Vita, e dottrina di Gesu Cristo raccolta da'quattro
evangelisti, Nicola Avancini. Parma Galeazzo Rosati, 1686
17th-century embroidered binding, on a rare
meditation on the life and doctrines of Christ
The author, Nicola Avancini, was a Jesuit, and Professor
of Rhetoric and Philosophy at Gratz, then of Theology
at Vienna. This work, originally written in Latin, appears
to have been his most enduring. It was translated into
several European languages, including English in 1875.
The binding is red silk/satin with large embroidered foliage
in silver, yellow and white threads, and with gilt and
gauffered edges. A child’s hand has written 'magister
meus et unus est Christus' (my one lord is Christ) in
ink on the lower flyleaf.
The Bodleian Library, Uxford, UK