Venetiis (Venice): Hieronymi Albritii, 1717. Second Venetian edition. Hardcover. Folio (13 3/4 x 10"). Later 3/4 crushed morocco over black pebbled buckram, with gold lettering and ruling to spines. Marbled endpapers and paper edges. Each volume with additional engraved title (except two volumes: Commentarius in Josue, Judicum, Ruth, et Primum Librum Regum & Commentarius in Ecclesiasten), including one engraved by a certain E. B. (Commentarius in quatuor Prophetas majores); Augustinus à Via Veronensis (Commentarius in Salomonis Proverbia); Antonio Luciani (Commentarius in Evangelia SS. Mattaei, et Marci), and Petrus Redolfi (Commentarius in Acta Apostolorum). The others are unsigned. Publisher's large engraved vignette to each title. Decorative initials and tailpieces.
Second Venetian edition of this complete set of Lapide's commentary on the Bible, with Job and the Psalms added by other hands.
Rev. Cornelius Cornelii a Lapide, SJ (born Cornelis Cornelissen van den Steen; 1567-1637) was a Catholic, Flemish, Jesuit priest and exegete of Sacred Scripture. Cornelius a Lapide wrote commentaries on all the books of the Catholic Canon of Scripture, i. e., including the Deuterocanon, except the Book of Job and the Psalms. Even before departing Flanders, he edited the Commentaries in omnes divi Pauli epistolas in 1614 and In Pentateuchum (On the Pentateuch) in 1616, both in Antwerp.
"The commentaries on the Greater and Lesser Prophets, Acts of the Apostles, Canonical Epistles and the Apocalypse of Saint John, Wisdom of Sirach, and Book of Proverbs followed later.
The remainder were edited posthumously, and all of them have been re-edited several times severally and collectively. Of the Commentary on the Epistles of Saint Paul he lived to see at least eleven editions.
The complete series, with the Book of Job and the Psalms added by others, was published in Antwerp in 1681 and 1714; in Venice in 1717 (our edition), 1740, and 1798; in Cologne in 1732; in Turin in 1838; in Lyons in 1839 to 42, 1865, and 1866; in Malta in 1843 to 46; in Naples in 1854; in Lyons and Paris in 1855 and 1856; in Milan in 1857; and in Paris in 1859 to 63.
To the most widely-mentioned edition Crampon and Péronne added complementary annotations from later interpreters. All of the aforementioned commentaries are great in scope. They explain not only the literal, but also the allegorical, tropological, and anagogical senses of the Sacred Scriptures and provide numerous quotations of the Church Fathers and mediaeval interpreters. Like most of his predecessors and contemporaries, a Lapide intended to serve the historical and scientific study of the Sacred Scriptures and, more so, pious meditation and especially homiletic exposition." For more information, see: Charles Hebermann's "Cornelius Cornelii a Lapide" in the "Catholic Encyclopaedia" (1913).
Our set contains the following volumes:
- Commentarius in quatuor Prophetas majores: , 1054, pp (Index).
- Commentarius in Salomonis Proverbia: , 692, pp (Index).
- Commentarius in omnes divi Pauli Epistolas: , 772 (ie 762), pp (Index).
- Commentarius in Josue, Judicum, Ruth, et Primum Librum Regum. Tomus primus: , 276pp [BOUND WITH] Commentarius in Josue, Judicum, Ruth, et Primum Librum Regum. Tomus secundus: 292, pp (Index) [BOUND WITH] Commentarius in Esdram, Nehemiam, Tobiam, Judith, Esther, et Machabaeos: , 132,  (Index), 108 (Commentaria in Libros Machabaeorum. Argumentum), pp (Index).
- Commentarius in Ecclesiasten: , 260, pp (Index) [BOUND WITH] Commentarius in Cantica Canticorum:  (Prolegomena), 277, pp (Index) [BOUND WITH] Commentarius in Librum Sapientiae: , 245, pp (Index).
- Commentarius in Evangelia SS. Mattaei, et Marci: , 476, pp (Index) [BOUND WITH] Commentarius in Evangelia SS. Lucae, et Joannis: , 420, pp (Index).
- Commentarius in duodecim Prophetas minores: ,  (Introductory text), 620, pp (Index).
- Commentarius in Pentateuchum Moysis: , 852 (ie 832), pp (Index).
- Commentarius in Ecclesiasticum: , 792, pp (Index).
- Commentarius in Acta Apostolorum: , 280, pp (Index) [BOUND WITH] Commentarius in Epistolas Canonicas: , 437, pp (Index) [BOUND WITH] Commentarius in Apocalypsin S. Joannis Apostoli: , 272, pp (Index).
Moderate rubbing along edges of bindings. Sporadic foxing throughout. Minor and sporadic light water-staining along paper margin (not affecting lettering). Text in Latin. Bindings in overall good, interior in good to very good condition. g to vg. Item #45397