Fabiola, or, the Church of the Catacombs (page 1/2)

details...
[picture: Front Cover, Fabiola]

Pictures from the novel Fabiola, or the Church of the Catacombs by Cardinal Nicholas Patrick Wiseman (1802 – 1865), translated into French by M. Richard Viot, and published in Tours in 1887 by Alfred Mame et Fils. It’s a story set in Rome in the 4th Century after Christ. The Chrisitans behave so well and are so full of love that the others around them are converted; clearly not a modern tale.

Illustrations are by Joseph Blanc (1846 – 1904)

The book is bound in red cloth with gold on the cover.

I found a copy of Cardinal Wiseman’s Fabiola online at a page of history-inspired French novels.

I bought my copy at a small bookshop near the opera, in Paris, no more than twenty minutes’ walk from the Bastille Monument, probably Librairie la Sirène.

Title: Fabiola, or, the Church of the Catacombs

Author: Wiseman, Nicholas Patrick, Cardinal

Translated by: Viot, M. Richard

Published by: Alfred Mame et Fils

City: Tours

Date: 1887

Total items: 11

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Chapter tailpiece, winged angel holding cross]

Chapter tailpiece, winged angel holding cross

Engraving showing a woman with wings and a robe at the foot of a large cross, holding it up; the cross is framed in a gothic arch with vines and grapes surrounding it and two ears of wheat in the centre. It was used as a tail-piece, printer’s ornament or [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Mediaeval Torture Instruments]

Mediaeval Torture Instruments

These six torture implements were captioned instruments of torture employed against the Christians, but they are not actually mentioned in the text. [more...] [$]

[picture: Decorative initial letter ``D'' with lady and saint and birds]

Decorative initial letter “D” with lady and saint and birds

This “vignetted” initial capital letter “D” was used as a drop cap at the start of a chapter. The capital D is framed inside a stylized frond or creeper vine emanating from a vase with fruit on it; behind (to the left of) the D stands a person with a halo (itself giving off fronds) and wearing ornate robes and a crown. I am guesing that this is [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Chi-rho symbol (Px) in red, black ad gold from front cover.]

Chi-rho symbol (Px) in red, black ad gold from front cover.

The Chi-Rho, or Chiro, symbol is a PX monogram from te first two letters of the Greek word for Christ. This gold and christian Px symbol is set in a gold circle surrounded with flowers on [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Decorative Initial letter ``I'' With sunbathing lady and birds]

Decorative Initial letter “I” With sunbathing lady and birds

This “vignetted” initial capital letter I was used as a drop cap at the start of a chapter. It includes two birds (songbirds I think, by their shapes) siting on swirly vines; two urns sprouting out of branches; a trellis with ivy; tulips; and, at the base, a woman wearing a very brief costume of leaves lying in a shady bower, or perhaps darkened [...] [more...] [$]


Tags in this source:

ancient rome angels bare feet birds bones book burning book covers borders burial burning catacombs christianity christians christmas coliseum colour creepy crosses death decoration diagrams easter fires floriated borders foliated initials gardens geometric borders greyscale historiated initials inhabited initials initials interiors letterd letteri letterq lions men ornaments ornate peace people religion roman architcture roman costumes roman remains sacrifice saints sedition skeletons soldiers spooky symbols togas tombs torture urns vignetted initials watching wings women xmas

Places shown:

Rome ·none

Pictures from the novel Fabiola, or the Church of the Catacombs by Cardinal Nicholas Patrick Wiseman (1802 – 1865), translated into French by M. Richard Viot, and published in Tours in 1887 by Alfred Mame et Fils. It’s a story set in Rome in the 4th Century after Christ. The Chrisitans behave so well and are so full of love that the others around them are converted; clearly not a modern tale.

Illustrations are by Joseph Blanc (1846 – 1904)

The book is bound in red cloth with gold on the cover.

I found a copy of Cardinal Wiseman’s Fabiola online at a page of history-inspired French novels.

I bought my copy at a small bookshop near the opera, in Paris, no more than twenty minutes’ walk from the Bastille Monument, probably Librairie la Sirène.


Note: If you got here from a search engine and don’t see what you were looking for, it might have moved onto a different page within this gallery.