Augsburg, C. Mang for J. Krüger 1613.
8vo. [ii], 147, p. Greek type, ONE-HUNDRED-THREE FINE NEARLY FULL-PAGE WOODCUTS, woodcut portrait of St. Ignatius, title woodcut of parents and children and below a cartouche containing the letterpress title.
CONTEMPORARY GILT RED MOROCCO WITH THE ARMS OF JACQUES-AUGUSTE DE THOU and his second wife Gasparde de La Chastre (Olivier-Hermal-Roton 216,8), spine gilt with their cipher in four compartments (O-H-R 216,9 variant) and the title in two, all edges gilt.
Canisius, Petrus, S.J. Saint. 1521-1597.
Catechismus Imaginibus expressus. Augsburg, C. Dabertzhofer for J. Krüger 1613. 8vo. [ii], 147, , [2 blank]p. Roman and italic type, ONE-HUNDRED-THREE WOODCUTS and title woodcut as above (I).
Ad I-II: A lovely pair of picture catechisms.
Canisius’ Small Catechism was printed over one hundred times in more than a dozen languages. Jesuit Georg Mayr (1564-1623) expressly prepared these versions — with scant text — for youngsters. The images do the teaching. The publisher, Krüger, brought out the editions simultaneously to more rapidly realize profits from his new blocks. In excellent condition (two small worm trails in the blank margin of the first six leaves).
Provenance: French statesman, historian and bibliophile J.-A. de Thou (1553-1617), his heirs (Catalogus (1704) I: 81), J.J. Charron, marquis de Ménars (1643-1718), Cardinal G. de Rohan (1674-1749), C. de Rohan, prince de Soubise (1715-87; characteristic manuscript shelf marks on the front panel and front pastedown (effaced); Catalogue (1788) 1447); bookplate of Hans Fürstenberg (1890-1982).
¶Haub, “Bey was Zeichen erkennet man einen katholischen Christen? Illustrationen im Bilderkatechismus des Petrus Canisius” in Emblematik und Kunst der Jesuiten in Bayern edd. Daly et al. 71-84; Sommervogel-deBacker, Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus V: 810,1 (Greek) & II: 657 (Latin); VD17 12:128135P (Greek) & 12:120694N (Latin).