Title: S. Ioannis Damasceni Opera, 1603
Author: Johannes, Damascenus; Jacobus de Billy; Carolus Borbonius; Joannes Chatardus; Claudius Roilletius
An uncommon early 17th century edition of the complete works of Saint John of Damascus, with numerous ornamental woodcut headers and initials, along with several woodcut diagrams. Some of the text is in Greek. The work includes treatises against iconoclasm, lessons from the Bible on theological and moral subjects), a theological work based on Aristotle’s ‘Dialectic’, and a complete exposition of theology.
Christian monk, priest, and apologist, John of Damascus was a reputable polymath whose fields of interest and contribution included law, theology, philosophy, and music. One of the Fathers of the Orthodox Church, he is best known for his strong defence of icons, and wrote works explaining the Christian faith, composing hymns which are still used even today.
Worlcat records 31 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
This volume has been wrapped in a large vellum manuscript fragment of Seneca’s Letters, Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium. Judging by the font, two column format, and sparse rubrication, this would be an early 15th century fragment, the 104th Letter, and Chapter 29.
One volume in folio, (17)+585+(12) leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the binding, some peeling to the foot of the front board, lighter peeling to the head of the spine, dent damage to the lower corner of the rear board with some peeling, and some denting to the upper corner of the rear board. There is sporadic worming throughout, mainly affecting the margins and gutters, though there are several small wormholes in the main text, and slightly stronger working from leaves 561-578. The first 12 leaves are foxed and stained. The rest of the volume is relatively free from staining, and only bears minor foxing throughout.