Adversus paganos (quos vocant) historiarum libri septem.

OROSIUS, Paulus.

Published by Cologne, ex officina Iasparis Gennepaei [i.e., Gaspar Genepeu], 1542., 1542
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8°, contemporary limp vellum (remains of ties, front hinge gone) stitched on a vellum fragment of a fourteenth (?)-century gothic manuscript. Woodcut border on title-page with portrait bust at top, 3 coats of arms at foot and floral ornaments on sides. Slightly browned, light marginal dampstains toward end. Overall in fine condition. (16 ll.), 516 pp., (1 blank l.). *** Reprint of the edition of Cologne, 1536, with a new rendering of the text by J. Caesarius. This world chronicle is the first universal history still extant to be written by a native of the Iberian Peninsula. Orosius aims to demonstrate that calamities such as famine, earthquakes and pestilence were not caused by the wrath of the neglected pagan gods, and that in fact, such events had become less severe since the spread of Christianity. It had a tremendous impact on historiography through the Middle Ages. King Alfred is reputed to have translated it into Old English. Orosius (b. ca. 390, d. after 431), a native of Braga (some say of Tarragona), was a friend of St. Jerome and a disciple of St. Augustine, at whose suggestion he wrote this work.*** Adams O301. Bibliografia geral portuguesa II, 111-2, 10.15 (citing a copy in the Biblioteca Nacional, Lisboa). BL, Pre-1601 German STC, p. 664. Catálogo colectivo O433 (listing one copy only, at the Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid). Graesse V, 51. See also Barbosa Machado III, 526-9; Antonio, Biblioteca hispana vetus, I, 235-46; Ward, Oxford Companion to Spanish Literature p. 428. KVK (51 databases searched): Universitätsbibliothek Basel; Zentralbibliothek Zürich; Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire - Etat de Fribourg; Biblioteca cantonale Lugano; Bibliothèque nationale de France; Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg; Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig;Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen; Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer; National Library of Sweden (digital resource). NUC: CtY, ICN. Bookseller Inventory # 24445

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Title: Adversus paganos (quos vocant) historiarum ...

Publisher: Cologne, ex officina Iasparis Gennepaei [i.e., Gaspar Genepeu], 1542.

Publication Date: 1542

Binding: Hardcover

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