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.
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De situ Paradisi Terrestris ... Praecedit... conatus novus de Cepha reprehenso ex Galatarum secundo capite.
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 three copies outside Europe (CUL, Villanova, and Harvard); Depaul has a copy of another edition.
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The 104th Psalm. Illustrated by Susan Maria Ffarington. Worden.
The Faringtons or Ffaringtons were an ancient family of Worden Hall, Leyland, Lancashire, with a substantial family archive. Susan Maria (1808–1894) edited The Farington Papers for the Chetham Society in 1856, and made other contributions to local history, but this unusual panorama seems to have been her only foray into illustration. Psalm 104 lent itself to some striking landscape plates: horses and oxen (‘He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field’); cedars of Lebanon (‘The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon which he hath planted’); mountain scenery (‘The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats and the rocks for the conies’); sunset and daybreak; and three volcanoes (‘He toucheth the hills and they smoke’).