Opera. Saint Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria.


[ Strasbourg: Johannes Knobloch, March, 1522 ]. An important early scholarly edition of the collected works, preceded only by two editions, printed by Jean Petit in Paris in 1519 and 1520. The editors of the present work were Christopher Porsena, St. Ambrosius of Camaldoni, Johannes Reuchlin, and Angelo Poliziano. There is a preliinary essay by Erasmus on ff. 2-5, titled "Paraclesis ad Lectorum Pium," and a life of Athanasius by Erasmus on the final twenty leaves. With the final leaves of index. Title within a fine woodcut border with Biblical scenes. Large woodcut initials. Binding soiled, ink inscription from a monastic library, dated 1639, at top of title-page, additional early ink inscription on front pastedown. Text a bit toned, particularly the title-page. But overall a very good, clean copy. Contemporary roll-tooled pigskin, lacking fore-edge clasps. Folio. [6], 314, [10] ff. Item #16603

Athanasius Mabnus (295-373), bishop of Alexandria, was one of the greatest of the Church Fathers. He playe an important role combating the nontrinitarian doctrine of Arianism at the first Council of Nicaea. He is also known for establishing the New Testament canon, identifying the twenty-seven works which should be included. Though other lists have been proposed, Athanasius' list is the one the church adopted and the one that is still used today.

VD16 A3977. Adams A2080. BL German STC, p. 49.

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