and religious orders -- Sermons -- Early works to 1800, Monasticism and religious...
2 works in 1 vol., 4to., pp. (20) 264 (8); pp. (16) 267 (1). First flyleaf removed. Bound in contemporary vellum boards. Penciled shelf mark to front pastedown. First editions, two works containing sources of Dutch medieval history, both edited by the important scholar Antonius III Matthaeus (1635-1710). The first work is bound with Johannes a Leydis, Theodoricus a Leydis, Antonius III Matthaeus (ed.). 'Chronicon Egmundanum seu annales regalium abbatum Egmundensium auctore Fr. Johanne de Leydis...
Topics: Rare and special books -- Printing to 1800's, Brabant (Belgium) -- History -- To 1800, Belgium --...
4to. pp. (16), 123, (3). With engraved portrait of Rita on title page. 18th C patterned boards with vellum spine. First edition of the first biography of Rita da Cascia, the patron saint of impossible causes, abused wives, and heartbroken women. The victim of an abusive husband, Rita managed not only to convert her vicious spouse into an observant Catholic, but also to quell the blood feud which had been plaguing his family. Composed long before her beatification, the title-page nevertheless...
Topics: Rita, of Cascia, Saint, 1381?-1457 -- Early works to 1800, Rita, of Cascia, Saint, 1381?-1457,...
4to. pp. (16) including engraved frontispiece, XLVI, (6), 513, (1), plus engraved portrait. Bound in contemporary vellum. “L. M. de C. D.” on frontispiece. First edition of Pecci's translation. In order to render his translation more valuable, Pecci added several letters (in the preface) of Catherine's early disciples Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topic: Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380
8vo. pp. (16), 17-245, (11), including engraved frontispiece of a priest and his wife. "M Ll. J Xr., P. Buek. Spiegel erster Pfarrfrauen E. ... Karakterbildte als Seitenstuck ... in Beispielen .... (30 1/2 B.) ... 1842". Contemporary vellum. Second edition (first, 1699). A remarkable conduct-book for the wives of Lutheran priests, including instruction on dress, sexual moderation, keeping silent, and so on. This copy is bound with another conduct book by the same author with...
Topics: Spouses of clergy -- Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800, Lutheran Church -- Clergy -- Early...
8vo. pp. (24), 670 (recto 680), (24). Bound in contemporary calf, spine gold-tooled and -lettered in compartments. Small woodcut on p. 177, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials. Early MS interlinear correction on p. 243. Contemporary inscription on front free endpaper: “ce livre apartien aux carmelites de montauban.” First edition in French of the mystical visions of a Castilian Carmelite, with the commentary of Juan de Palafox y Mendoza (1600-1659), Bishop of Osma (previously...
Folio. pp. (2), 28; pp. 216; pp. 6, (1 terminal blank). With pasted correction slip on title page and seal and manuscript signatures of the 'Sub-Promoters' on final page. Untraced, and a fascinating copy for official internal use, personally signed by the 'Sub-Promoters' of Marianna's beatification. A nun of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy and the Redemption of Captives, the process for Marianna's beatification began in the year of her death. These processes sometimes took centuries; as the...
8vo. pp. (32), 399 plus engraved portrait signed Matthieu Ognier. Ownership inscriptions of Charles Bailly on title page; scattered underlining in an early hand throughout text. Bound in 19th century blind-stamped calf with gilt title label on spine, signed ‘C. Gonin’. Very rare first edition of the earliest biography of Jeanne-Marie Chézard de Matel (1596-1670), whose inability to find a religious order which fit her spiritual needs led her to create her own Order of the Incarnate Word in...
Topics: Chézard de Matel, Jeanne, 1596-1670, Chézard de Matel, Jeanne, 1596-1670, Sisters of the...
4to. ff. (14), 62. Bound in contemporary limp parchment, silk loop closures braided in colored thread and red glass bead catches (one loop broken, both beads present), remnants of a Dutch gilt embossed paper cover pasted under a later plain endleaf inside both boards, pattern No. 61 by Munck. Title page printed within a border of typographical ornaments. Engraved arms of dedicatee, Juan Cavallero y Ocio, printed on the second leaf. First edition of the life of Antonia de San Jacinto (d....
