Elephant folio (15 3/4 x 10 1/2"). First bound volume: Primus tomus: pp., 542 columns (221pp); Secundus tomus: , 353, pp.; Second bound volume: Tertius tomus: pp., 674 columns (337pp), pp.; Quartus tomus: pp., 26 columns (13pp), pp., 1280 columns (640pp); Third bound volume: Quintus tomus: pp, 1138 columns (569pp), pp; Sextus tomus: pp, 42 columns (21pp), pp, 1179 [i.e. 1180] columns (590pp), pp; Fourth bound volume: Septimus tomus: pp, 664 columns (332pp), pp; Octavus tomus: pp, 1138 columns (569pp), pp. Half leather over blind-stamped pigskin, with gold lettering and tooling on spines. Raised bands. Beveled edges. Decorative metal clasps. Engraved title within architectural border. Publisher's device (Johann Herwagen the younger) on general title and at verso of the last leaf of last volume. Decorative initials. Handsome set of the first collected edition of Bede's works. These volumes include the author's most famous Ecclesiastical History of the English People, as well as all his scientific, historical and theological treatises, thus reflecting the range of his writings from music and metrics to exegetical Scripture commentaries. Bede's musical treatise "Musica practica" features numerous motets, and the following works contain numerous woodcuts depicting zodiac signs, geometric and astonomical figures: "De planetarum et signorum ratione," "De horologii," "De astrolabio," "De natura rerum," "De temporum ratione," "De temporibus," "De elementis philosophiae," "De divinatione mortis & vitae," and "De linguis gentium." These texts and treatises are contained in the first bound volume.The four volumes have been rebacked, but all have retained their original covers. Moderate to heavy rubbing to spines. Minor to moderate age-toning and soiling to covers. Clasps missing in the first and fourth bound volumes. Previous owner's armorial bookplate on inside of each front board (William, Esquire, of Quernmore Park and Bleasdale Tower, Garstang, Lancaster), with the motto 'Diligentia et honore' (With diligence and honor). Clear water-staining to upper margin of pages throughout the fourth volume. Text in Latin. Bindings in overall good, interior in very good condition. About the author: Bede (672/673-735), also referred to as Saint Bede or the Venerable Bede (Latin: Beda Vener bilis), was an English monk at the monastery of Saint Peter at Monkwearmouth and its companion monastery, Saint Paul's, in modern Jarrow (see Monkwearmouth-Jarrow), Northeast England, both of which were located in the Kingdom of Northumbria. He is well known as an author and scholar, and his most famous work, "Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum" (The Ecclesiastical History of the English People) gained him the title "The Father of English History". Bede wrote scientific, historical and theological works, reflecting the range of his writings from music and metrics to exegetical Scripture commentaries. He knew patristic literature, as well as Pliny the Elder, Virgil, Lucretius, Ovid, Horace and other classical writers. He knew some Greek. His Latin is generally clear, but his Biblical commentaries are more technical. Bede's scriptural commentaries employed the allegorical method of interpretation and his history includes accounts of miracles, which to modern historians has seemed at odds with his critical approach to the materials in his history. Modern studies have shown the important role such concepts played in the world-view of Early Medieval scholars. He dedicated his work on the Apocalypse and the De Temporum Ratione to the successor of Ceolfrid as abbot, Hwaetbert. Although Bede is mainly studied as a historian now, in his time his works on grammar, chronology, and biblical studies were as important as his historical and hagiographical works. The non-historical works contributed greatly to the Carolingian renaissance. He has been credited with writing a penitential, though his authorship of this work is s. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Opera Bedae Venerabilis presbyteri, ...
Publisher: Ioannem Hervagium
Publication Date: 1563
Book Condition: g to vg
Edition: First collected edition.
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