Not too many of our books are held together with iron bars and nails, but this hefty hymnal needs the support for its massive wooden boards.
Privately printed in 1646, for the Monastery of Santa Maria della Pace by Giovanni Agostino Casoni della Spezia in Genoa, no expense was spared for this weighty wonder, including commissioning a giant unique typeface and initials that were used exclusively for this work. (Do you see how big that “I” is? It is as big as my hand!). In addition, each of the 103 pages is a full sheet printed as a broadside.
This is our most recent acquisition, and the bookseller Bruce McKittrick and his team did an incredible amount of research to figure out all the details about this unique hymnal. As we sort through the included research and catalog this item, we will post an update.
If you follow along with IHM very closely, and this next song named Cool sounds strangely familiar though you’ve never heard of this band named DAWNS, well, ding ding ding, you get a (virtual) cookie for your great memory. I went through the same experience when I first encountered Cool in my inbox. Then I figured it out. I had shared Cool several months ago, when a new indie rock outfit named Hymnal debuted with the song. The three piece have now relaunched as DAWNS, and since Cool is such an earworm of a jam, it’s a must re-visit. Cool is the New York City based trio’s official debut from an upcoming EP. They remind me of bands like Two Door Cinema Club and Foals but with a touch of HONNE and some RKCB with their jaunty tune. Cool’s blend of dance rock pluckiness, alt rock stateliness, and R&B satin smoothness is dreamy vibrant and endearing infectious.