Opera Theologica, Moralia, Historica, Philosophica, Mathematica & Rhetorica, quotquot bucusque haberi potuerunt omnia, in Vetus et Novum Testamentum, Salvberrimis in Moysis Pentatevchvm, Tobiam & Iobum, Libros Regum, Davidis Psalmos, Parabolas Salomonis & Cantica, Prophetas &c. explanationibus & Quæstionibus enodata: Moralibus doctrinis & expositionibus in quatuor Evangelistarum Evangelia illustrata: facundissimis in omnes Anni Dominicas & Festa Homiliis exornata: Svbtilissimis et Theologicis in Actvs Apsotolorum, Epistolas Pauli, Petri, Iacobi, Ioannis, Judæ & Apocalypsin Commentariis aucta: Historiis Anglorum, variorum Sanctorum vitis, vestis ac Martyrologio: Moralibus Physicisque Quæstionibus exculta: diversis ac plurimis variarum materiarum Libris & Tractatibus, scientiæ & pietati, Doctrinæ ac perfectioni utilißimis, locupletata. Hâc postremâ editione diligenter recognita, sedulò correcta, & divisa in Tomos VIII. Cùm Indice Rerum Verborumque copiosißimo. [At head of title:] Venerabilis Bedæ Presbyteri Anglo-Saxonis, Doctoris Ecclesiæ vere Illuminati]

By: BEDE, The Venerable.

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Binding/Condition: Bound full panel stamped pigskin, raised bands divide spine into 6 compartments, neat hand-lettered titles in second from the top spine compartment, pigskin soiled some, lightly rubbed some, page edges colored a dark green-blue, contents quite clean with a minimum of foxing.<br><br>Folio, 8 vols. bound in 4. Collation: engraved title leaf, letterpress title page in black and red, *4-6, A-Y6, Z4, Aa6, Bb8; title leaf, A2-6, B-Y6, Z8; title & 1 unsigned leaf, A-X6, last leaf blank; 2 unsigned leaves (title & contents), A-Z6, Aa-Oo6, Pp8; title leaf, A2-6, B-Z6, Aa-Mm6, Nn4; title leaf, a-z6, aa-mm6, nn4; 2 unsigned leaves (title & contents), A-T6, V8; 2 unsigned leaves (title & contents), A-Z6, Aa-Qq6, R8, a-h6, i8, last leaf blank. In vol. I, A2 is mis-signed A4; In vol. III, F2 is mis-signed F3; In vol. VIII, d4 is mis-signed d3. The columns are also numbered, but with many printing mistakes in the numbering as well as some pages having one column and others two columns.<br><br>


The Venerable Bede’s Opera, 8 vols. in 4, Pigskin, Cologne, 1688

Bede, the Venerable, Saint 673-735. Biblical scholar and ‘Father of English History.’ Best known for his Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum (Church History of the English People). “This..., a primary source for early English history, owes its value to Bede’s care in collecting information from those most likely to know, his meticulous listing of his authorities and the separation of historical fact from hearsay and tradition. Its interest is enhanced by the vividness of his descriptions.”--F. L. Cross: Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, p.148. He entered the monastery at age 7 (at Wearmouth and then soon thereafter Jarrow where he spent the rest of his life), was ordained a deacon at 19 and made a priest in his 30th year. He was a voluminous writer including many commentaries on the scriptures, translations of the scriptures into Anglo Saxon, lives of the saints, etc. “In his autobiographical account Bede lists over thirty of his written works.... Nearly all his works survive.... The most important loss is that of the St. John's gospel translation. Had it survived it would have been the earliest substantial piece of English prose... Among the most important and influential of Bede's works were those on chronology and computation... Easter had a special edge for Bede because of the divergence between the calculation of Easter which he saw as correct and that used by many Celtic churches, which could, in certain circumstances, diverge from the Roman Easter by up to twenty-eight days... Bede's treatment of Easter brings together the study (one might almost say, the scientific study) of computation with analogical theology, historical learning, and the homiletic use of history. This well illustrates the integrated nature of his superficially diverse works.” “The larger part of Bede's work consists of biblical commentaries: in all he wrote over twenty works on books or parts of the Old and New Testaments... In the main Bede's system of commentary and interpretation follows the analogical, or Alexandrian, rather than the literal... He does not, however, neglect the literal meaning of his texts; and in some of his works, such as the (early) commentary on the Catholic epistles (those of James, Peter, John, and Jude), lays more stress on literal and historical interpretations than he does in others... His scriptural commentaries long remained in wide demand. The power and success of his Historia ecclesiastica has for numerous observers overshadowed the importance of others of his works as mainstays of monastic education for many centuries.” “The work for which Bede is best known and most admired is Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, completed in 731. He himself seems to have regarded it as the culmination of his achievement, for he concludes it with an almost elegiac sketch of his own life and list of his works. The Historia ecclesiastica seeks to relate the history of English Christianity in some 85,000 words. After a short geographical and historical introduction, Bede gives some account of Christianity in Roman Britain, but devotes much of the first book and the whole of the remaining four to its progress in England between St. Augustine's arrival, in 597, and 731.”--Campbell, J. (2008, May 24). Bede [St. Bede, Bæda, known as the Venerable Bede] (673/4–735), monk, historian, and theologian. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 10 Jun. 2019, from https://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-1922.

