Opera omnia quae hactenus summa diligentia reperiri potuêre,
praeter omnes omnium editiones virorum doctorum studio emaculata & aucta. Omnia duobus tomis consultò comprehensa, quorum primo ea continentur quae in vetus & novum testamentum Cyrillus elucubravit, additis quibusdam opusculis per Gentianum Hervetum Aurelium, è Graeco conversis: Posteriore verò reliquae eiusdem opera ordine digesta, quorum catalogorum pagina tertia reperies. Duobus adjectis indicibus amplissimis, quorum alter res, verba & sententias: alter locos sacrae scripturae à D. Cyrillo explicatos complectitur.Paris: [Compagnie de la Grand-Navire,] 1604-5 Stock Code: 132174
Contemporary blindstamped calfThe magnificent Paris edition of the works of St Cyril of Alexandria produced by the consortium of printers and booksellers formed in November 1582 to publish the works of the church fathers. The text is founded on the translation from Greek into Latin of Gentian Hervetus. Cyril of Alexandria (c.378444) was bishop of Alexandria when the city was at its height of influence and power within the Roman Empire. Cyril wrote extensively and was a leading protagonist in the Christological controversies of the late 4th and early 5th centuries. He was a central figure in the First Council of Ephesus in 431, which led to the deposition of Nestorius as Archbishop of Constantinople. In the religious upheavals of the 16th century his authority was invoked by both Luther and Calvin, Calvin's trinitarian convictions in particular being reconcilable with those of Cyril.
2 volumes in 1, folio (347 x 226 mm). Contemporary blindstamped calf over wooden boards, spine with five raised bands, unlettered, catches present but clasps gone.
Title pages in red and black, with magnificent woodcut galleon device of the Compagnie de la Grand-Navire. Text in Latin, printed in double column.
Large clear contemporary ownership inscription of Cornelius Duyn of Amsterdam to front free endpaper; with the anonymous armorial bookplate ("Bonne et belle assez") of Thomas Belasyse, 4th Viscount Fauconberg, 2nd Earl of Newborough (1699-1774) to front pastedown. Unobtrusive repair to spine, a superficial scar to the leather running up from the foot and over onto the front board, a few biographical manuscript notes concerning the author at the upper outer corner of the title, some underlining and marginalia, a little worming to the last few leaves touching a few letters without significant loss, generally clean and fresh, an excellent copy in a handsome contemporary binding.
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