Topics: Antonia de San Jacinto, madre, 1641-1683, Antonia de San Jacinto, madre, 1641-1683
Ca. 100 x 75 mm. ff. 78 (penultimate blank leaf canceled, final leaf pasted-down). Bound in contemporary blind-stamped polished brown leather over wooden boards, sewn on two bands. Intact alum tawed medieval bookmark consisting of 4 woven strands sewn together at the top. Vestiges of a strap-and-pin fastening, with the strap missing. Each page has 3 lines of text and music in Hufnagel notation on four-line stave. The colophon reveals that the present pocket processional for major feasts was...
4to. pp. (20), 480. Contemporary calf. “Au Recollectinnes de Herve(?)”; later stamps of Franciscan convent in Brussels. First edition of this new translation of Gertrude’s Suggestions of Divine Piety, to which the Maurist Benedictine translator, Mège, has added his own digest of Gertrude’s life. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Gertrude, the Great, Saint, 1256-1302, Gertrude, the Great, Saint, 1256-1302, Benedictine nuns --...
12mo. pp. 22, [1 integral blank]. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum finished in handcolor, depicting floral arrangements and a Cor Jesu on both covers with the motto ‘Das [H]ertze mein, Soll dir allein, Ergeben Seyn / Sjn Get[reu?] und Spilet, In Euren, Hertzen’ [My heart is given to you alone / Be true and rejoice in your hearts]. Unrecorded printing by a female provincial printer (Widow of Johann Heinrich Stock) in a fine ‘Bauern-Einband’ created for a female reader. Inscription on the...
Topic: Lutheran Church -- Prayers and devotions -- Early works to 1800
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by Götz, Gottfried B. (Gottfried Bernhard) (engr.) ; Klauber, Joseph S. (Joseph Sebastian) (engr.) ; Klauber, Johann B. (Johann Baptist) (engr.) ; [Klauber, Catherine (engr.)?)
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Engraved broadside, 31 x 18.2 cm. Unrecorded pilgrim’s souvenir broadside depicting the Holy Blood of Weingarten, an important South German relic. Framing the relic is a grapevine supporting 6 smaller vignettes which tell the story, with explanatory legends, of the arrival of the relic at the monastery. Inscribed, lower right: “[Gottfried Berhard] Göz et Klauber Cath[olici] sculp[sit] Aug[usta] Vind[elicorum]” (“Gottfried Berhard Göz et [the] Catholic Klauber [family] engraved this,...
Topics: Jesus Christ -- Relics -- Early works to 1800, Relics -- Germany -- Early works to 1800,...
8vo. pp. (2), 58, 58 (bis)-247, (8). Bound in contemporary limp vellum, remains of fastenings (binding separating from text block at top joint). Contemporary or early inscriptions to 3rd f.e.p. verso, both in same hand: “De la R.a M.e Sor Juana Teresa de Jesus” and “De la libreria de S.ta Ysabel de los Ang.s.” Later paper place-markers. Manuscript copy of a tract by the important mystic and writer Sor Maria de Jesus, Abbess of Ágreda (1602-1665, born Maria Coronel y Arana), known for...
4 volumes in 4to. Bound in original vellum. Titles printed in red and black. Each volume with a copper engraved frontispiece and a woodcut device on the title page. Hand lettered spines and leather fore-edge ties. "Soi de Uso de la Hermana Maria Francisca Ana de la S[erení]s[i]ma Trinidad Indigna [canceled word]." The famous letters of Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). A mixed set, uniformly bound. Volumes 1 & 2 were printed in 1752, volumes 3 & 4 in 1771. This edition has notes...
Topics: Teresa de Jesús, Santa, 1515-1582 -- Correspondencia, Misticismo cristiano -- España,...
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by [Klauber, Joseph S. (Joseph Sebastian)] (engr.) ; [Klauber, Johann B. (Johann Baptist)] (engr.)
