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Thomas of Celano. Dies irae in thirteen original versions. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1859. 8vo (19.3 cm, 7.59"). xxxiv, 65,  pp.; 2 plts. $100.00
Thomas of Celano, fl. 1257, is generally supposed to have been the author of the original Latin of the "Dies irae," a sequence probably originally written for Advent Sunday, but more familiar from its use in the requiem mass. For this edition, the => New Jersey poet-physician Abraham Coles has included an introduction to the hymn, a history and comparison of various translations, a note on the nature of the sequence as a liturgical piece and as a piece of music, and finally a version in modern notation with a simplified melody. The work is => illustrated with two sepia photo plates, reproducing "The Last Judgment" (by Peter Cornelius) and "Christus Remunerator" (by Ary Scheffer).
Binding: Contemporary pebbled red roan, covers framed in gilt fillets with corner fleurons and gilt-stamped decorative title, spine gilt extra, board edges and turn-ins with gilt roll. All edges gilt and boards supporting => notably attractive endpapers with gilt- and red-stamped vine and berry design.
Provenance: Front fly-leaf with pencilled gift inscription, attractively written: "To Samuel Hibben from John Boyd Smith, Peoria Jan.y 1st 1862."
Bound as above, spine and edges darkened and lightly rubbed with joints rubbed moreso. Pages age-toned, with mild foxing to and around plates. => Showing signs of having been read and loved, still a striking production. (41555) Please RESHELVE This.
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