12mo, pp. [ii], xcvi, 96; with a folding engraved map; a little light browning, small tear at gutter near the fold of the plate (far from printed area); a very good copy in contemporary full tan calf, sides ruled in blind, panelled spine gild with fleurons and gilt lettering piece.
US $1109 €906
First edition. Kerkherdere addresses the question of the location of the Garden of Eden, the earthly Paradise, accompanying his conjecture with a map engraved by P. E. Boultats of Antwerp; the perusal of various sources, geographical studies and toponymic considerations lead the author, an Imperial historian, to placing Eden in the area of Mesopotamia directly South of the river Euphrates, not far from Babylon. The treatise is preceded by another tract addressing a passage in St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians, seemingly evidence of conflict between Peter and Paul. While some of the Fathers and early doctors (Origen, Chrysostom and Jerome) saw the episode as a ‘staged’ conflict, a rhetorical device meant to illustrate the issues at stake, Augustine read the disagreement as genuine, and saw in it Paul’s claim of the superiority of the Word over Peter’s office and authority.
OCLC records only 3 copies outside Europe: Cambridge, Villanova and Harvard Divinity School; Depaul has a copy of another edition.
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