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8vo. 57 plates (1 frontispiece, 56 numbered engraved emblematic plates) by the Klauber brothers from designs by G. B. Göz. Bound in 18th-century green morocco with gilt border and gilt coronet on upper cover, with clasps. An attractive volume of the full suite of 56 engravings, with the frontispiece, of the second Latin edition of the Litaniae Lauretanae ad Beatae Virginis, by the brothers Joseph Sebastian Klauber (1710–68) and Johann Baptist Klauber (1712–87) of Augsburg. These plates...
4to. (leaf: 195 x 135 mm) pp. (8), 188, (4). Contemporary limp vellum, woodcut device on title, woodcut initials, cursive type. Several manuscript annotations on first flyleaf. Ownership entries at the bottom of the title page: (1) contemporary manuscript ex libris of Michele Giustiniani, almost certainly a relative of the woman whose medical treatment is debated in the present book, (2) 17th century manuscript inscription showing that the book was gifted to Carlo Mignanelli from Siena (3)...
4to. pp. (8), (121), (6). Contemporary vellum. Sole edition. One of the earliest biographies of the medieval Dominican nun, famed for her miracleworking during her lifetime. Against all conventions, she was allowed to enter a convent at the tender age of 9, and became Bursar at the age of 14. She is linked to the other great Dominican female saint Catherine of Siena by her earliest biographer, Raimondo da Capua, who was Catherine's spiritual confessor. Although Agnes remained uncanonized until...
Topics: Agnes, of Montepulciano, Saint, approximately 1268-1317 -- Early works to 1800, Dominican sisters...
8vo. 2 parts in 1 vol. pp. (36), 406, (2); pp. 333, (7), including engraved vignette on title, 1 full-page engraving on verso of title of Part II, and two full-page woodcuts. Contemporary calf. Ex-libris of a Strasbourg library. Sole edition. A curious work, probably not intended for nuns themselves thanks to its Latin. The subject is all manners of perfection to be striven for by Discalced Carmelites, with reference to the precepts of St. Teresa of Avila. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins...
Topics: Discalced Carmelites -- Early works to 1800, Discalced Carmelite Nuns -- Early works to 1800,...
8vo. ff. (8), 175, (1). 19th-century half calf, ex libris d'Arthur Brölemann. The original text dates from somewhere in the 1470s. Four printed editions in Paris (Simon Vostre [no date]; Regnault Chaudière, 1519; Symon de Colines, 1537; and Vincent Sortenas, 1538), all of which are exceedingly rare, show that the work was very popular in the sixteenth century. The present edition is a reissue of the one from 1519 (see colophon; two other recorded copies, BNF and Plantin Moretus Museum). The...
Topics: God (Christianity) -- Love -- Early works to 1800, Soul -- Christianity -- Early works to 1800
8vo. pp. 535, (25), plus 3 engraved portraits. Contemporary calf. First edition of this new life of St. Begga, the subject of popular veneration in her native Brabant. A different text appeared in Flemish in 1631, according to the STCV. The present copy contains all three engravings, illustrating not only St. Begga, but some of her early female followers: Joanna Dedemaecker and St. Anna van Schrieck Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Begga, Saint, 613-693, Monasticism and religious orders -- Belgium -- Early works to 1800,...
4to. pp. (28), 300, (16), plus engraved portrait; (2), 404, (24). Contemporary calf. Dutch nun's inscription dated 1704; later French inscription of a 'Madame Marie Dams'. First edition of the first two parts of this biography and letters of an important Flemish mystic. “Together with a fellow nun [Petyt] moved to a cell in Mechelen, which soon became the centre of a group of like-minded women. Around 1662 she began her voluminous autobiography, modeled on the Autobiography of Saint Teresa of...
Topics: Petyt, Maria, 1623-1677 -- Early works to 1800, Carmelites -- Early works to 1800, Carmelites,...
Large 4to. pp. (10), 615, (1), plus engraved portrait. Contemporary vellum. “Di frat. Giuseppe Maria ?????”. First edition of the first Italian biography of Rose of Lima. The engraved portrait frontispiece (sometimes lacking) depicts her holding a Christ child, symbolizing her spiritual marriage Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1586-1617 -- Early works to 1800, Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1586-1617, Dominicans...
