27 - 28 June 2006
THEODORETUS, Bishop of Cyrus (b. ca 393). Opera omnia. Ed. Jac. Sirmond (vols. 1-4), and J. Garnier (vol. 5). Paris: Sebastian and Gabriel Cramoisy, 1642-84.
5 volumes, 2o (353 x 224 mm). (Some occasional pale spotting and browning.) 17th-century vellum, both covers on each volume fully painted (probably 19th century) with a scene from the life of Christ, spines gilt-decorated, brown and black morocco lettering pieces (some rubbing to paintings, heavier on volumes 2 and 4, front joint of volume 3 cracked, some wear at extremities). Provenance: E.F.W. Hudson (signature on titles); St. Germain de Pres, monastic library (inscription on title in vol. 5 dated 1689); with J. Motley Stark, London (ticket on pastedown); purchased from Emil Offenbacher, 3 July 1962.
A fine set of the works of Theodoretus, Bishop of Cyrus. The first four volumes were edited by J. Sirmond and were published in 1642. The fifth volume, not published until 1684, was completed by Sirmond's fellow Jesuit Garnier and contains an auctarium, comprising fragments of commentaries and sermons and some additional letters, together with Garnier's five learned but most one-sided dissertations on Theodoretus and his writings. The bindings are decorated with a series of 10 paintings, one on each cover, which show scenes from the life of Christ. (5)
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