Probably the MacCarthy-Reagh Copy in Green Morocco;
Printed on Vellum

Extensio, Ampliatio, Nova concessio, et Confirmatio Privilegiorum Sanctiss. ac Beatiss. D.D. Pii huius nominis 5. Pont. Max. in Sacros Ordines, et Congregationes claustrales. Pro Canonicis Regularibus Ordinis S. Augustini Congregationis domini Salvatoris.

Woodcut vignette on title, woodcut port. of St. Augustine & the woodcut arms of Pius V on verso, & two large & fine woodcut initials. Printed nearly entirely in italics. 12 unnumbered leaves. Small 4to, 18th-cent. green morocco, single gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, a.e.g. Rome: Heirs of A. Blado, [text dated 16 December] 1567.

First edition, a fine copy printed on vellum, and very likely the MacCarthy-Reagh copy, which was described in his 1815 sale catalogue (lot 1176) as “m. vert.” This copy bears the official autograph signatures of Cardinal Flavio Orsini and M. Boccarinus, Notary of the Apostolic Chamber, on the final page. Our copy probably passed to Samuel Butler (1774-1839), Bishop of Lichfield and headmaster of Shrewsbury School, who formed a “nearly perfect set of Aldines” (De Ricci, p. 115) and related books and manuscripts. I believe our copy is the one described in the second sale of Butler’s library (1 June 1840 and eight following days) as lot 1593 in “green morocco.”

This book was printed by the widow and sons of Blado (he had died earlier in the year), whose printing house was the official papal printer from 1535 to 1589. This book is almost entirely printed in the italic based on the italic of Aldus.

This is one of the many decrees issued by Pius V (1504-72), in his efforts to reform the Catholic Church.

Handsome copy, with the bookplate of the Comte Chandon de Briailles with the manuscript note: “rel.: 130. 1931.” Small repair to upper blank margin of final three leaves. Preserved in a box.

❧ Brunet, IV, 681. Fumagalli 460. Van Praet, in his catalogue of the vellum-printed books in the BnF, is mistaken regarding the binding of the MacCarthy-Reagh copy.

Price: $12,500.00

Item ID: 6766

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