Paris, Leipzig: Otto Harrassowitz, 1903. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. xxii, 862pp. Original red cloth with gilt lettering and ruling on spine. Cream endpapers. Titles page in Syriac and Latin, printed in red and black with red double borders as all the text throughout. With French introduction and Syriac text. No further volumes published.
The establishment of the history and identity of Isaac of Antioch is met with considerable difficulty. Various collections of Isaac's homilies and poems are attributed inconsistently in terms of underlying belief systems as well as the life span of Isaac, particularly John the Stylite referencing three Isaacs writing in Syriac, two Monophysite and one Chalcedonian. Bedjan concludes that at least two authors are included in the collection attributed to Isaac of Antioch. The main interest Isaac is concerned with lies in the application of religion to practical life. With considerable skill and great command of the language he denounces the abuses in the church of his day, particularly the monastic orders, at time compared to that of the Protestant reformers.
Binding with light wear and library sticker on spine, index card, bookplate and stamp on inside covers. Library stamps on first page of intro and last page. Binding and interior in overall good condition. vg. Item #45785