Lactantius Opera Early Incunabulum Rome 1474 Divine Institutions Incunabula For Sale
Author: Lactantius, Lucius
Title: Opera. Ed: Angelus
Sabinus. Add: S. Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus: De Resurrectione
Imprint: Rome: Ulrich Han
(Udalricus Gallus) and Simon Nicolai Chardella, 12 Feb. 1474
257ff. (of 260, lacking two blanks (fol I and 15). And
register leaf (supplied in photocopy) thus textual complete. No sale record
found. A early incunabula.
reasonably wide margined copy. First 40 leaves, margin repaired, book is filled with
marginalia, partly cut off. Still a tall copy. 29 cm.
century green Morocco binding. FOLIO 30 cm.
This work contains
Divine Institutions (Divinarum Institutionum Libri VII),
written between 303 and 311. This is the most important of the writings of
Lactantius. As an apologetic treatise it was intended to point out the futility
of pagan beliefs and to establish the reasonableness and truth of Christianity
as a response to pagan critics. It was also the first attempt at a systematic
exposition of Christian theology in Latin.
2. De Ira
Dei ("On the Wrath of God"), directed
against the Stoics and Epicureans, dealing with anthropomorphic deities.
Phoenix (De phoenice carmen) tells the story of the : death and rebirth of that
mythical bird. That poem in turn appears to have been the
principal source for the famous Anglo-Saxon poem to which the modern title The
Phoenix is given.
4. De opificio dei vel
formatione hominis medical
treatise preserving the views of the time on
embryology, gynaecology, anatomy and physiology, mentioning the determination
of sex, the origin of semen,
resurrectione Christi. Wrongly ascribed to Lactantius,
but in faxt written by Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus
(c.530–c.600/609), a Latin poet and hymnodist, and a Bishop of the early
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