Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Rationarium temporum (A Concise Account of the Times)

Paris: S. Mabre-Cramoisy for F. & P. Delaulne, 1688. Later edition. Hardcover. Two parts, 8vo: [20], 526, [76 indices], [2 blank]; 241, [7 index]pp. Separate title for the second part. Each part with index; second part with tables throughout. Woodcut head- and tailpieces, lettrines; printed side glosses; text charts. Contemporary calf; spine with raised bands, elaborately tooled in gilt; dentelles; edges sprinkled in red. A very nice, amply-margined copy.

Later edition, enlarged and revised by the author. Continuing the chronological work of Joseph Justus Scaliger, whose groundbreaking De Emendatione Temporum (On the Correction of the Times) was first published at Paris in 1583, the Jesuit theologian, Denis Petau (1583-1652), produced his Opus de Doctrina Temporum (A Work on the Doctrine of the Times) in 1627. First published by S. Cramoisy at Paris in 1633, the present handbook of sacred and profane chronology offers in a concise format the results Petau's Opus. It was translated into many languages and remained in print well into the nineteenth century.

Provenance: With a charmingly naive 18th-century engraved bookplate of a jurist, “Ex libris Benedicti Goy Equitis in Curiis Paris. et Lugdun. Advocati”. Near fine. Item #49233

References: De Backer/Sommervogel 6:600

Full title and imprint: Dionysii Petavii Aurelianensis e Societate Jesu, Rationarium temporum, in partes duas, libros tredicim, distributum. In quo omnium sacra profanáque historia chronologicis probationibus munita summatim traditur. Edition ultima nonnullis accessionibus auctior facta, & ab auctore recognita. Parisiis: Typis Sebastiani Mabre-Cramoisy. Apud Florentinum & Petrum Delaulne in Sorbonâ sub signo imperatoris, M.DC.LXXXVIII.

Price: $450.00

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