8vo. pp. (16) including engraved title, 175, (3), including 12 engraved plates. 19th C boards. Stamps of a Redemptorist congregation. Sole edition, unrecorded. A charming pocket guide to the ‘science of prayer’, derived from the life and works of Teresa of Avila. Topics covered include correct methods for both spoken and silent prayer; how to deal with ‘distractions’ during prayer; and even a guide to the practice of ‘ejaculatory prayer’ (involving strong yelps). A section at the...
Topics: Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582 -- Early works to 1800, Teresa, of Avila, Saint, 1515-1582,...
8vo. pp. viii, 160. Bound in 19th century stiff vellum. Wholly unrecorded early printing of the rules and regulations of a novel religious order of uncloistered, unhabited women dedicated solely to teaching and nursing the poor. The maison at Rive-de-Gier was founded by Antoinette Bahuet in 1700 and was granted approval in 1710. Despite the secular lifestyle of the nuns of the Holy Doctrine, the statutes here paint a picture of a highly organized, hierarchical community delicately balancing the...
Topics: Nuns -- France -- Conduct of life -- Early works to 1800, Catholic women -- France -- Early works...
4 volumes in folio. (10 ll.), 718 pp. [702 wrongly numbered 904]; (19 ll.), 463 pp.; (9 ll.), 447 pp.; (14 ll.), 819 pp. Uniformly bound in contemporary cat’s-paw mottled sheep. Free endleaves removed from volume I. Spines with raised bands in six compartments, crimson morocco lettering pieces, gilt bands and ornaments. Woodcut title pages: architectural frame with 7 figures of São Domingo (or Dominicans?). Woodcut and typographical headpieces. Woodcut factotum initials. Second edition of...
4to. pp. 11. Disbound. Unrecorded second edition published in Coimbra (first, Lisbon, 1754). Maria Joanna was professed as a nun at the age of 20; she was known for her piety including performing the Spiritual Exercises of Loyola, as noted here. This brief notice of her life and death was followed in 1762 by a full biography by José Caetano. However, no beatification process seems to have resulted Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Do Louriçal, Maria Joana, 1712-1754, Franciscans -- Biography -- Early works to 1800, Franciscan...
4to. pp. (14), 202, (3), (1 terminal blank), plus full-page engraved portrait, and with engraved papal arms on title page, etc. “Margherita Caterina del ????, 1777”; “Di Gio. Antonio Tomei, 1784”. First edition. Probably the only contemporary printed source recorded on the life of Bianca Teresa Bonvisi (1654-1714), an Italian noblewoman drawn to religion following the deaths of her children. In the engraving Bonvisi is depicted in a plain, nun-like habit simply holding a large crucifix,...
Topics: Buonvisi, Bianca Teresa Massei, 1657-1714, Buonvisi, Bianca Teresa Massei, 1657-1714 --...
Folio. pp. (44), 689, (47), including engraved title page signed by Jean de Courbes (1592-1641), a French engraver active in Spain. Extra-illustrated with a contemporary full-page portrait of Isabel “Elizabetha” de Santo Domingo signed by Johannes Berwinckel bound in after title page. Bound in contemporary yapp-edged vellum with calligraphed title on spine. Very rare sole edition of this large-format biography of one of the most trusted lieutenants of Teresa of Avila. The cult that seems to...
Topics: Isabel de Santo Domingo, madre, 1531-, Discalced Carmelite Nuns -- Biography -- Early works to...
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340x240mm, ff. (20). Two examples (Sor Manuela de San Gabriel and Sor Baltasara de San Antonio) executed in oils on paper; one (Sor Maria Josepha ab Assuntione) executed on velum. Collection of twenty Professiones of a high artistic quality, being richly decorated manuscript testaments to the entry of individual nuns into a convent – in this case the Bernardines of Vallecas in Madrid. Wealthy, well-established institutions like the Vallecas saw a flourishing of ‘convent culture’ in the...
8vo. pp. (16), 560. Bound in contemporary limp vellum, remains of ties to lower board, title inked to lower edge and spine; small area of loss at head of spine. Full-page woodcut of the Annunciation (p. 405), 14 small woodcuts of scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary. Title in red and black with printer’s device, initials, head- and tail-pieces. Inscription to half title ‘ex libris Gregorii de Gregoriis’. Scarce second edition of this spiritual guide for nuns, novices, and...
