Venetiis [Venice: Aldus] in Aedibus Aldi, et Andreae Soceri, [April 1515].
First Aldine edition. Printer's device on title of Lactantius [A2] and verso of colophon of Tertullian [A5]. Collation: 2a-2b^8, a-z^8, A-Y^8; *^4, 2A-2F^8, italic type, rubricated in red and some blue throughout with initials and paraphs. 8vo. Rubricated Throughout. 17th-century English red morocco, tooled in gilt to a panel design. Binding worn, with front joint cracking, small library shelf labels affixed to spine, worming to lower margin of 2a1 just touching device, worming to text on 2F4-8 with paper repairs. Some contemporary marginal annotations, those in Book 1 of Divinae Institutiones washed out Ahmonson-Murphy 132; Adams L16; Renouard 1515/5. Provenance: Earls of Macclesfield (South Library armorial bookplate, dated 1860, and small embossed armorial stamp to first 3 leaves). Item #303201
Sixteenth-century Aldine printing of the early Christian authors Lactantius and Tertullian. This volume includes the De Ira Dei, a treatise against the Stoics and Epicureans, the De Opificio Die, written during Diocletian's persecution of the Roman Christiahs, as well as the Divine Institutes, Lactantius' most important work. It concludes with a interpretive Greek to Latin dictionary of commonly-used Lactantian phrases, printed in both the Roman and Greek alphabets.
The Lactantius is bound with another Aldine classic, Tertullian's Apologeticum, an apologetic work on behalf of the persecuted Christians of the early Roman Empire. Tertullian writes as a jurist, rather than an orator. This edition was published just after the death of Aldus in January 1515 and the preface to the Lactantius notes his death. This copy fully rubricated in red and blue ink, unusual for an Aldine octavo.
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