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S. Asteri Episcopi amaseae homiliae Graec? & Latin? nunc prim?m editae Philippo Rubenio interprete.

Asterius, Episcopus Amasenus.

Published by Ex Officina Plantiniana, apud viduam & filios Ioannis Moreti, Antverpiae, 1615
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First edition. A multi-part memorial volume from the Plantin?Moretus press in honor of Philippe Rubens (1574?1611), brother of the famed artist, whose Greek and Latin rendition of the Homilies by Asterius, Bishop of Amasia (ca. 375?405), occupies the first section of the text, here in Greek and Latin printed in double columns. Little is known about Asterius, Bishop of Amasea, and there has been much scholarly debate regarding exactly which homilies should be attributed to his authorship and which to other early Christians, including Asterius the Sophist; the Catholic Encyclopedia online says his works provide "valuable material to the Christian archaeologist." The second section here includes verses Rubens composed in the later years prior to his death in 1611 and dedicated to illustrious members of his circle including the humanist Justus Lipsius, Janus Woverius, and Peter Paul Rubens and Isabelle Brant, who married in 1609. Brant?s father, Jan, composed the introductory letter to the reader. The volume was published at the request of Cardinal Ascanius Columnas in an edition of => only 750 copies, and was printed at Antwerp at the press of Moretus? widow and sons with the famous Plantin device appearing in two versions (engraved, to the title, and woodcut, to the final recto). A full-page engraved funeral portrait of Rubens engraved by Cornelius Galle => after Peter Paul Rubens signals the beginning of the third section, in which Jan Brant records the life of his son-in-law?s brother and transcribes his epitaph. Even Balthasar Moretus contributes an epigram in honor of the deceased . In the fourth section, Rubens? own orations and selected letters appear, i.a. his funeral oration to Philip II of Spain. Josse DeRycke contributed the final funerary tribute. Done up in fully elegant Plantin?Moretus style, the volume has in addition to its careful typography and full-page plate and devices been lavished throughout with two-line block initials and four-line historiated woodcut initials; also, it offers several intricate woodcut tailpieces. Searches of NUC Pre-1956 and WorldCat locate only eight copies in U.S. institutions, one of which has been deaccessioned; most are => not in obvious places. 4to (24.13 cm, 9.5"). [6] ff., 284, pp., [2] ff. Graesse, I, 241; Corpus Rubenianum, XXI (1977), 152. Period-style full brown calf, covers framed in blind double fillets, spine with gilt-stamped red leather title-label, raised bands with blind tooling extending onto covers. With a few odd spots to the text only, this is a => remarkably fine, crisp copy. All edges green. Bookseller Inventory # 28878

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Title: S. Asteri Episcopi amaseae homiliae Graec? &...

Publisher: Ex Officina Plantiniana, apud viduam & filios Ioannis Moreti, Antverpiae

Publication Date: 1615

Edition: 1st Edition

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