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14/10/2020

Illustrated fifteenth-century edition in the library of Santa Scolastica in Subiaco – Part IV

Among the illustrated incunable editions in Subiaco there are five scientific and philosophical works.  There are two scientific texts: the book at shelfmark V.A.15 is a copy of the edition of the De Meteoris by Albertus Magnus (c. 1200-1280), printed probably in Venice by the Dutch printer Reynaldus de Novimagio in May 1488 while the volume at shelfmark XVII.A.5 is a copy of the astronomical tables known as the ‘Alfonsine tables’ after Alfonso X of Castile (1221-1284).

25/09/2020

Fifteenth-century illustrated editions in the library of Santa Scolastica in Subiaco – Part III

Among the illustrated incunable editions in the library of Santa Scolastica there are two copies of two different editions of the Fasciculus Temporum, a compendium of ecclesiastical and secular history compiled by the Carthusian monk Werner Rolewinck

25/09/2020

Fifteenth-century illustrated editions in the library of Santa Scolastica in Subiaco – Part II, 2

Among the noteworthy illustrated devotional books found at Subiaco are two collections of the Sermones de tempore et de sanctis of St Bernard of Clairvaux and one of the Meditationes vitae Christi.

15/04/2020

Fifteenth-century illustrated editions in the library of Santa Scolastica in Subiaco - Part II, 1

There are several illustrated incunable editions of devotional texts in the library of the monastery of Santa Scolastica, now a national monument. They include one edition of the Bible, printed in Venice in 1498 by Simone Bevilacqua, the Sermones of Bernard of Clairvaux and of St Vincent Ferrer, an edition of the Meditazioni di Cristo and one of the Rivelazioni of St Bridget.

15/04/2020

Fifteenth-century illustrated books in the library of Santa Scolastica in Subiaco - Part I

At the outset printed books, just like manuscripts, continued to be decorated manually by illuminators and other artists.  Indeed, often the same illuminators and artists and the same workshops worked on both printed books and manuscripts.