NATALIBUS, PETRUS DE.
Catalogus sanctorum et gestorum eorum
EARLY LIVES OF THE
SAINTS, WITH OVER 200 WOODCUTS
CELEBRATED 1514 FIRST SACON [SACCON]
illustrated with over 200 woodcuts, of one of the
early lives of the saints (along with the Golden Legend, and the
Lives of the Holy Fathers).
of the early life of this hagiographer [Petrus de Natalibus] have been
handed down to us. A Venetian, he consecrated himself to the
ecclesiastical state, becoming a canon in Equilio (Jesolo). On 5 July,
1370, he was elevated to the episcopal see of that city. Details are
also lacking regarding his pastoral activity. The last mention of him
refers to the year 1400, and in 1406, another appears as Bishop of
Equilio; the date of his decease, therefore, must be set between these
two years (Eubel, "Hierarchia catholica medii aevi", I, 250). He is
chiefly known as the author of "Legends of the Saints" in twelve books,
a very valuable work with a wide circulation. In his arrangement of the
various lives he follows the calendar of the Church. The collection,
first printed in Vicenza, 1493, went through many editions, the last of
which (the eighth) appeared in Venice, 1616" (Catholic Encyclopedia).
All the early editions are rare, and the first Sacon edition is prized
in particular for the high quality of both the printing and the
Lyons: J. Sacon, December 9,
1514. Folio (leaf size 11 7/8 x 8 1/16 inches), nineteenth century full
brown morocco gilt with elaborate blind-stamped designs. 245 leaves
(plus terminal blank). Adams N-46. Some scuffing to binding and rubbing
to joints; eighteenth-century owner's inscription on title and a few
early scholarly annotations in margins; remnant of leather tab on title;
text very clean with only occasional light soiling.