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Universae Theologiae Summa in Quator Partes ab ipsomet Authore distributa
Venetis [Venice]: Apud Franciscum Franciscium, Senensem, 1575. Vellum. Very Good +. 4 vols. 9 x 12 1/2 inches. All volumes wide-margined with clean pages and clear imprints on good paper and full of beautiful decorated initial capitals. Scattered age toning. Each volume with stamps of Bibliotheca Pusieana, Oxon. and small ink inscriptions to title pages. Bound in contemporary limp vellum now a little soiled. & • Vol 1: 1 ffep + Index consisting of A - G (6 leaf quires) + 2, and Pars Prima, A - Y (8 leaf quires) + Z (6 leaf quire) + Aa (4 leaf quire) + 1 rfep. Contemporary vellum. Possibly rebound apart from the other three volumes when Index appeared in 1576.& • Vol. 2: AA - CC (6 leaf quires) + Aa - Ffff (8 page quires) + 1 rfep. Handwritten author and Tom. number on spine.& • Vol. 3: a (6 leaf quire) + b (4 leaf quire) + A - Oo (8 leaf quires) + Pp (6 leaf quire) + 1 rfep. Handwritten author and Tom. number on spine.& • Vol. 4: 1 ffep + a (6 leaf quire) + b (4 leaf quire) + A - Mmm (8 leaf quires) + 2 + 1 rfep, several pages towards end with small worming in lower foremargin. Handwritten author and Tom. number on spine with two small losses to the vellum at the rear hinge. Alexander Hales (c.1185—1245) (also Halensis, Alensis, Halesius, Alesius, or as Doctor Irrefragabilis and Theologorum Monarcha) was an English-born Franciscan theologian. Alexander was fascinated by the Pseudo-Dionysian hierarchy of angels and how their nature could be understood in light of Aristotelian metaphysics. Alexander developed the doctrines of thesaurus supererogationis perfectorum (treasury of supererogatory merits) and the character indelibilis (sacramental character) of baptism, confirmation, and ordination. He also posed an important question about the cause of the Incarnation: would Christ have been incarnated if humanity had never sinned? The question eventually became the focal point for the philosophical theory of possible worlds and a theological distinction between God's absolute power (potentia absoluta) and His ordained power (potentia ordinata). John Gerson tells us "The doctrine of Alexander is of a wealth surpassing all expression. It is said that someone asked St. Thomas what was the best manner of studying theology; he replied that it was by attaching oneself to a Master. And to which Doctor? he was asked again. To Alexander of Hales, the Angelic Doctor replied." Gerson, Opera omnia. Epistola Lugdunum missa cuidam fratri Minori, vol. 1, p. 554. Pusey House is a center of Anglo-Catholic worship and Study at the University of Oxford, named after the prominent Tractarian Edward Bouverie Pusey. The Oxford (or Tractarian) Movement was a movement of High Church Anglicans, eventually developing into Anglo-Catholicism. The movement, the members of which were often associated with the University of Oxford, argued for the recovery of traditional aspects of the Christian faith, subsequently lost, and their inclusion into Anglican liturgy and theology and conceived of the Anglican Church as one of three branches of the Catholic Church. A very nice copy of this scarce treatise with a unique provenance.&
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