Das grosse Leben Christi, oder ausführliche, andächtige, bewegliche und ganz vollkommene Beschreibung des allerheiligsten Lebens und bitteren Leidens unsers Herrn Jesu Christi [...] Samt einem nutzlichen Zusatz oder ausführlichen Beschreibung der vier letzten Dingen des Menschens [...].
4to. (6), 560, 200 pp. Title-page printed in red and black. With engraved frontispiece, 31 engraved illustrations in the text, one folding engraved map and one folding engraved view. Contemporary blindstamped calf over wooden boards.
Parts one and three only of the German Capuchin theologian's important work in three parts, first published in 1689 in this version and reissued numerous times. It is considered "one of the best Catholic books of edification [...] far from the simplicity of the gospels" (cf. Scherer), giving lively descriptions of episodes from the New Testament. In addition to part one of the Life of Christ (with part two missing), it includes the "Nützlicher Zusatz zu dem Leben Christi" in four parts. The appealing illustrations, namely a map of the Holy Land, a view of Jerusalem, and numerous scenes from the New Testament, render this work all the more interesting.
Binding partly defective, especially at the spine and the lower wooden boards. Both clasps missing. Paper browned throughout, fingerstained, slightly waterstained, slight worming. Larger paper flaws in the map and the view with substantial loss, rebacked with thicker paper, some worming in the gutter. From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel, with his ownership stamp to front pastedown.
VD 18, 11198265. ADB XX, 480f. Scherer 336f. Cf. LThK VI, 980f.