1623 Annales Ecclesiastici ex XII Tomis Caesaris Baronii S.R.E. Presb. Cardinalis, Bibliothecarii Apostolici in Epitomen Redact Editio Altera, Priori Longe Accuratior Una cum Vita eiusdem, Illustrissimi Cardinalis; ac noonnullis Posthumis Lucubrationibus, ad addales pertinentibus: necnon et notis ad eosdem Annales; Pro rerum illustratione et criminationum dilutione: ac breui Auctario ab eo tempore quo Baronius cessauit
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The second edition of this work.
In the original Latin.
Illustrated with a frontispiece and an engraved title page.
It was first published between 1588 and 1607 as a response to the Lutheran Historia Ecclesiae Christi (History of the Church of Christ) in which the Magdeburg theologians surveyed the history of the church in order to demonstrate how the Catholic Church represented the Antichrist and had deviated from the beliefs and practices of the early church.
Long before Baronius was appointed Librarian of the Vatican in 1597, he had access to material and sources in its archives that were previously unpublished or unused. He used these in the development of his work. Accordingly, Annales Ecclesiastici is considered by most as extremely useful and complete. The eminent historian Lord Acton called it "the greatest history of the Church ever written."
He began writing this account of the Church after nearly thirty years of lecturing at Santa Maria in Vallicella. In the Annales he treats history in strict chronological order and keeps theology in the background.
Originally published in twelve folio volumes.
Rebound in a half-morocco binding. Externally sound, though with wear to the extremities and some marks to the boards. Slight loss to the rear board, and closed tear to the head of the spine. Internally, firmly bound. Front hinge is strained, with cords visible. Institutional ink stamp to title page, and to endpapers. Pages are spotted throughout, with some heavier foxing in places.
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