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[BENEDICT, Saint, Abbot of Monte Cassino] [c480-c544]
La tresample et vraye exposition de la Reigle monsieur Sainct Benoist: tres Utile et n?cessaire ? toutes gens de Religion. [by Thibaud Arthauld]
Paris: [Pierre Vidoue for] Simon Vostre, [1510?]., 1510. folio. ff. [176]. complete with final blank. Vostre's large shield device on title, large woodcut of the crucifixion on verso. fine cribl? initials throughout. printed in b?tard type in double columns. A very nice (washed) copy (occasional light foxing), handsomely bound in full blind & gilt-stamped brown morocco in antique style, all edges gilt, by the French binders, Garden City, New York, 'H.Hardy, relieur, 1939, G.Pilon, doreur'. contemporary ownership inscription of the Celestine Monks of St. Malo on the second leaf. Kalbfleisch leather ex-libris. An exposition of the Benedictine Rule, which became the foundation of the monastic system in the West. Saint Benedict established his monastery at Monte-Cassino, near Naples, about 529, and instituted as the rule of his order, in addition to religious duties, various kinds of manual labour, the instruction of the young, and the transcription of valuable manuscripts. He eliminated the elements of Oriental asceticism, extreme bodily austerity, and eremitism from monastic life, insisting upon moderation, community life and family spirit. "[The Benedictine Rule] holds the first place among monastic legislative codes, and was by far the most important factor in the organization and spread of monasticism in the West." (Catholic Encyclopedia) BM STC French p. 47. Not in Adams.. Hardcover.
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