Mount Vernon: The Peter Pauper Press, n.d. Limited edition. Small quarto, original 3/4 red morocco with patterned paper boards, top edge gilt, original paper slipcase. Book near-fine with some wear to intact original slipcase. Item #313
Handsome limited edition of the "Fioretti di San Francesco." The edition is derived from the text prepared by Antonio Cesari, translated by Thomas Okey and "decorated" by Valenti Angelo with a title page illustration and additional wood-cuts in the text. Okey became the first Serena Professor of Italian at the University of Cambridge in 1919. The Italian-born Valenti Angelo was a prolific and well-known children’s author, print-maker, and illustrator for decades. Composed during the 14th-century by several different authors, the Little Flowers consists of: Flowers of St. Francis, Life of Brother Juniper, Life of the Blessed Brother Giles or Egidius, Instructions and Notable Sayings of Brother Giles."Francis had a vivid sense of the sacramentality of creation. All things, whether living or inaminate, reflected their Creator's love and were thus due reverence and wonder. In this spirit he composed his famous 'Canticle of Creation,' singing the praises of Brother Sun, Sister Moon, and even Sister Death. Altogether his life and his relationship with the world--including animals, the elements, the poor and sick, as well as prices and prelates, women as well as men, represented the breakthrough of a new model of human and cosmic community." (Robert Ellsberg, All Saints). Founded in 1928, the Peter Pauper Press specialized in finely printed and bound letterpress volumes for the trade and special editions for publishers and institutions.