Early Church history, especially the history of the Greek Church, was a major interest among clergy and scholars in early 17th century England, as this impressive item witnesses. Eusebius (ca. 260?340), bishop of Caesarea, is the best known of the early Church's historians. He lived through many of the important episodes he relates in the Ecclesiastical History; for example he was an eyewitness to the persecution of Christians under Diocletian, and he was present at the first ecumenical council at Nicaea. Here, he appears with Socrates (ca. 380?450) ? the one who was a lawyer in Constantinople, hence known as "Scholasticus," the Greek term for lawyer ? who had compiled his history as a continuation of Eusebius's work, and with Evagrius (ca. 536?600), also called "Scholasticus," who compiled his history to augment the works of Eusebius and Socrates together, beginning with the Council of Ephesus (431) and continuing to 594. The first edition of Hanmer's translations of these histories was printed in 1577. This fourth edition is printed in English black-letter gothic with some roman and italic and ample shouldernotes; it is decorated with the Fielding "Anchora Spei" woodcut device on the title-page and a good scattering of handsome xylographic initials and xylographic and typographic headpieces. Appended at the end is a very lengthy chronology divided into columns, comparing events in the history of the early Church. Provenance: Front fly-leaf with inked ownership inscription of I. [or J.?] Roberts, dated 1827; title-page with early inked ownership inscription of Jlan. [Julian?] Gandy in upper outer corner. One page with early inked English annotation, possibly in Roberts's hand, in lower margin; one small marginal note in Latin. Folio (27.1 cm, 10.6"). , 192, 203?598, [18 (index)] pp. ESTC S121380; STC (rev. ed.) 10575. On Eusebius, see: Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 481; on Socrates, see the same, 1285; on Evagrius, see the same, 485. Contemporary speckled calf, framed and panelled in double blind fillets with blind-tooled corner fleurons, rebacked with speckled calf, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-stamped compartment decorations; original leather with scuffs, edges rubbed. Lower (closed) edges and foot of title-page institutionally rubber-stamped (no other markings). Trimmed closely at upper margins, occasionally touching headers. Gap in pagination from 193 to 202, as per ESTC. Pages age-toned with light waterstaining in several portions; scattered spots of minor staining throughout. One leaf with short tear to outer margin, touching a shouldernote; a few corners bumped. => A solid, attractive copy of this important Elizabethan interpretation of classical writings on the ancient Church. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The auncient ecclesiastical histories of the...
Publisher: Richard Field
Publication Date: 1619
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