Title: Opera Theologica, Moralia, Historica, Philosophica, Mathematica & Rhetorica, quotquot bucusque haberi potuerunt omnia, in Vetus et Novum Testamentum, Salvberrimis in Moysis Pentatevchvm, Tobiam & Iobum, Libros Regum, Davidis Psalmos, Parabolas Salomonis & Cantica, Prophetas &c. explanationibus & Quæstionibus enodata: Moralibus doctrinis & expositionibus in quatuor Evangelistarum Evangelia illustrata: facundissimis in omnes Anni Dominicas & Festa Homiliis exornata: Svbtilissimis et Theologicis in Actvs Apsotolorum, Epistolas Pauli, Petri, Iacobi, Ioannis, Judæ & Apocalypsin Commentariis aucta: Historiis Anglorum, variorum Sanctorum vitis, vestis ac Martyrologio: Moralibus Physicisque Quæstionibus exculta: diversis ac plurimis variarum materiarum Libris & Tractatibus, scientiæ & pietati, Doctrinæ ac perfectioni utilißimis, locupletata. Hâc postremâ editione diligenter recognita, sedulò correcta, & divisa in Tomos VIII. Cùm Indice Rerum Verborumque copiosißimo. [At head of title:] Venerabilis Bedæ Presbyteri Anglo-Saxonis, Doctoris Ecclesiæ vere Illuminati]

Author: BEDE, The Venerable.

Illustrator: Vol. I has a very nice engraved title page depicting various Biblical scenes and characters on the top two thirds. The bottom third depicts a harbor with boats filled with people sailing in with a city in the background. It is followed by a printed titl

Categories: 17th Century Books, Bindings-Vellum, Latin Language, Maps,,

Publisher: Coloniæ Agrippinæ [Cologne], Apud Ioannem Wilhelmvm Friessem juniorem. : Anno M.DC.LXXXVIII. [1688]

Binding/Condition: Bound full panel stamped pigskin, raised bands divide spine into 6 compartments, neat hand-lettered titles in second from the top spine compartment, pigskin soiled some, lightly rubbed some, page edges colored a dark green-blue, contents quite clean with a minimum of foxing.

Folio, 8 vols. bound in 4. Collation: engraved title leaf, letterpress title page in black and red, *4-6, A-Y6, Z4, Aa6, Bb8; title leaf, A2-6, B-Y6, Z8; title & 1 unsigned leaf, A-X6, last leaf blank; 2 unsigned leaves (title & contents), A-Z6, Aa-Oo6, Pp8; title leaf, A2-6, B-Z6, Aa-Mm6, Nn4; title leaf, a-z6, aa-mm6, nn4; 2 unsigned leaves (title & contents), A-T6, V8; 2 unsigned leaves (title & contents), A-Z6, Aa-Qq6, R8, a-h6, i8, last leaf blank. In vol. I, A2 is mis-signed A4; In vol. III, F2 is mis-signed F3; In vol. VIII, d4 is mis-signed d3. The columns are also numbered, but with many printing mistakes in the numbering as well as some pages having one column and others two columns.

Type: Book

Provenance: “Signet Library” written on the front paste-down e

Size: Folio, 38 x 24.2cm (15 x 9½ inches).

Item Number: 18003

Keywords: 17th Century Books, Binding-Pigskin, Biography & Autobiography, Church History, Church of England, Latin Language, Patristics & Early Church, Sermons, Theology, Commentaries,