1641 Annotationes in Libros Evangeliorum
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Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) was a prodigious Dutch lawyer. He entered University at Leyden at 12; and was appointed Historian of the States General at 18, and Advocate Fiscal at 24. He travelled to England in a diplomatic capacity in 1613, before becoming Pensionary of Rotterdam.
His Arminian theology and attempts to facilitate peace between theologically-opposed factions earned him a life sentence in 1618; although he escaped to Paris in 1621. He attempted to return to Holland in 1631, but was banished and settled in Sweden. In 1635 he returned to Paris in an ambassadorial capacity for the Kingdom of Sweden. He was killed in a shipwreck on a voyage home in 1645.
Bookplate to the front pastedown of David Arthur Pailin to the front pastedown. Pailin was a noted scholar and wrote many works on anthropology and religion.
Within his 'Annotations,' he applies philological criticism to the text of the Bible whilst contemporaneously moderating them with the assertion that (as in law) convention plays an enormously important role in theology, such that correct interpretation of the scriptures requires respect for the Church's traditions.
In a half calf binding. Externally, very smart. Bookplate for Prof. David Arthur Pailin on front pastedown. Internally, firmly bound. title-page in red and black with emblematic device, laid down, with date of publication written in a contemporary hand, both in Arabic numerals and in words in Latin. A little wear to the edges of some leaves to the start of the volume. Wormholes in bottom margin of pp. 1-34 and side margin of pp.215-224. Some damp staining and some of the paper is soft at the edges. Closed tear to page 209.
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