Topic: Spiritual life -- Modern period, 1500-
8vo. pp. XXII, (2), 195 including engraved frontispiece. Contemporary cartonnato. First edition. Teresa Margarita Redi was able to serve only 4 years as a professed nun of the Order before her death; yet during this time she was revered for her ability to work with especially the handicapped and mentally ill nuns of the convent. Her eventually fatal illness so disfigured her body that it was not exhibited for public viewing; yet a few days after her death no trace of the illness remained and...
Topics: Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, Saint, 1747-1770, Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, Saint,...
Bound in contemporary vellum, lacking ties. Marcas de fuego of the Franciscan Convento de San Gabriel de Tacuba de México on upper and lower edges of the textblock. With an 18th-century inscription from the same monastery on front endpaper. First edition of a life of Mother Jerónima de la Asunción (Jerónima de la Fuente) (1555-1630), who founded the first Catholic monastery, Real Monasterio de Santa Clara, in Manila in 1621. Sor Jerónima left Spain in 1620 with several companion sisters of...
Topics: Jerónima de la Asunción, madre, 1555-1630, Jerónima de la Asunción, madre, 1555-1630, Poor...
Folio. Letterpress title page and 40 numbered engraved plates, unsigned. Bound in contemporary or early 18th C quarter calf over boards. Extremely rare suite of plates issued to celebrate the canonization of Rose of Lima, a subject of popular interest in the Low Countries due to her ties to the Dominican Order. By far the most ambitious contemporary iconographic treatment of the Latin American saint, Wouters’ publication neatly ties the powerful devotional imagery celebrated in the Low...
Topics: Rose, of Lima, Saint, 1587-1617, Saints -- Cult -- Peru, Saints -- Miracles, Saints -- Cult, Peru,...
8vo. pp. (10), 200, (2). Bound in contemporary vellum, title inked to spine; small fault in vellum at head of lower cover. Woodcut vignette to title, initials and head-pieces; small loss to blank corner of L3, marginal marks to M3. Contemporary ink note to title, armorial bookplate of ‘A. le mareschal Beauvais’ to front pastedown. Rare first edition of this biography of the Visitandine nun Françoise Marguerite Patin, written by a sister of the convent of Notre-Dame de Charité at Caen, in...
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4to. pp. (6), 140. Bound in striking pink gilt-brocade stiff wrappers, probably Mexican and perhaps even Oaxacan in origin. Inscription on lower margin of title page: “Este exemplar me remitiò el R[everend]o P. F. P[edr]o Ribas, de la Ciud[a]d de Oax[a]ca p[ar] el correo oxo[??] Mex[i]co y May 17 del 1774” signed by a certain Foxia [?]. Very rare first, ‘unexpurgated,’ edition of this tract addressed to Mexican nuns, advocating a cloistered lifestyle and railing against the abuses of...
8vo. pp. (12), 468. 18th C pasteboards. First edition. One of the earliest followers of Jeanne Frémiot de Chantal, Marie Aymée also served as the third Mother Superior of the founding convent at Annecy Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Blonay, Marie Aimée de, 1590-1650, Visitation Nuns -- Early works to 1800, Monastic and religious...
4to. pp. (8), 184, (16), including engraved plate signed Antonio Tempesta and half-page woodcut of Caecilia’s new sacrophagus on p. 168. Bound in contemporary limp vellum, bookplates of Nordkirchen and I. G. Schorsch. Rare sole edition of this early, newsworthy hagiography of St. Cecilia the virgin martyr, published amidst the huge excitement following the discovery of her uncorrupted body in the catacombs beneath her eponymous church in Trastevere in 1599. The plate by Antonio Tempesta shows...
Oblong folio [36.5 x 33.5 cm]. Title and 11 plates printed on thick, unwatermarked paper, each featuring three distinct scenes in the saint’s life. Bound in contemporary blue cardboard naïvely decorated on front cover, with attribution to ‘Franciscus Veynnius’. Very rare suite of plates illustrating the life and miracles of St. Catherine of Siena, engraved by the Flemish master Pieter de Jode I after the murals of Francesco Vanni completed on the walls of the Chapel of Saint Catherine in...
