Item #11660 Benedictionale Juxta Ritum Ecclesiæ Ebroicensis Illustrissimi ac Reverendissimi D[omi]ni Petri Julii Cæsaris De Rochechouart Episcopi Ebroicensis…editum.
Benedictionale Juxta Ritum Ecclesiæ Ebroicensis Illustrissimi ac Reverendissimi D[omi]ni Petri Julii Cæsaris De Rochechouart Episcopi Ebroicensis…editum.
Benedictionale Juxta Ritum Ecclesiæ Ebroicensis Illustrissimi ac Reverendissimi D[omi]ni Petri Julii Cæsaris De Rochechouart Episcopi Ebroicensis…editum.
Benedictionale Juxta Ritum Ecclesiæ Ebroicensis Illustrissimi ac Reverendissimi D[omi]ni Petri Julii Cæsaris De Rochechouart Episcopi Ebroicensis…editum.
Benedictionale Juxta Ritum Ecclesiæ Ebroicensis Illustrissimi ac Reverendissimi D[omi]ni Petri Julii Cæsaris De Rochechouart Episcopi Ebroicensis…editum.
LETTERPRESS, STENCIL, MANUSCRIPT

Benedictionale Juxta Ritum Ecclesiæ Ebroicensis Illustrissimi ac Reverendissimi D[omi]ni Petri Julii Cæsaris De Rochechouart Episcopi Ebroicensis…editum.

s.l., s.n. 1741.

Folio (396 x 263 mm.). Stenciled title (verso blank), [i manuscript], [1], “2-4” stenciled (1 page), 5-7 letterpress, “8 & 10” stenciled (1 page), 11-13 [14-15 pasted together] 16-21 [22-23 pasted together] 24-52 letterpress, 53-54 stenciled pages. PRINTED, MANUSCRIPT AND STENCILED, IN RED AND BLACK THROUGHOUT, roman letters, text in letterpress or manuscript double-rule frames, stenciled title in red and black above the woodcut arms of Pierre-Jules-César de Rochechouart bishop of Évreux, the double-rule manuscript frame left unfinished across the bottom.

Contemporary gilt red morocco with the arms of Pierre-Jules-César de Rochechouart bishop of Évreux (Olivier-Hermal-Roton 723; slightly stained and abraded), the outer frame of seven elements — two rules, two narrow geometric rolls, a wider roll of birds and vines and two rows of repeated individual tools including scallop shells, blooms, dots and tendrils, spine and title gilt, all edges gilt, clasps and catches neatly removed.

Apparently created at the request — and for the personal use — of the Bishop of Évreux with his arms on the binding. On his appointment to the see in 1733, he undertook the revision of the local liturgy and, in 1741, published a two-volume quarto Rituale printed by Coignard in Paris: the three recorded copies are in France. I have found no trace of a Benedictional.
            The production and assembly of this volume combined three media — letterpress, stencil, manuscript — as well as the deletion of printed text by excising whole leaves and by pasting together facing pages. The stencil and manuscript portions at the beginning and end were almost certainly made by a member of the Episcopal household.
            The source of the printed material remains enigmatic. There are only two possibilities. Either Rochechouart commissioned a never realized edition of the Benedictional, or the present letterpress was salvaged from an earlier printing. If the latter, I have failed to identify the source. The two printed paste-over corrections, on pages “2-4” and 20, were cut from other books, as each has letterpress on both sides. Rochechouart’s woodcut arms on the title-page are probably the same block used on the quarto Rituale. Jean Malassis was the sole printer at Évreux from 1709 until his death in 1760, during which he held the title of Printer to the Bishop of Évreux and may well have had the fine types exhibited here. In good condition.
¶See Conlon, Le Siècle des Lumières 41:262 for the 1741 Rituale.

Item #11660

Price: $2,800.00

Status: On Hold