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In 1607 Dutch Jesuit Heribert Rosweyde (1569-1629) published at the Plantin Press in Antwerp his Fasti Sanctorum quorum Vitae in Belgicis bibliothecis manuscriptae. The 92-page booklet announces the publication of an eighteen-volume collection of Lives of saints. Unlike in previous (16th-century) enterprises by Lippomano and Sauer (Surius) the Latin ancient and medieval texts of the Vitae are to be reproduced faithfully from the manuscripts without any attempt to rewrite or censor them. A list of 1300 saints, for whom Rosweyde claimed to possess one or more Lives, concludes the book. Unfortunately, due to the lack of encouragement from his Jesuit superiors this project did not materialize. However Rosweyde was the author of another hagiographic landmark, the Vitae Patrum (Antwerp 1615), a collection of the Lives and writings of the Desert Fathers based on 23 manuscripts.
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