Rome, Typographia Linguarum Externarum (= Medici Press) 1600.
Folio (380 x 255 mm.). [vii], 294, p. Text and music in red and black, ONE FULL-PAGE AND SIXTY-NINE HALF-PAGE ENGRAVINGS INCLUDING TWO IN BISTRE, title in red and black in an engraved architectural frame (Fr. Villamena).
Contemporary gilt reddish calf, GILT ARMS OF BISHOP JAKOB CHRISTOPH BLARER VON WARTENSEE surrounded by foliage, acorns, leaves, vines and tulips, a large central lozenge on the rear panel (Zwischgold, partly oxidized; minor neat repairs), all edges gilt and gauffered, evidence of four leather ties.
The Ceremonial prescribes the actions and vestments of all participants during the liturgical rites performed by and in the presence of bishops. IT CODIFIED THE ROLE OF THE ORGAN IN WORSHIP TO 1965.
THIS IS THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THESE SEVENTY ENGRAVINGS, belonging to Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630) and Leonardo Parasole (fl. 1585-1611). In this copy a misprinted image (p. 233) is corrected with a paste-over.
Elected Bishop of Basle in 1575, Blarer von Wartensee (1542-1608) was “one of the most important figures of the Swiss Counter-Reformation” (NDB 2: 289, tr.). He founded and brought printing to the college at Porrentruy. I have located three copies in the U.S. In good condition (a few quires lightly browned, single worm trail on a dozen leaves touching a few sorts), ?17th-century title presentation to the Basel chapter canons, title stamp and 18th-century inscription of the Capuchins at Dornach; a handful of contemporary manuscript corrections.
¶Witcombe, Copyright in the Renaissance 211-12 (the privilege identifies Tempesta as the artist); EDIT16 CNCE 11269.