Speculum religiosorum & exercitium virtuosorum oder: Der geistliche Spiegel : darinn nit allein die geistlichen Closter: vnd Ordenszpersonen, mit schönen herzlichen Lehren vnd Warnungen erwiesen werden

[Munich] : Bedruckt in der fürstliche[n] Haubstat München, bey Adam Berg., 1601. Small thick 8vo, A-3G . [6], 414, [4] leaves ("Index vnd Register"--Leaves [1]-[3] at end). Contemporary vellum over wooden boards, covers stamped with brown borders enclosing central religious devices, clasps (one broken), backstrip with 19th-century paper labels, library stamp and signature on title-page, two library stamps on free endpaper, large early woodcut bookplate on front pastedown. Leaves with tabs for easy access to chapters. Internally a very good copy, and a pleasant artefact of the period in original condition. Translation of Oratorio de religiosos y exercicio de virtuosos into German. Publisher's statement from colophon. Title in red and black; initials. Numbers 156 and 282 repeated, numbers 200 and 378 omitted in foliation. Numerous errors in foliation. This is a rare book in early editions. We only found one copy of the first (1599) edition and one copy of the second (1601) edition offered in the last 50 years. The 1601 edition was sold by Salloch in 1965 ($145): he noted “This is one of the few religious treatises that Guevara wrote: Oratorio de religiosos y Exercicio de virtuosos. It consists of a series of short exhortations or homilies, with a text prefixed to each, written in the same style like his other works: mannerism and imagery anticipate the Baroque writers of the following century. Aegidius Albertinus (1560-1620), the translator, "marks the opening of an age of a separate Catholic culture in Bavaria... he had a mastery of the Spanish language, the idiom of the most Catholic of all countries... Albertinus' method of translation is, in accordance with the spirit of his time, free, employing changes as well as additions borrowed from other authors whenever they seemed to him proper... Without him, neither Moscherosch nor Grimmelshausen could have made their start" (Faber du Faur). Although the Yale University Library owns almost all of Albertinus' Guevara translations, this volume is not included in Faber du Faur's catalogue. It is also unknown to Palau; only Goedeke lists it (II, 580, 8).”. Item #106851

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