Book Description

4to., pp. [viii], 517, [I]. Printer’s device to title-page, woodcut initials, decorative headpieces, wide margins. A little toned around the text, pp.41-46 a little crumpled at top corner, dampstaining to lower fore edge corner approx pp.95-100 making the paper fragile and causing some small holes (not affecting text), tiny worm trail at edge of gutter pp.287-302, approx 1cm wax spot to p.294 affecting but not obscuring text. Contemporary limp vellum, title extravagantly inked to spine in an old hand. Spine darkened, some spotting, thongs snapped at upper joint causing the binding to loosen with binders waste that has been used as a spine lining also coming away, rear joint firm, ffep a bit ragged at edges, pastedowns lifting, still good overall. MS notes to endpaper verso opposite title-page, dated 1648. A few scraps of paper with illegible MS in an old hand loosely inserted.
Dealer Notes
Seemingly rare in libraries in the British Isles, with COPAC finding only two copies, in the Bodleian and in Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Theologian Francisco Suárez (1548-1617) read philosophy and theology at the Society of Jesus at Salamanca and was ordained priest in 1572. He taught at the universities of Alcalá de Henares, Salamanca and Coimbra, as well as in Rome. He was one of the most highly respected thinkers of the Second Scholasticism, alongside Domingo de Soto and Roberto Bellarmino. This work on sacramental confession numbers among the 58 works of Jesuit penitential literature published between ‘1554 (when the first manual for confessors was published) and 1650 (when approximately the Jansenists began three campaign against this literature)’ complied by Maryks in his Saint Cicero and the Jesuits (2008). Maryks mentions in a footnote the omission of this, Suárez’s contribution to Probabilism, from his biography.
Author Suarez, Francisco:
Date 1628.
Publisher Brixiae [Brescia]: apud Bartholomæum Fontanam,

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