Frankfurt: [ S. Feyerabendi ], 1585. One of the most important sixteenth-century studies of the Council of Trent, which Printing and the Mind of Man calls "the turning-point in the Counter-Reformation, [which] created the modern Roman Catholic Church" (P.M.M. article on Sarpi's history of the Council of Trent)., by a student of Luther's and Melancthon's. This is an early reprint of all four parts, each of which had appeared separately and then first collected in 1574. Each part with a separate title-page, the first printed in red and black. Each title-page with a large woodcut by Jost Amman. Text lightly toned throughout. Bookplate removed. Ink inscription on title-page, dated 1625. Terminal blank torn. A good, sound copy. Contemporary roll-tooled pigskin, worn at the head of spine, outer corners chipped, lacking clasps. Four parts in one, folio. , 188, ; , 243, ; , 206, ; , 160,  pp. Item #16604
Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586) was an important second-generation German, Evangelical Lutheran, Christian theologian, and a Protestant reformer. He studied under Martin Luther and Philip Melancthon at the University of Wittenberg, and later studied at the University of Königsberg. He returned to Wittenbeg in 1553 as a guest of Melancthon and in 1554 joined the faculty there. He was ordained to the ministry in 1554 by Johannes Bugenhagen. He became co-adjutor of Joachim Mörlin (1514-1571), who was ecclesiastical superintendent for the Duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. When Mörlin resigned in 1567, Chemnitz became his successor; he held the post for the rest of his life.
VD 16 X2171. Adams C1441.