INQUISITIVE THEOLOGICAL ANNOTATORS

[Opera: Homeliae.]  Que in secundo Ioannis Chrisostomi volumine continentur: Super Mattheum homelie 89 … Super Ioannem homelie 87 … De laudibus Pauli homelie 8 … In epistolam ad Titum homelie 6 … Ad hebreos homelie 34 … Ad Thimoteum homelie 28 … Adversus vituperatores vite monastice libri 3.

Venice, Stagnino & de Gregoriis, 1503. 

Folio, ff. [xvi], 184; 117,[1]; 168, [16]; woodcut initials throughout; some light stains and foxing, but a very good, wide-margined and well preserved copy in contemporary blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, sides tooled to a lozenge grid pattern, spine in four compartments; preserving four brass catches, clasps perished, spine and edges worn, a few skilful restorations to extremities, later endpapers; sixteenth-century inscriptions on title by Leonardo (?)Buonamici/Buonanni and Serafino Orsoni; annotations throughout (on over 200 pp.) in two contemporary Italian hands.

£2800

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[Opera: Homeliae.]  Que in secundo Ioannis Chrisostomi volumine continentur: Super Mattheum homelie 89 … Super Ioannem homelie 87 … De laudibus Pauli homelie 8 … In epistolam ad Titum homelie 6 … Ad hebreos homelie 34 … Ad Thimoteum homelie 28 … Adversus vituperatores vite monastice libri 3.

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First edition of Chrysostom’s Opera omnia, the second volume (of two), annotated throughout by two critical readers. 

The text was edited by Thomas Januensis and translated by George of Trebizond and Pietro Barozzi.  John Chrysostom (347–407) was the first Greek Church Father to be published, thanks to George’s translation. 

‘These works combine a great facility for seeing the spiritual meaning of the author with an equal ability for immediate practical application.  He was opposed to the allegorical exegesis of the Scriptures, and insisted that they must be interpreted literally’ (Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church). 

Our copy bears the glossae of two contemporary Italian readers, who interrogated the text in light of the most pressing theological questions, concentrating particularly on the homilies on Matthew and John and those on some of St Paul’s letters. 

EDIT16 33769; Brunet III 536; Graesse I, p.151. 

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