SANCTO GEORGIO, Johannes Antonius de

Oratio in exequiis Cardinalis Tornacensis.

[Rome, Stephan Plannck, on or after 16 October 1483.]

£2,800

Chancery quarto (20.4 x 14.2 cm.), 6 unnumbered leaves including final blank, clearly integral because it shows on recto an offsetting from the previous page. A good copy in black, white and beige floral paper on boards.

One of two different editions from the same year, of a funeral oration for Ferricus de Cluniaco (Ferri de Clugny), cardinal and bishop of Tournai, who died in Rome on 7 October 1483. Made bishop in 1473 and cardinal in 1480, he was a counsellor or emissary for Philip the Good and Charles the Bold of Burgundy, the Emperor Maximilian and Louis XI of France. His funeral was held on 16 October 1483. Plannck, the printer, specialised in publishing orations given in Rome, in this quarto pamphlet form. The speech-giver, Gianantonio de San Giorgio (1439–1509), was bishop of a suffragan diocese of Milan, and was also a successful canonist and law teacher. He was promoted to cardinal in 1493.

Goff S 134. Hain 7597*. Mead ‘Huntington’ 2023. Not in BMC (the BL nevertheless has a copy, IA.18342).