19 November 2003
OROSIUS, Paulus (fl.414-417). Historiae adversus paganos. Edited by Aeneas Vulpes and Laurentius Brixiensis. [Vicenza]: Leonardus Achates de Basilea, [c.1482].
Chancery 2° (292 x 199mm). Collation: a-m8 n10 (a1 blank, a2r text, n10r verse by Bartholomaeus Paiellus, n10v blank). 106 leaves. 2- to 8-line initial spaces. 38 lines. Type: 7:114R. (A little light spotting, light off-setting from a manuscript on h8v, stain in final leaf.) 18th-century vellum (rebacked in white morocco). Provenance: contemporary ownership inscription washed from final page -- Estelle Doheny (bookplate; gift to:) -- Perryville, Missouri, St. Mary's of the Barrens, Vincentian seminary (sale Christie's NY, 14 December 2001, lot 140).
Fourth edition of Orosius' universal history, written to counter the prevailing belief among non-Christians of the time that disasters which had befallen civilisation were the result of the pagan gods, angry with worshippers turning to Christianity. It is printed at the first press at Vicenza. A copy in Munich has a purchase date of 1482. HC *12100; BMC VII, 1032 (IB. 31720); CIBN O-60; Goff O-99.
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