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Jodocus Clichtoveus (1472/3-1543)
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Jodocus Clichtoveus (1472/3-1543)

ELUCIDATORIUM ECCLESIASTICUM. 1517

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Jodocus Clichtoveus (1472/3-1543)
Elucidatorium ecclesiasticum. 1517
CLICHTOVEUS, Jodocus (1472/3-1543). Elucidatorium ecclesiasticum. Basel: Johannes Froben, August 1517. [Bound with:] Ps-DIONYSIUS Areopagiticus. Theologia vivificans … coelestis hierarchia. Ecclestiastica hierarchia. Translated by Ambrose the Camaldule (1386-1439) and with commentaries by Jacques Lefèvre (?1450-1536) and Josse Clichtove. Paris: H. Estienne, 14 April 1515. [And:] JOHANNES DAMASCENUS (St., c.676-c.756). Theologia quattuor libris explicata. Translated by Jacques Lefèvre and with commentary by Josse Clichtove. Paris: H. Estienne, 5 February 1512.

A humanist Sammelband from the library of the Dukes of Arenberg. It brings together highly influential works by so-called Dionysius the Areopagite and St. John of Damascus, both important for the transmission of neo-platonic thought. They are published here in the translation of or with commentary by Josse Clichtove and Jacques Lefèvre, humanist theologians at Paris, whose work was responsible for the majority of publications at the press of Henri Estienne. I: Adams C-2201; II: Adams D-523; not in Schreiber; III: Adams J-278; Mortimer, Harvard French 329; Schreiber, Estiennes 12.

3 works in one, folio (304 x 195mm). First work with 4-part title border by Urs Graf, historiated and ornamental initials, Froben device on final recto, second and third works with full-page title-borders with letterpress inset, woodcuts diagrams and tables, woodcut historiated, ornamental and criblè initials, contemporary rubrication throughout (first title border just shaved at fore-edge, neat repaired tear in o1 of first work, single small wormhole in last c.10 leaves, without final blank). Contemporary Cologne blindstamped calf over thick wooden boards bound at the I.V.B. bindery [EBDB w002798], most metal corner-pieces remain, back pastedowns from a 13th-century German breviary manuscript on vellum (rebacked preserving original backstrip). Provenance: Dukes of Arenberg (Nordkirchen armorial bookplate).
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