Topic: Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380 -- Early works to 1800
Source: folio
8vo. 3 printed works + 1 MS in 1 vol. pp. 63 (1); pp. 104; 94 (2); pp. 61 (3). Woodcut vignettes to title-pages and woodcut borders to all pages. First work with woodcut portrait to verso of title page of St. Jeanne de Valois and, to last page, of St. Francis receiving the Stigmata. Inscription to title page, in same hand as writer of manuscript at back, “Desen Regel is tot gebruÿck van Suster Marie van Auwermeulen soo lanck alst haer oversten belieft” (“Sister Marie van Auwermeulen can...
4to. pp. (10), 258, (2), extra-illustrated with 34 engraved plates. 18th C half-calf, rebacked. Flemish captions to plates occasionally trimmed. “De la librarie des Carmelites de Pontrose (?)”. First edition of this French translation of the work above. Puccini’s biography first appeared in 1609, shortly after Pazzi’s death; it was translated here into French in honor of her canonization in 1669. The present copy is certainly interesting: it was interleaved with 34 tri-lingual plates...
Topics: De' Pazzi, Maria Maddalena, Saint, 1566-1607 -- Early works to 1800, De' Pazzi, Maria Maddalena,...
8vo. pp. 62, (2), plus engraved frontispiece. Contemporary patterned wrappers. “Melanie Charlotte Vandoornick” etc. First edition. A rare biography of this local saint who rejected marriage and became a hermit at the age of 23. She is here invoked against a wide range of medical complaints including pleurisy, the plague, “and all diseases of cattle”. The present copy contains a loose advertisement notifying the reader that the festivities in honor of St. Wivina will be celebrated not at...
Topics: Christian saints -- Early works to 1800, Benedictine nuns -- Biography -- Early works to 1800,...
Johns Hopkins University Library - Women of the Book
by [Filles de Sainte Geneviève]; Bonnart, Henri (engr.) ; Langlois, Nicolas (engr.)
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12mo. pp. (116), 271, (1). Bound in contemporary black morocco, gilt fillet border to covers, spine in compartments direct lettered in one, gilt edges, marbled endpapers. 6 engraved plates (4th plate pasted to blank p. 110, 6th plate pasted to blank p. 222), woodcut to title. Inscriptions to front flyleaves ‘Sr Cardin,’ ‘Hure prêtre,’ ‘S. & F. Ex dono dni Annae Antonii Hure,’ inscription at head of title ‘Domus probationis Parisiensis Soc. Jesu,’ pencil notes to front free...
8vo. pp. 264 including engraved frontispiece; pp. 328. Contemporary vellum. Third edition (first, 1760-61). St Alfonso Liguori’s important text codified the anti-Enlightenment ideal of the Christian woman, both cloistered and secular Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
Topics: Catholic women -- Religious life -- Italy -- Early works to 1800, Catholic women -- Conduct of life...
4to. pp. (32), 187, (3). Contemporary vellum. Second edition (first, 1699). “In 441 Eudocia fell into disgrace through an unjust suspicion of infidelity with Paulinos, the "Master of the Offices". Paulinos was murdered and Eudocia banished. In 442 she went back to Jerusalem and lived there till her death. She became for a time an ardent Monophysite. In 453 St. Leo I of Rome wrote to convert her. She then returned to the Catholic Faith... Byzantine history offers few so strange or...
Topics: Eudocia, Empress, consort of Theodosius II, Emperor of the East, -460 -- Early works to 1800,...
4to. pp. xlviii, 716. Woodcut ornaments, head- and tailpieces throughout. Near-contemporary (1788) ownership inscription of Carlo Guzzardi to title; rebound in modern vellum, with silver-lettered black morocco labels on spine. Only edition, very rare, of this guide to the duties and life of the cloistered nun, by the Sicilian priest Arcangiolo (or Arcangelo) Tommaso Blandini (d. 1788). Divided into 29 istruzioni, the work explains the importance of spiritual reading, the necessity of prayer,...
