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Item Description: Dilingae, typis & sumpt. Joannis Caspari Bencard, viduae & haeredum, 1721. (xiv)], 670 pp. Engraved frontispiece by L. Heckenauer and woodcut IHS-vignette on title-page. With index. 4to. 21x17 cm. Contemporary calf with raised bands, gilt spine, edges and lettering. Edges red. Nice copy. Apologetical work by the famous Italian Jesuit preacher Paulo Segneri (1624-1694) in the Latin translation by M. Rassler. "Since Savonarola there had been no one more influential on the masses by preaching than Segneri" (Michaud, Biogr. Univ., vol 41, p. 450; cfr. Bio-bibl. Kirchenlexikon, Bd. IX). His writings were recommended to students because of their clarity and precision as he deliberately avoided ornamental language. They were translated in many languages (more than 600 editions in sum); The first edition (Italian) appeared in 1690, the first Latin edition translated by Rassler in 1696. Cf. De Backer-Sommervogel VII, 1077. Browning as usual; some, mainly marginal, waterstaining. Condition : very good copy. [KEYWORDS: THEOLOGY, old & rare catalogus. Bookseller Inventory # 94132

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