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    Minucius Felix. His dialogue called Octavius. Containing a defence of Christian religion. Translated by Richard James of C.C.C. Oxon. Oxford: Printed by Leonard Hichfield for Thomas Huggins, 1636.

    First English edition. Twelvemo (4.9375 x 2.625 inches; 125 x 68 mm.). [8], 165, [1, blank], [12, hymns] pages. With typographic head- and tail-pieces and two woodcut initials.

    Eighteenth century full dark brown morocco, triple-fillet borders rolled in gilt, spine lettered and tooled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, gilt board edges and turn ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Near-contemporary ownership inscription to recto of final leaf. Rear free endpaper is of a different marbled pattern than others. A few instances of light foxing, primarily to margins and preliminaries. Subtle moisture stains to top edge of leaves *1 through B12 and to fore-edge of leaves G3 to G5. Slight rubbing to boards and wear to board extremities and spine, with a bit of loss at the head and the third compartment from the foot. Overall a very good copy.

    A handsome copy of the first English edition of Minucius' Octavius, one of the earliest apologies for Christianity, and long celebrated for its eloquence and style : "Perhaps no late work, either Pagan or Christian, reminds us of the golden days of Latin prose so much as the Octavius of Minucius Felix" (Milman, History of Christianity).
    STC 17953.


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