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Li miraculi de la madonna.


Simón Gabis (o de Bevilaqua) (Printer)

Origin: Venice, XV c.
Biblioteca Nacional de España.

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Facsimile. Incunabula. Collection of Incunabula and Old Books.


14,5 x 20,2 cm.
41+3 crd.
82+6 crd.
2nd March 1496.
24th June 2007.
Parchment on wooden board.
Religious literature.
Presentation dust jacket cloth lined with gold engraved leather spine containing facsimile.
Numbered by notary and signed by the printer-publisher.
Specially made laid paper.
Optional: Study in Spanish: author yet to be determined. Included in
Bibliofilia Antigua XIII.
With many small engravings of the Virgin Mary.

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This copy is the second known of this edition nowadays in the world. The other one is kept in Fundazione Cini, in Venice. It was already heard of this rare copy, at the start of the XX century from Leo S. Olschki in "Livres inconnus des bibliographes" (in La Bibliofilía, XV (1913-1914), pages 184-185, núm. 40) when describing a copy belonging then to  "Biblioteca Melzi" owned by Mse. Louise di Soragna Melzi) from Milano. Printed in 4.°, in round lettering, with a xylographic initial and provisional small letters for initials, it displays 25 prints,  sandwiched in the text, some of them repeated, of different sizes. One print is a figure on the title page under the title Il miraculi de la madonna, this print is repeated on the title page of the second sheet, where the text really started; but in this case, print, text and initial appear inside and architectural ornament made by four parts. A beautiful, strange and odd book, which shows slightly cut off the ornament on the title page of the second sheet, and it offers an unnamed Italian text in 62 chapters, that is to say, 62 Marian miracles; as it is explained on a table at the end. 

In the copy Miracoli della Vergine Maria it only says the printing was made in Venice and that it was finished the 2nd of March 1496, but it does not say the printer's name. The study of the typographic material has allowed the incunabula experts to assign the printing to the Venetian workshop belonging to Simon de Gabis or Simon de Bevilaqua, from Pavía, which rarely showed his real name, favouring his nickname, that is to say the second shown alternative, probably to mock him. He firstly kept active a workshop in Vicenza. There are five printings made there between December 1487 and November 1491, and a sixth one without typographic indications. From 1492 onwards he moved to Venice where he kept working even at the end of the century. It is a workshop with many typescripts, three typographic marks and many xylographic tools for initials and ornaments.


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DNF Ensayos literarios
HRA Religión: general
HRC Cristianismo
HRCC7 Catolicismo romano, Iglesia católica romana
1D Europa
1DST Italia
2ADT Italiano
3H c. 1000 c .e.-c. 1500
DSBB Estudios literarios: clásicos, primitivos y medievales
AFH Grabados y arte del grabado
AFJ Otras formas de arte gráfico
WCS Antigüedades y coleccionables: libros, manuscritos, ephemera y material impreso

AC Historia del arte/estilos de arte y diseño
AFT Artes decorativas
ACN Historia del arte y estilos de diseño: c. 1400-c. 1600
AFF Dibujo y dibujos
ACND Arte del Renacimiento
AGH Figuras humanas representadas en el arte
HBJD Historia de Europa
1DSE España
HBLH Historia moderna: c. 1450/1500-c. 1700
HBLC Historia primitiva: c. 500-c. 1450/1500
HBLC1 Historia medieval