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Fratris Hieronymi Savonarolae Ferrariensis ordinis praedicatorum, Triumphus crucis de fidei veritate (Venice: Luca Olchiense, 1517) .

The De triumpho crucis is perhaps the most popular spiritual writing of the renowned Dominican preacher and reformer, Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498). As the colophon states, the printer Luca Olchiense was a professor of arts and law, who emended the text of the Triumphus: "... Impressumque Venetiis accurata diligentia per Lucam olchiense artium & legum professorem. Anno domini M.CCCCCXVII. Die uero octauo mensis Iunii." Luca was active as a printer for only a short time (1517-1518).

The book consists of 14 quaterni (A-O, 112 fols.) A woodcut on the title page shows the hooded author writing in his study, sitting before a crucifix. The woodcut is based on, and inverts, a woodcut in an earlier Venetian edition (1504) of Savonarola's work by Lazzaro de' Soardi (see catalogue n° 16).

References: Borsa 1: 237; IA 3/3: 416 (printer); Zappella, Il ritratto, 47 and fig. 309b-c.

Catalogue No. 39
Call Number: Rare Books Small BX 890 .Sa95 1517      Catalog Record

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