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AUGUSTINUS, AURELIUS). [TORRES, JERÓNIMO]
CONFESSIO AUGUSTIANA IN LIBROS QUATUOR . . . REDACTA BY D. HIERONYMUM TORRENSEM
Dillingen: Sebald Mayer, 1569. Second Edition. Offered in a preternaturally well-preserved contemporary binding, this response to the Protestant "Confession of Augsburg" uses the words of Saint Augustine to defend Catholic doctrine. The title is a play on words by the clever Jesuit theologian Hieronynus Torres: the Latin title of the Augsburg Confession is "Confessio Augustana," to which Torres adds a single letter to reclaim Augustine's teachings for the Catholic Church. Protestant writers had used Augustinian arguments to support their cause, and Torres answers them here with the Church Father's own words. The Spaniard Torres (1527-1611) was a professor of theology and chair of that department at the University of Dilligen, which had been founded by the Catholic bishop of Augsburg in 1551 to protect the Catholic faith by training new clergy. He was much respected as a professor there, and at the University of Ingolstadt: "As a teacher of theology," writes Thoelen, "he avoided subtle questions, but explained and proved the dogmas of the Catholic religion with great acuity and clarity." This work also found a receptive audience: the 1567 first edition sold out within a few months. We have been unable to identify our binding by examining Haebler, Strunk, and EDBD, but the Lucretia and Paul rolls are very similar in design to those used in several Bavarian workshops, so it seems likely our volume was bound near its place of printing. Former owner Christoph von Wolkenstein und Rodenegg inherited the Prettau copper mine from his wife's family, and built it into a flourishing c … [Click Below for Full Description]
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