Captured by Pirates

Maggio, Francesco Maria. Vita, e morte del venerabil P. F. Alipio di S. Giuseppe Scalzo di S. Agostino Palermitano della Congregazione d'Italia, in odio della confessione della S. Fede di Giesù Cristo, crudelissimamente ucciso da’ Turchi di Barberia, nella città di Tripoli, a 17 di febbraio l’anno 1645 [...].

Rome, Ignatio de' Lazzari, 1657.

4to. (40), 24, (4), 25-234 pp., final blank leaf. With 3 engraved plates. Contemporary vellum with ms. title to spine.


Very scarce first and only edition of the life and death of San Alipio, who was captured by Ottoman pirates on 1 July 1643 and brought to Tripoli. He converted to Islam, but repented and was martyred on 17 February 1645 when he told to the Pasha that he wished to return to his Christian faith. The plates show the martyrdom (a supersized image after the prelims, folded in at the bottom) and the holy relics of the Saint.

Some defects to spine, otherwise fine. Old ownership of the "Convento dell' Angelo Custode" on the flyleaf.

Streit XVI, p. 525, no. 4001. ICCU UM1E\007052.

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