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Croniche de gli ordini instituiti dal P.S. Francesco, che contengono la sua vita la sua morte, i suoi miracoli, e din tutti i suoi sancti discepoli, & compagni... Parma, nella stamperia di Erasmo Viotti,

MARCOS DA LISBOA , Bp. of Oporto (1581.)

£750.00 

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2 vols. bound in one. 4to. [28]ff. 395pp.; [16]ff.(last blank). Contemporary vellum, later label on spine.

First Italian edition translated and edited by Orazio Diola. Marcos da Lisboa's chronicle was first published in Portuguese in two volumes from 1556-1568, and, at the command of Philip II, it was translated into Spanish. All early editions in Portuguese and Spanish are rare, the first volume in particular, and it is more commonly found in the present Italian translation. The first two volumes are complete in themselves but according to Palau two later volumes were published by Viotti in 1601. Further editions also appeared in French, German and English. Marcos da Lisboa (1511-91), Bishop of Oporto from 1581, was born in Lisbon to a family named Sylva. He joined the Portuguese Franciscans and studied in Coimbra where he acquired a knowledge of Latin, Greek and Hebrew. "While visiting the principal convents of the Franciscan Order in Spain, Italy and France, at the insistance of the minister general, Fr. Andrea Alvarez, he succeeded in collecting a number of original documents bearing upon the history of the order. Previous to this in 1532 the minister general, Fr. Paul Pisotti, had instructed all the provincials of the order to collect all documents they could find pertaining to the 15th century, for the purpose of continuing the "Conformities" of Bartholomew of Pisa. A great part of the material thus brought together was given to Mark of Lisbon; with the aid of which, and of the Chronicles of Marianus of Florence and what he had himself collected, he compiled in Portuguese his well-known "Chronicle of the Friars Minor" . . . It is of great historical value, especially since the original sources to which the author had access, have entirely disappeared" (Catholic Encyclopaedia). Sadly only a working copy of a rare book: title stained and torn, hole in f. B5 affecting a few letters, browned and stained in places, tears to margins, last leaf restored.Provenance. Early armorial ownership stamp and inscription on title. Inscribed on fly-leaf "J. Spencer Northcote, Naples 1850". Bookplate of St. Dominic's Convent, Stone. Censimento Edit 16 CNCE 38924. Palau 151269. Not in Adams or BMSTC (Italian), nor found on OCLC/RLIN.

Stock Code: 45330