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The Citie of God .. with the Learned Commentis of Jo. Lod. Vives.
George Eld, 1610. FIRST EDITION thus. Folio pp.(xx) 921 (xi) first and last blank. [A⁴, ²A⁶, B-4I⁶, 4K⁴] Roman letter, some Italic. Woodcut printer's device on title, large historiated woodcut initials, grotesque woodcut headpieces and ornaments, bibliographical note of 'E. H. Barker' on pastedown, autograph 'J Treacher' 1839 below. Title a little dusty at head, light age yellowing, a few tiny single wormholes in lower margin of opening leaves the odd marginal spot. A very good copy, crisp and clean in handsome contemporary English calf, covers bordered with a triple blind rule, strapwork arabesque gilt stamped at centres, spine with raised bands, expertly rebacked, original spine laid down, gilt ornament in compartments, in a green baize lined wooden case. First edition of the first English translation of St. Augustine's 'City of God', the first comprehensive survey of human history and the original text of that new science which Voltaire named 'the philosophy of history'. It is designed as a great apologetic treatise in vindication of the Christian Church, which Augustine conceived as rising in the form of a new civic order on the ruins of the Roman Empire. It was begun in 413 and appeared in portions until 426. The first five books deal with the polytheism of Rome, the next five with Greek philosophy especially the Platonists and neo-Platonists, and the last twelve the history of time and eternity. Many modern concepts of the just society in economics, and of the just ruler in politics, derive from the work which presents history as having the goal of the salvation of ma … [Click Below for Full Description]
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