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Rinẞmaulin, Tugend-Stern, 1713.

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Written by a woman, about a woman, dedicated to a woman.

Maria Eleonora Rinẞmaulin.

Tugend-Stern, das ist: Kurtze Lebens-Beschreibung der Heiligen Catharinae von Bononien, Clarisser-Ordens Abbtissin von Clemente den XI […].

Wien, Ignatio Dominico Voigt, Universitätischer Buchdrucker, 1713.

4°. [VIII], 196 pp. With an engraved frontispiece by “Kenckel”.

Modern wrappers.

First and only edition of a biography of Catherine of Bologna (1413-1463), written by abbess Maria Eleonora Rinẞmaulin for Holy Roman Empress and German Queen Eleonore Magdalene Therese of Neuburg (1655-1720). Rinẞmaulin was the leader of the Queen’s monastery in Vienna, the city where the Queen lived and where this book was printed. The book was published on the occasion of the canonization of Catherine of Bologna in 1712 by Pope Clement XI. Saint Catherine was also an abbess (the female superior or leader of a convent or monastery), like Rinẞmaulin, but she was especially renowned as an artistic creator. She painted, taught and wrote prolifically.  The frontispiece in this book seems to be freely derived from the altar of the uncorrupted body of Saint Catherine, seated on a throne, as it appears to the faithful in the chapel housed inside the Church of Corpus Domini in Bologna.

Condition: stamp on title of the Ursulines Library in Klagenfurt. Slightly browned, occasional spotting. Otherwise in good condition

Reference: VD18 14749491

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