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Commentarius Literalis in Omnes Libros veteris et novi testamenti. In nine volumes

By Augustino Calmet

1730-8 - Dominici Marescandoli

14.5" by 9.5", 10, lxxxiii, 639; 589; 942; 955; 791; 817; 933; 1026, lviii; 977pp

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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An eighteenth-century commentary of all the books of the Old and New Testament in Latin.

This is the first Latin translation of Calmet's work, by Giovanni Domenico Mansi .

Features several folding maps and diagrams, head and tail pieces and capitals.

Complete in eight volumes bound into nine.

Antoine Augustin Calmet (26 February 1672 25 October 1757) was a French Benedictine. He was educated at the Benedictine priory of Breuil in Commercy, and in 1688 joined the same order in the abbey of St-Mansuy at Toul, where he was admitted to profession 23 October of the following year. After his ordination, 17 March 1696, he was appointed to teach philosophy and theology at Moyenmoutier Abbey. Here with the help of his brethren he began to gather the material for his commentary of the Bible, which was first published between 1707 and 1716. It was reprinted several times. The work inaugurated a new method of Biblical exegesis. Its author departed from the custom of giving an allegorical (mystical) and tropological (moral) interpretation besides the literal. The most valuable part of the commentary were the introductory prefaces to the several books and 114 learned dissertations on special topics. Calmet was a pious religious as well as a learned man, and one of the most distinguished members of the Congregation of St. Vanne. In recognition of these qualities he was elected prior of Lay-Saint-Christophe in 1715, abbot of St-Lopold at Nancy in 1718, and of Senones Abbey in 1729; he was also twice entrusted with the office of president or superior general of the congregation.


Gian (Giovanni) Domenico Mansi (16 February 1692 27 September 1769) was an Italian theologian, scholar and historian, known for his massive works on the Church councils. His long career was filled chiefly with the re-editing of erudite ecclesiastical works with notes and complementary matter. His name appears on the title-pages of ninety folio volumes and numerous quartos.

CONDITION

Rebound in half calf bindings with marbled boards. Externally very good with just a little shelfwear and fading to the spines. Three hinges are strained but holding firm. Internally, generally firmly bound with just one or two leaves working loose. Many pages are remarkably bright for the age of this set, but there are intermittant instances of browning. All volumes have instances of damp staining: in some cases with just occasional small marginal tidemarks, in others significant and some mould to lower margins ie in need of cleaning up. There are a few scattered spots and dusting to the textblock edges, occasionally affecting the margins. There are ink stamps of St Mary's Priory, London to all titles and some other pages. A few small closed tears to some folding plates. Overall: GOOD.


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