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Fantastic calligraphy and colours: Saint with weapons! (axe, long serrated saw),St John the Baptist's head on platter, etc..
One two-sided page, numbered 375 & 376 from:
Summarium Constitutionis, et indulgentiarum, ac Decretorum S. D. N. D. PII Papae V.
Super recitatione Officii B. Mariae Virginis.
These particular pages are from the end of the section titled:
Pages have continuation of text and end of 'simbolum athanasij' 'Athanasian Creed' (see below)
Printed in 1572 by Christophe Plantin, Antwerp Belgium.
Yellowed/toned, with some staining on lower half (bit darker than pictures). Staining along binding edge of page. Stain at bottom of page that affects both sides.
18.75 x 12.75 cm
Christophe Plantin (c. 1520 – 1 July 1589) was an influential Renaissance humanist and book printer and publisher.
Plantin was born in France, probably in Saint-Avertin, near the city of Tours, Touraine. As a youth he apprenticed as a bookbinder in Caen and also married there. In 1545, he and his wife, Joanna Riviere, set-up shop in Paris, but after three years they chose to relocate to the booming commercial center of Antwerp, where Plantin became a free citizen and a member of the Guild of St Luke, the guild responsible for painters, sculptors, engravers and printers. The quality of his work as a bookbinder brought him into contact with nobility and wealth. While delivering a prestigious commission he was mistakenly attacked, receiving an arm wound that prevented him from labouring as a bookbinder and led him to concentrate on typography and printing. By 1555, he has his own printshop and is an accomplished printer
Plantin was a prolific printer and prosperous entrepreneur, publishing more than 40 editions of emblem books. His editions of the Bible in Hebrew, Latin and Dutch, his Corpus juris, Latin and Greek classics, and many other works are renowned for their beautiful execution and accuracy. A skillful businessman, by 1575 his printing firm reckoned more than 20 presses and 73 workmen, plus various specialists who did job-work out of their homes.
The Athanasian Creed, or Quicunque Vult (also Quicumque Vult), is a Christian statement of belief focused on Trinitarian doctrine and Christology. The Latin name of the creed, Quicunque vult, is taken from the opening words, "Whosoever wishes". The creed has been used by Christian churches since the sixth century. It is the first creed in which the equality of the three persons of the Trinity is explicitly stated. It differs from the Nicene-Constantinopolitan and Apostles' Creeds in the inclusion of anathemas, or condemnations of those who disagree with the creed (like the original Nicene Creed).