Book of Revelation Commentary 1602 Venice city birds-eye view Blas Viegas bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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Commentarii Exegetici in Apocalypsim Ioannis Apostoli. Auctore Blasio Viegas Lusitano Eborensi...
1602, Venice, Apud Societatem Venetam.
The author Blas Viegas, was a Portuguese Jesuit. This work is a commentary on the Book of Revelation by St. John and the authors most popular work, eventually translated even into Ethiopian for missionary use in Africa.
This particular early 17th century Venice edition was edited by members of the powerful Farnese family, influential Italian aristocrats with strong ties to the Papacy.
Attractive period full mottled leather, smooth spine beautifully gilt decorated in floral scrolls with a contrasting morocco gilt title label. Old institutional rubber stamps to t.p. and a couple other leaves.
Delightful miniature wood engraved prospect city view of Venice set within an ornate scroll cartouche. Well illustrated with delightful small rubricated initials and woodcut devices as chapter heads or tails.
Binding boards slightly bowed outwards, leather remains supple, book is clean, tight, sound and displays a very pleasing age patina.
Scarce and fine example of this early printed book.
Book measures: 8 5/8" H X 6 5/8" W.