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Vita epistole (Life and Letters)

Illustrated by Unidentified artist, Italian, 15th century, Author Saint Jerome (died 419 or 420), Printer Lorenzo de' Rossi (Italian, active 1482–1499)

Place of Publication: Ferrara, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Goff H-178; BMC VI 614; Sander 3404


Overall: 32.3 x 23.5 x 5.4 cm (12 11/16 x 9 1/4 x 2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with numerous woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Ferrara: Lorenzo de’ Rossi, 12 October 1497) Folio; 274 leaves; modern blind- and gilt-stamped brown morocco binding by W. Pratt.

Selected illustrations: Birth of St. Jerome (prelim. fol. 2r); portrait of author in study (a1v); Jerome writing letter, delivery to Pope Damasus (a2r); Saint Martin (K4r)

Ferrara: Lorenzo de’ Rossi, 12 October 1497


Leo S. Olschki; Edward Perry Warren (1860-1928); his heir John Marshall, from whom purchased by MFA, May 2, 1935.

Credit Line

George Nixon Black Fund