Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Commentarius in Harmoniam, sive Concordiam quatuor Evangelistarum et Apparatus chronologicus ac geographicus (A Commentary on the Harmony of the Four Evangelists, with a Chronological and Geographical Appendix)

Venice: Balleoniana, 1735. Second Edtion. Two volumes, royal octavo (9-3/8 by 6-1/2 in.). xvi, 704pp; 6 woodcut illus., 2 half-page engraved vignettes, 1 folding engraved plate; lii, 348pp; 2 folding engraved maps. Text in Latin with occasional passages in Hebrew and Greek. Printed side-glosses. With four indices including "Evangeliorum per annum juxta missale Romanum" (Gospel Readings thorughout the Year according to the Roman Catholic Ritual). Titles with woodcut printer's vignette; woodcut head- and tail-pieces, initials. Contemporary vellum (mildly rubbed and stained), spines lettered and tooled in gilt; edges daubed in red. Light worm tracing at bottom gutter margin through 20 leaves in the first volume (not affecting text). Occasional light, mostly marginal foxing, else a very good set, folding maps crisp and clean.

Second edition of this detailed scholarly analysis of the Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, first pubished at Paris in 1699. Taken under the tutelage of the Oratorians at the age of twelve in his native town of Le Mans, Bernard Lamy (1640-1715) "soon evinced more than ordinary talent and versatility of mind. In 1658 he entered the congregation of the Oratory, and, after studying philosophy at Paris and at Saumur, was appointed professor in the college of Vendome and later at Juilly. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1667, and after teaching a few years at Le Mans he was appointed to a chair of philosophy in the University of Angers" (Cath. Enc.). A polymathic scholar, Lamy wrote widely on mathematics; mechanics; poetry; rhetoric; theology; ecclesiatical history; and biblical criticism. His zealous advocacy of Cartesian philosophy, however, resulted in the loss of his professorship in 1676. Some of the heterodox views expressed in the present work (that John the Baptist was imprisoned twice; that Christ did not eat the paschal lamb, nor celebrate the passover at his last supper; and that Mary Magdalen, and Mary the sister of Lazarus, were the same person) would involve him in a long series of disputes and eventually resulted in his dismissal from the Seminary of St. Magloire in Paris. Exiled to Rouen, he devoted the last thirty years of his life to a massive historical and architectural study of Jerusalem, tracing the development of the Temple Mount and its environs from the portable wilderness sanctuary which housed the Israelite Ark of the Covenenant. This lavishly illustrated folio volume was published posthumously in 1723 as De Tabernaculo Foederis, de sancta civitate Jerusalem, et de Templo ejus.

Illustrations: Woodcuts depict, i.a., an unrolled Scroll of the Law (Heb. Sefer Torah), Roman arms and ships; half-page engravings depict Lazarus, and the anointing of Jesus' feet; folding maps of the Holy Land and the City of Jerusalem. A folding engraved plate reproduces a Greek inscription at the Piscina Probatica (named after the Byzantine Church of the Probatike, more commonly known as the Pool of Bethesda).

Provenance: stamps of the Bibliotheca Albertinum Fratrum at title and a few margins throughout. Item #53305

Price: $500.00

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