([Venice]: [Johannes Herbort, de Seligenstadt], for Johannes de Colonia, Nicolaus Jenson et Socii, 24 June 1481). 316 x 205 mm. (12 1/2 x 8").  leaves (first blank). Double column, 56 lines in Jenson's gothic type. Fourth Edition.
Modern retrospective calf, 15th century blind-stamped panels mounted on front covers, early brass clasps, new endpapers. Handsomely rubricated in red, with handwritten, flourished initial capitals; colophon with printer's device of Jenson and de Colonia. Recto of each leaf with headline inked in an early hand. Front pastedown with embossed armorial ex-libris of "Adm. Rev. Ricardi G. S. King M.A., Decani Derensis." Goff T-171; BMC V, 301; ISTC it00171000. One leaf (c7) with two two- to four-inch ink stains extending from head edge into text (nothing obscured), occasional trivial marginal stains or smudges, but AN ESPECIALLY FINE COPY, clean and bright with generous margins, the fresh leaves crackling when turned, and the binding unworn.
Set in the stately types of the great Venetian printer Nicolaus Jenson, this is a beautifully printed edition of a foundational theological work by two of the greatest scholars of the Medieval Church: the commentary of St. Thomas Aquinas on the "Sentences" of Peter Lombard. Written ca. 1150 and used as the standard textbook of theology in the Middle Ages, Lombard's four books of "Sentences" attracted multiple commentaries, but those of Aquinas (ca. 1227-74) are by far the most important. Considered, with Augustine, the most influential theologian in the history of the Western Church, Aquinas always sought in his writings to demonstrate that reason and revelation are compatible sources of truth, and his books are no less important to philosophy than to theology. His first substantial works grew out of his study of Lombard (ca. 1096-1160), whose "Sentences" had reduced to theological order the various official doctrinal statements made by the church. The present volume reflects on the fourth and final book of the "Sentences," dealing with sacraments through which God's grace is bestowed on mankind.
Printer Johannes Herbort ran one of the largest workshops of the period in Europe, and during 1480-81 he printed books for publisher Johannes de Colonia and Nicolaus Jenson & Co, using the types that firm had inherited upon the death of Jenson. Herbort's last book for that imprint was the 1481 Duns Scotus, after which the Jenson types were returned to Colonia. Former owner Richard George Salmon King (1871-1958) was the Dean of Derry in the Anglican Church of Ireland from 1921 to 1946. (ST16379-059)
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