Venice [Venetijs]: Georgius Arrivabenus, 1495. Second Edition. Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Very Good. Item #00535588
558 leaves [8 + 1104]pp. Text printed double column in black Initials supplied by hand throughout, mainly in red, a few in blue, some in blue and red, some with considerable elaboration, and two fine decorative floral borders exhibiting some detailed penwork, with extensive rubrication throughout in red. There is a moderate amount of contemporary marking and marginalia to text, some of which is of interest, the originall marginal tabs are present, as is the printer''s woodcut device at rear. Bound in period paneled calf over wood boards, with what appears to be a 19th-century rebacking, printed paper spine label, complete with leather and tooled brass clasps (one of which appears to be a later copy). The covers each feature large (4 x 2 5/8 inch), elaborate contemporary blind-tooled panels combing figures (possibly Jesus carrying the cross next to the cowled figure of a monk), other symbols and text, surmounted by what appear to be arbors or stone window tracery. These central panels are surrounded by a dozen other stamped devices ("IHS" in a sun; fleur-de-lis, rosettes, etc.) on each cover, some reaching nearly an inch in size. The pastedowns are made of older vellum manuscript leaves in Latin. The front pastedown features a fine early hand-colored woodcut of Saint Francis of Assisi, complete with stigmata, surrounded by a frieze of birds, flowers, woodland strawberries (Fragaria vesca), and butterflies. To date, we have not been able to locate any other existing examples of this woodcut. Above this is a somewhat later bookplate featuring two one inch diameter woodcut, one of an unknown saint and a cowled monk or peasant, the other the Sacred heart pierced by two downwards-pointing crossed arrows, surmounted by a crown, and surrounded by repeated initials ["JB"]. The Summa Rosella is an influential late 15th century manual for confessors. After the Fourth Lateran council of 1215 a number of manuals of confession appeared. Their purpose was the intellectual preparation of priests for a prudent and informed exercise of the office of confessor. This manual for confessors was completed by Father Battista Trovamala in the convent of Levanto in 1483. Also known as the Summa casuum conscientiae or Summa Baptistiniana, it was first printed by Nicolaus Girardengus in 1484. In 1489 Trovamala made an expanded and revised version, the Rosella Casuum or Summa Rosella, printed first in Pavia in 1489 and then in Venice by Giorgio Arrivabeni in 1489, 1495, and 1499. There were also numerous successive editions.