4to in 8s [25.7 x 19.4 cm], pp. 16, with half-page engraving of Sacred Heart and woodcut initial. 4 identical copies bound uniformly in original sprinkled wrappers. Unrecorded first and only edition of this 18th-century enrollment booklet for the Archiconfraternità del Santissimo Cuore di Gesù at the Roman church of S. Teodoro al Palatino, here in 4 copies, internally left blank as issued, making the collection a rare survival of “new old stock” printing from the hand-press era. The 4...
12mo. pp. 392, (10), (1 terminal blank). Bound in contemporary vellum with remains of ties. Numerous erroneous paginations but collated and complete. Unrecorded statutes for a community of nuns dedicated to the care of the sick in early modern France. Originally set up to attend to Jerusalem-bound pilgrims, the early 17th century saw the heyday of Hospitaller activity in France (unlike encloistered convents, their ‘hospitals’ are usually referred to as Maisons-Dieu or Hôtels-Dieu). The...
Topics: Convents -- France -- Early works to 1800, Nuns -- France -- Early works to 1800, Monastic and...
12mo. pp. (36), 152, (3). Contemporary calf. The present copy is the second book in a Sammelband. “G. J. Tacheron”. Sole edition of this important French translation of 'A Lady's Religion: in a Letter to the Honourable My Lady Howard'. Pierre Coste, friend and translator of John Locke, was resident in England at the time; it was his preface to the present work which raised the hackles of Mary Astell. This book is bound with 3 other French works for young people (L'Education des filles....
Topics: Women and religion -- Early works to 1800, Women -- Religious aspects -- Christianity, Women and...
8vo. pp. 154, (4), (1 blank). Woodcut of the Annunciation on title page. Contemporary vellum, recased. First (?) edition, unrecorded. Very little seems to be known about the early years of this order, known as the Blue Nuns, following their founding in Genoa in 1604. The earliest edition of the rules of the order recorded in the Italian Union Catalog dates from 1686 and are entitled 'Costumi o Siano Buoni Usi delle Monache dell’ Ordine della Santissima Annociata Celeste'. The present copy is...
4 volumes in 4to. Bound in original vellum. Titles printed in red and black. Each volume with a copper engraved frontispiece and a woodcut device on the title page. Hand lettered spines and leather fore-edge ties. "Soi de Uso de la Hermana Maria Francisca Ana de la S[erení]s[i]ma Trinidad Indigna [canceled word]." The famous letters of Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). A mixed set, uniformly bound. Volumes 1 & 2 were printed in 1752, volumes 3 & 4 in 1771. This edition has notes...
Topic: CARTAS ESPAÑOLAS
12mo. pp. (12), (6), 7-274, (2), including added engraved title page and 9 further integral (unsigned) engraved plates. Bound in contemporary vellum. Scrawled ownership inscriptions (eg. “This Book my name shall ever Have when I am dead and in my Grave the Greedy worms my flesh shall eat hear you may read my name compleat”) on front and rear endpapers of various women or girls: "Mary, Eliza, Louisa, and Char[lotte]"; as well as “Sarah Durston her Book Born April 30, 1764”;...
Topics: Suffering -- Religious aspects -- Christianity, Suffering -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
8vo. pp. 190 (of which 4 orig. blanks); pp. 56. Contemporary limp vellum with manuscript title on spine, flyleaves renewed, lower blank margin of last leaf at the end torn and restored (no loss). Woodcut image of St. Benedict on title page (68 x 53mm). Rare edition of this vernacular rule of St. Benedict as it applies to nuns, augmented by the relevant Decrees of the Council of Trent. Click here to view the Johns Hopkins University catalog record.
8vo. pp. (34), 275, (13), with the final blank leaf. Engraved title by Martin Baes depicting a kneeling St. Winifred in the midst of her devotions and a view of St. Winifred’s well. Late 19-century sprinkled calf by F. Bedford, gilt edges. Head- and tailpieces, engraved initials. Saint Winifred was a virgin martyr from Wales who lived in the 7th century and was beheaded by Caradoc, a local prince she had enraged by rejecting his advances. At the place where Winifred's head fell, a healing...
