Institutiones Christianae, sue parus catechismus catholicorum, Praecipua Christianae pietatis capita complectans...

Canisius, Petrus Saint [Browse]
Antverpiæ (Antwerp). Christphorus Plantinus (Christopher Plantin). 1589.
212 [2] p. illus. (103 etchings (2/3-page), woodcuts) 14.5 cm.


  • Plantin's woodcut device on title. Illustration of the Trinity, others to the Credo, the Our Father, Hail Mary, rites of the Church, Ten Commandments, Seven Petitions, Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Principal virtues (3 theological, 4 cardinal), Seven Gifts of Spiritual [Grace?], venial sins, Beatitudes, etc. The illustrations depict Biblical incidents characterizing the virtue or fault (lots of fornication; sodomy illustrated by Lot and his daughters).
  • "First Edition of a beautiful pictorial catechism, intended to be used next to the popular Catholic school catechism by Petrus Canisius, which is the only reason Canisius' name is mentioned on title. The idea for the book came from a similar work by Joannes Baptista Romanus, the "Dottrina Christiana" published at Rome in 1587, but which had been illustrated with rather crude woodcuts. The present work was jointly published by Christopher Plantin and Philip Galle, the latter needed by Plantin to clean and work over with the burin the etched plates by Van der Borcht to enable a larger numbe to be printed. According to Plantin's files, the arrangement made with Galle was to print 850 copies, 425 for each partner... Pieter ven der Borcht (1545-1608), was a spiritual and sensitive artist, who sympathized with men like Hiel and the secret "House of Love", of which Plantin also had been a member." See id=32100, Barrefelt (Hiël) and Van der Borcht, Figures de toutes les plus remarquables histoires ... du viel et Nouveau Testament. (Amsterdam, 1613).
  • Handsome illustration of the damned in a sea of flames being skewered by devils, with a Hell's Mouth surround, p. 205.
  • Printed on rectos only with exception of headings to groupings: Ten Commandments, etc., all pages numberred.
  • Sig on verso of fly under stamp of Sotheran's, Sackville Street "Vandevelde". Insc in upper margin of title "Dom. prob. Soc.tis Jesu Moechlinia Nfl [?] ex bibm[?].
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Tan vellum hand-written in black.
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