Naples, Giacomo (Jacques) Raillard 1694-1695.
8vo. [ii], frontis., [xvi], 415p. ENGRAVED FRONTISPIECE AND NINETEEN FULL-PAGE ENGRAVED PLATES (A. Magliar).
Contemporary calf, gilt frames and corner lilies, blind central azured arabesque medallion, spine and lettering gilt.
Epitomes Vitae. Naples, G. Raillard 1695. 8vo. Engr. portrait [iv], 125, [3 blank]p. ENGRAVED FRONTISPIECE PORTRAIT (A. Magliar after a G. Trombator painting), fine woodcut title ornament.
Ad I-II: A NICE EXAMPLE OF LINKED BOOKS, “two or more bibliographic items gathered within a single binding that are linked by a reference within the items themselves other than on their own title-pages” (Hunter & Nash). Though the books have independent quire signings and paginations and different publication dates, they share a privilege and an errata leaf at the end of the second work bearing the corrections for both works.
The elegant types, attractive woodcut ornaments and skilled presswork of these two volumes are atypical of late 17th-century Neapolitan production. In fact, Jacques Raillard was French and brought his design sensibility and aesthetic standards with him from France. He even shared his device, mottoed Non sempre nuoce, with another countryman printer active in Naples at this time, the controversial Antoine Bulifon. I have located one example of each volume in the U.S. Both volumes are in fine condition.
Ad I: Only Edition of this illustrated Passion of Christ emphasizing the role and suffering of the Virgin Mary. It is Avinatri’s only published work.
Ad II: Only Edition of this anonymous biography of him, the chief source for his life.
¶Hunter & Nash, “Composite Books” in The Book Collector 39 (1990) 504-528, esp. 518.