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PHOTIUS.
Phôtiou Patriarchou Kônstantinou-poleôs Epistolai. Photii Sanctissimi Patriarchae Constantinopolitani Epistolae. Per Reverendum Virum Richardum Montacutium, Norvicensem nuper Episcopum, latine redditae, & notis subinde illustratae.
London (Londoni), Ex officina Rogeri Danielis, 1651. Folio. (8), 393,(1 blank),(10 index) p. Contemporary calf. 35 cm (Ref: ESTC R12714; Hoffmann 3,89; Brunet 4,624; Ebert 16779; Graesse 5,276) (Details: Gilt back with 6 raised bands. Gilt coat of arms on both boards. Woodcut printer's device on the title, depicting a palm tree, the motto reads: ''Depressa resurgo'. 'Oppressed, higher I rise'. Printed in 2 columns, Greek text of 248 letters, with parallel Latin translation. At the end have been added 5 letters 'ex veteri codice orientali') (Condition: Binding somewhat rubbed. Upper & lower part of the front joint split over 4 and 6 cm. Tiny bump in front board. Small stamp on the title. Small hole in the text of leaf 2A2) (Note: This edition is the 'editio princeps' of 248 letters of the great Byzantine scholar Photius, ca. 810 - ca. 893, who was Patriarch of Constantinople from 858 to 867, and from 877 to 886. He was the leader of the Byzantine Renaissance, and left works of immense value. The most important is the 'Bibliotheka', a critical bibliography of 280 works with his comments. Gibbon said that it was a living monument of erudition and acute criticism. This work is often the best and only source of notable works now lost. Photius also compiled a 'Lexikon', a glossary drawing upon earlier lexicographic works. The 'Mystagogia' is a theological work treating the Trinity. The 'Amphilochia' or 'Quaestiones ad Amphilochium', concerns ca. 300 catechetical question-and-answer discussions of religion and philosophy. § The surviving letters of Photius, 298 or 299, were writte … [Click Below for Full Description]
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