Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Tou pany kyr: Confutatio imperii Papae in Ecclesiam (A Refutation of Papal Authority in the Church)

London: J. Taylor, 1702. First Latin edition. Hardcover. Octavo. [16], xv, [1], 439, [1]pp. Woodcut printer's device at title; additional half-title precedes main work; annotations; index, and errata. Contemporary calf, paneled in blind; spine elaborately tooled in gilt, morocco lettering piece; dentelles; edges sprinkled in red. Mild wear at extremities; bookplate and old shelf marks at pastedown and endleaf; else an attractive copy with fine, crisp text.

Collation: *8, A-2E8, 2F4 (= 236 leaves).

First Latin edition of this controversial work by Nektarios (1602/05-1676/85), the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem from 1661 to 1669, dedicated to Thomas Tenison, the archbishop of Canterbury, and King William III. Fabricius notes that Nektarios was born in Crete and educated at Athens under Theophilus Corydales. He was a strict partisan of Greek orthodoxy and endorsed the Confession of Mogilas in 1662. “During his patriarchate the Romish emissaries were very active in endeavoring to persuade the Greek Christians of Palestine… to unite with the Church of Rome; among them a Franciscan, named Peter, was especially active in distributing five tracts in defense of the papal authority. These tracts Nectarius answered by the publication of another, entitled [Peri tes arches tou Papa antirresis - On the Beginning of the Pope Antichrist] which is a fair refutation of the five principles laid down in the Roman Catholic tracts” (McClintock & Strong Cyclopedia 6:914). This refutation first appeared at Yassy in 1681 or 1682, and was later translated into the present Latin version by the eminent scholar and Huguenot refugee to England, Pierre Allix (1641-1717). The conclusion of the text notes “Excusus per Metrophanem Hieromonachum Giazi [Yassy], in Moldavia A. MDCLXXII” -- the year of the Synod of Jerusalem, which represented the climax of the Orthodox reaction against the heresies of Cyril Lucaris. Following the main text are two brief discussions of the Jesuits (pp.385-406): De Jesuitis (On the Jesuits); De Jesuita qui in Orientales nugas es mendacia effugiit (On the Jesuits, Who Spewed Falsehoods upon the Easterners). Dedication signed P. Allix.

Provenance: Bookplate (de-accession stamp) Cathedral Library Ely, where Allix’ son, John Peter (d. 1758) was dean. Very Good+. Item #49254

References: ESTC T115885. Graesse 4: 655. Fabricius, Bibl. Graeca 9 (1814), 310: “lucem videt moldauensibus typis a. 1682.”

Full title and imprint: Του πανυ κυρ [Tou pany kyr] Nectarii Patriarchae Hierosolymitani Confutation imperii papae in ecclesiam. Londini: extat apud Joannem Taylor, in Caemeterio Paulino sub signo Navis. Anno MDCCII.

Price: $500.00