Orosius, Paulus: (Havercamp, S., ed.:)

Adversus Paganos historiarum libri septem, ut et apologeticus contra Pelagium de arbitrii libertate. Ad fidem MSS. et praesertim Cod. Langob. antiquiss. Bibliothecae Florentinae Mediceae S. Laurentii, adjectis integris notis Franc. Fabricii Marcodurani et Lud. Lautii [...]

Published: Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: apud Gerardum Potuliet,

Date: 1738

First edition. 4to., pp. [xxxviii], 634, [xxx]. Title in red and black with engraving of both sides of an ancient coin, numerous further engravings of coins in the text. Occasional light spots and smudges but generally clean, three library inkstamps to title-page verso with one slightly offset to first page of text. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, all edges red. Darkened, a bit grubby, small stain to upper board, endpapers smudgy with library code to front paste-down, but still a very good copy.

Schweiger III 622: “Neue Recens. der Geschichtbücher nach 11 Hdschr. u. älteren Ausgg.”

mportant edition of works of the 5th-cent. author and pupil of Augustine, Paulus Orosius, including his ‘Histories’, an “apologetic response to the pagan argument that the coming of Christianity had brought disaster to the world” (OCD). It was not surpassed textually until the nineteenth century. The publication is also attractive for the large quantity of numismatic evidence that is used to illustrate the commentary.


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