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"Michel Le Quien 1661-1733, patristic scholar. In 1681 he entered the Dominican Order at Paris where he spent most of his life. His magnus opus was his Oriens Christianus, published posthumously in 1740. ""Le Quien contemplated issuing this work as early as 1722, and had made a contract with the printer Simart... In editing it, he used the notes of the Benedictine Sainte-Marthes, who had projected an ""Orbis Christianus, and had obligingly handed him over their notes on the Orient and Africa. The Oriens Christianus as projected by Le Quien, was to comprise..... the hierarchy of the four Greek and Latin patriarchates of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem, and that of the Jacobite, Melchite, Nestorian, Maronite and Armenian patriarchates...""--S. Vailhé in the Catholic Encyclopedia (c1913), Vol. IX, p.188. This is a massive work organized geographically. It is a comprehensive listing with biographical notes of bishops within the dioceses of the four ancient eastern Patriarchates: Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem. It also includes the Jacobite, Melchite, Nestorian, Maronite and Armenian patriarchates as well as dioceses in India and parts of Africa. With four superb folding maps of each of the ancient patriarchates. 4 large folding maps by D'Anville follows: Vol. I: folding map of ""Patriarchatus Constantinopolitani"" facing columns 1-2, 38.8 x 53cm. Vol. II: double page map (i.e. fold in center) of ""Patriarchatus Alexandrinus"" preceding columns 329-330, 38.8 x 48.6cm. double page map of ""Patriarchatus Antiochenus"" preceding columns 669-670, 38.8 x 48.6cm. Vol. III: double-folded map of ""Patriarchatus Hierosolymitanus"" facing columns 1-2, 49.5 x 36cm. Jean Baptiste Bourguignon D'Anville (1667-1782) ""perhaps the greatest geographical author of the 18th century, was born at Paris on the 11th of July 1697. His passion for geographical research displayed itself from early years: at the age of twelve he was already amusing himself by drawing maps for Latin authors... D'Anville's studies embraced everything of geographical nature in the world's literature, as far as he could master it: for this purpose he not only searched ancient and modern historians, travelers and narrators of every description, but also poets, orators and philosophers. One of his cherished objects was to reform geography by putting an end to the blind copying of older maps, by testing the commonly accepted positions of places through a rigorous examination of all the descriptive authority, and by excluding from cartography every name inadequately supported. Vast spaces, which had before been covers with countries and cities, were thus suddenly reduced almost to a blank.... In 1754, at the age of fifty-seven, he became a member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres... In 1775 he received the only place in the Académie des Sciences which is allotted to geography; and in the same year he was appointed without solicitation, first geographer to the king.""--Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th ed., II:157-158. Vol. I has a nice copperplate by C.N. Cochin, 10.5 x 18.8cm at the top of columns 1-2. There are woodcut headers & tailpieces variously of cherubs, vines, geometric patterns, etc. as well a just a few woodcut initial letters. Bound in 3 large volumes, in acid-stained calf with red morocco title labels, gilt spine with raised bands dividing into 7 panels, covers outlined by three narrow fillet's in blind, red page edges and marbled endpapers in reds, yellow, green-blue, cream colors. Spine ends chipped away on all three volumes, worn through leather at corners--corners consolidated with book adhesive; leather splitting top 9-10cm of both hinges on vol.1, top 6cm of vol. 2, and most of both hinges on vol. 2; rubbed and scuffed some; each cover has several places where the top surface of the leather has been scuffed loose--these have been pasted back down if present. There is a 3.7cm diameter library stamp on the verso of all titles. Vol. 3: bottom corners torn from leaf of Gg2 comprising a 2 x 3.5 x 4.3cm triangle, 2cm partial tear into Kk3 with repair, 3cm pre-binding tear and fold in top corner of Ggg3, small tear from bottom corners of Eeee1 and boottom edge of Llll3, triangular tear top corner of Pppp3 2 x 9 x 9.5cm; otherwise contents good+ with some pages having light tanning or foxing, otherwise clean. Collation. Vol I.: title leaf, a4, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Xxxx4, Yyyy2, a-n2 (last leaf blank). Vol. II: a1-2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Zzzz4, Aaaaa-Hhhhh4, Iiiii1, a-n2 (last leaf blank). Vol. III. (1) title leaf, (1) index leaf, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Tttt4, Vvvv2, a-g2. Pagination. Vol. I: (1) title, (1) blank, i-vi prÃ¦fatio, vii-viii Analysis, then numbered columns (2 columns per page): 1-1,450 columns, then pages: i-lpp, (2) blank. Vol. II: (1) title, (1) blank, iii-iv Analysis, then numbered columns -1606 columns, then pages: [i]-l, (2) blank. Vol. 3: (1) title, (1) blank, (2) index (i.e., contents), then numbered columns 1-1,416 columns, then pages: i-xxviii index. 3 Vols., Folio. 40 x 27.5cm (binding); 39 x 25.4cm (page block). "
Title: Oriens Christianus, in Quatuor Patriarchatus Digestus; quo Exhibentur Eccleisæ, Patriarchæ, Cæterique Præsules Totius Orientis. Studio & opera R.P.F. Michaelis Le Quien, Morino-Boloniensis, Ordinis Fratrum Prædicatorum. Opus Posthumum.... [three lines, then printer's device]
Publisher: Parisiis, Ex Typographia Regia.: M.DCCXL.  1740
Weight: 2.00 Item
Item Number: 17938
Keywords: 18th Century Books, Orthodox Church, Church History, Bindings-Leather, Maps,