Topics: Winifred, Saint, Winifred, Saint, Christian saints -- Wales -- Biography, Christian saints, Wales
4to. pp. (2), XXII, 368. Contemporary boards, rebacked. First edition of this biography of St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine. Monica is considered to have been an ethnic Berber, born in modern-day Algeria. “Monica seems to have literally wrestled with God for the soul of her son... There is no more pathetic story in the annals of the Saints than that of Monica pursuing her wayward son to Rome, wither he had gone by stealth; when she arrived, he had already gone to Milan, but she followed...
Topics: Monica, Saint, -387 -- Early works to 1800, Augustine, of Hippo, Saint, 354-430, Monica, Saint,...
8vo. pp. 61, (3); 75, (5); 30, (2). Pages (1)-(3) following 61 p. section, pages (1)-(5) following 75 p. section and final page are blank. Bound in 20th c. green quarter morocco and marbled boards. Small defect to upper corner of title, costing two letters. A few later ink notes and some underscores in ink and pencil. Sole edition in three parts. "The second parte of the statutes" and "The third parte" each have separate pagination, register, and title page with imprint date...
Topics: Monastery of Our Blessed Lady the Perpetuall Virgin Mary (Brussels, Belgium) -- Rules, Convent of...
12mo. pp. (4), 189, (3). Bound in contemporary sheep, spine gilt in compartments with red morocco lettering-piece, edges sprinkled red. Book label of the ‘Abbaye de Pradines’ to front pastedown, occasional underlining in pencil. Scarce first edition of this biography of the Visitandine nun Suzanne de Riants de Villerey (1639–1724), with a handsome frontispiece portrait of her, dressed in her habit and holding a book. The anonymous biographer begins by charmingly describing Suzanne as a...
Topics: Riants de Villerey, Susanne-Marie de, Nuns -- France -- Lyon -- Biography -- Early works to 1800,...
4to. pp. (24), 320, (2). Contemporary vellum, gilt-stamped with a female saint holding a lily (Catherine of Siena?). First edition. A remarkable work by this early modern champion of the female sex. Marinelli’s Life of Catherine of Siena betrays its author’s agenda on the title page, by comparing Catherine’s ‘heroic feats’ to male heroes of medieval lore. “Marinella demonstrated extraordinary scholarship by the standards of her day, particularly with respect to the variety of...
Topics: Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380 -- Early works to 1800, Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380
200 x 165 mm. pp. 300, (4). First and only edition. 19th-century blue morocco by W. Pratt. With an engraved title page, 38 engraved portraits of important religious figures and saints, and a final plate depicting these personages worshipping God in Heaven. The engravings are done after the once famous paintings of the Benedictine Abbey of Liessies, of which most were destroyed during the French Revolution. Alongside the predictable images of Christ, the Virgin, John the Baptist, and the Church...
Topics: Catholics -- Biography -- Early works to 1800, Christian saints -- Biography -- Early works to...
4to. pp. 140. Contemporary limp vellum, ties present. First – and apparently only – edition, a rare work on the miracles worked through ‘panecitos.’ These small pieces of holy bread reflect a devotion for the Spanish nun Santa Teresa de Jesus begun by the Carmelite nuns of Puebla around 1640. The costume became a tradition and other Orders started imitating the nuns. The sisters would make small pieces of bread imprinted with the traditional arms of the Jesuits (the Holy Name of Jesus,...
8vo. pp. (40) including added engraved title page depicting Rosalia holding a lily and a skull surrounded by other patron saints against the plague, and at her feet dying men and women seeking her intercession, 222, (18). With 8 nearly full-page engravings in text by Frederick Bouttats after Philip Fruytiers as well as 9 half-page emblematic vignettes by Bouttats. Bound in contemporary vellum. Rare sole edition of this Jesuit life of St. Rosalia of Palermo (1130–1166), composed to celebrate...
Topics: Rosalia, Saint, -1160 -- Early works to 1800, Rosalia, Saint, -1160 -- Art, Rosalia, Saint, -1160...