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ARXIERATIKON. Liber pontificalis Ecclesiae Graecae. Edited by Isaac Habert.
Paris: Louis Billaine, 1676 (printed by Pierre Blaise in 1643). Folio (368 x 239 mm). [32], 749 [recte 753], [11] pp. Title printed in red & black with large woodcut printer's device. Text in two columns in Greek and Latin, commentary in single column. Woodcut initials throughout. Quires Eee-Ggg (pp. 597-632) misbound between quires Rr and Ss; light crease mark in some lower corners, faint marginal dampstaining at end. Contemporary French calf, spine gold-tooled, edges stained red (scuffed, edges rubbed, upper joint starting). Provenance: François Blouet de Camilly, with his armorial bookplate as bishop and inscription on the title; from the Macclesfield library (blindstamp on title and armorial bookplate, paper shelfmark labels on spine).*** A fine copy of the first printed Greek Orthodox pontifical. This is the second issue, with a new title added to the sheets of the 1643 edition. The Archieratikon is the book of Orthodox Catholic rites for service conducted by bishops (the Hieratikon was for priests). The extensive commentary was the work of the theologian and anti-Jansenist polemicist Isaac Habert (ca. 1600-1668), doctor of the theological faculty of the Sorbonne, prédicateur ordinaire du Roi, and, after 1645, Bishop of Vabres. This monumental work of erudition, "the results of his readings in the manuscript euchologies [prayer books] of the Bibliothèque Royale ... ensured him fame [and] is an essential source for the history of Greek liturgy" (Scholasticon, online biographical dictionary of early modern European and American professors of theology and philosophy). … [Click Below for Full Description]

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