The Rubrics of the First Book of Lactantius Firmianus's On the Divine Institutes Against the Pagans Begin …
This very rare work by Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius
is one of the first books printed in Italy and the first dated Italian
imprint. It was produced by the German typographers Conrad Sweynheym and Arnold
Pannartz, who established a printing press in 1465 at the Benedictine abbey of
Subiaco, near Rome.
According to the colophon, the book was completed “In the year of Our Lord
1465, in the second year of the papacy of Paul II, the thirteenth indiction and
the last day but two of the month of October ...