Title Opera Quaecumque Extant. Provdevnt nvnc Primvm Studio Joannis Garneri
Size Folio, 25 x 37.7cm
Location Published Paris, France
Book Number 17087
Marius Mercator, fl. 418-449; Latin Christian writer probably of African birth; friend & disciple of Augustine. "One of the most important sources for our knowledge of Nestorius's writings." Opera: First Collected Edition, Paris, 1673
MARIUS MERCATOR. Opera Quæcumque Extant. Provdevnt nvnc Primvm Studio Joannis Garnerii Societatis Jesu Presbyteri, Qui Notas etiam ac Dissertationes addidit. [12x12cm engraved device bordered by a snake eating its tail, two egrets fighting over a small snake and below a rural countryside] Parisiis, Apud Sebastianum Mabre-Cramoisy, Regis Typographum, viâ Jacobæâ, sub Ciconiis. M.DC.LXXIII.  Cum Privilegio Regis Christianissimi. Folio, 25 x 37.7cm. $575.00
Marius Mercator (fl. 418-449) "A Latin Christian writer, probably of African birth. A friend and disciple of St. Augustine, he wrote c.418 at Rome against Pelagius. Some ten years later, when in Constantinople, perhaps as the agent of Pope Celestine (422-432) he again wrote in defence of orthodoxy this time attacking both Nestorians and Pelagians. A collection of his writings, compiled about 100 years after his time, has survived in a Vatican MS. (Cod. Vat. Pal. 234). It consists largely of Mercator's translations of and replies to Nestorius's writings, made (acc. to E. Schwartz) for the Latin-speaking monks of Thrace, and is one of the most important sources for our knowledge of Nestorius's doctrines. Writings ed. [by] J. Garnier, J.J. (Paris 1673; repr. in J. P. Migne, PL, xlviii), on the basis of a Beauvais MS., since lost."--Cross: Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, (1963) p.858. "Nevertheless, his writings and literal translations are of permanent value for the history of the Pelagian and Nestorian controversies, inasmuch as not a few of the weightiest of the original documents are preserved exclusively through him."--G. Krüger in New Schaff-Herzog Ency. Religious Knowledge, VII:182. We offer the first collected edition of Marius' works.
Bound full calf with raised bands and gilt spine, 7 x 9 cm oval gilt emblematic design in center of each cover, most of leather of top spine panel chipped away, bottom third of bottom spine panel chipped away, leather split and chipped along hinges but covers are still firmly attached by the 6 cords, worn through leather at corners, rubbed & scuffed, red speckled page edges, light to medium foxing--heavier around edges of endpapers and first & last few leaves including the title page, small oval library blind-stamp on title and next two leaves--also on last leaf and rear free endpaper. Nice engraved (copperplate & woodcut) head & tail pieces as well as initial letters. Text mostly set in double columns--some with parallel Greek & Latin text.
Collation: A4, a-d4, e2, A-Hhh4, Iii-Lll2; 1 blank leaf, a-f4, g6, A-Zz4, Aaa2. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (5) Epistola, (1) catchword, i-xxxiii Præfatio Generalis, (3) Index Auctorum, (1) half-title, (1) blank, 3-433, (11) Index Materiarum + errata, (2) blank, (1) half-title, (1) blank, iii-lx Præfatio, (1) half-title, (1) blank, 3-364, (2) Index Auctorum, (6) Index Materiarum plus errata. OCLC locates 10 libraries in the U.S. holding this title: U. Calif. Berkeley; Pitts Theol Library Emory U.; Mercer U.; Loyola U. Chicago; U. Chicago; Boston Col.; Seaton Hall U.; Brown U.; Calif. State Libr.; Univ. Minn. Also 4 libraries in the Netherlands, 6 in the U.K. and one in Australia. Binding size: 25.7 x 38.8 x 6.8cm.
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