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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,(11) 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 the letters 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, 298 or 299, of Photius were written between 859 and 886, from the beginning till the end of his Patriachy. They show the same acute criticism and learning as in his other works. It is thought that there were two collections of letters during Photius' lifetime. The first contained the letters 1/248, and was compiled ca. 875. The second corpus contained the letters 1/283 and dates from ca. 886. Part of the letters in the first collections was also incorporated in the 'Amphilochia'. The first collection, 1/248, was first published in 1651, with a Latin translation and notes, by the English Greek scholar Richard Montague, 1577-1641, from a manuscript in the Bodleian Library. who was bishop of Norwich, Text and translation by Richard Montague, 1577-1641, a well known Greek scholar, who later became bishop of Norwich. He used a manuscript of the Bodleian, and a manuscript brought to England by Chr. Ravius for 5 other letters. He previously edited Johannes Chrysostomus) (Provenance: coat of arms on covers: a shield with 2 eagles and 2 griffins in the quarters, flanked by 2 greyhounds standing on the hindlegs. Above the shield a ducal crown, left of the crown a bishop's mither, on the right a crosier. Stamp on title: Minderbroeders, Heerlen) (Collation: A - 3D4, 3E6) (Photographs on request) (Heavy book, may require extra shipping costs) 0 gr
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