1712 Vellum VITA DI S. PIO QUINTO / LIFE OF POPE PIUS V with RARE FOLDING PLATE
VITA DI S. PIO QUINTO SOMMO PONTEFICE DELL'ORDINE DE PREDICATORI Scritta Da PAOLO ALESSANDRO MARREI. Pubblicata Sotto I Gloriosi Auspici Della Santità Di Nostro Signore Papa Clemente XI. (LIFE OF POPE PIUS V, by Paolo Alessandro Marrei.) Published by Appresso Giacomo Tommasini, VENIZIA (VENICE), MDCCXII (1712). Text in Italian. Full VELLUM covers, 4 raised spine bands, handwritten title on spine, 6.5x9 inches (16.5x23 cm). Pagination: xxiv, 469,  pages. ILLUSTRATED with 2 engraved plates (of 3, lacks the portrait frontispiece). The TWO ENGRAVED PLATES consist of a copper engraved leaf with printed details at the bottom that read "Dominicus Muratori pinacit" and "Hieronymus Rossi incidit"; and a LARGE FOLD OPEN COPPER ENGRAVED PLATE that measures 24 x 19 inches including its white margins, with printed details at the bottom that read "Nic. Dorigny Gallus delin. et sculp. Rome sup. perm. an. 1699." Condition: The VELLUM COVERS are age discolored, rubbed, and show general wear, but remain solid and are attractive in a Harry Potter Hogwarts Library way; internally, there is an ink blotch / stain to the blank front free endpaper and a large circular ink stain to the last few pages of text and the endpapers (all text is fully legible); the folding plate has some large closed tears but is holding together and could be carefully repaired, though beautiful as is. A solid copy with printing and paper that is early and gorgeous. RARE 1712 EDITION in VELLUM COVERS, especially scarce with its Large Folding Engraved Plate that is usually lacking (because it was often removed and sold / disbursed separately).