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    [Featured Lot] Prudentius Clemens, Aurelius. Psychomachia, Cathemerion, Peristephanon, Apotheosis. Hamartigenia. Contra Symmachum, praefectu(m)urbis, libri duo. Enchiridion Novi & Veteris testamenti. In calce adiecta sunt aliquot scholia, per Ioannem Sichardum. Basle: Andreas Cratander, 1527. 8vo. A-2F8,2G4. [16],454,[2]p. Contemporary limp vellum, lacks ties, soiled and wrinkled, spine has some breaks and slight loss; large margins, occasional stains in margins, printer's name at end censored; large margins. Printer's device [Fortuna] on verso of last leaf, historiated initials. First Edition with Sichard's commentary. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $750


    More Information: "A Christian poet, born in the Tarraconensis, Northern Spain, 348; died probably in Spain, after 405...He practised law with some success, and in later life deplored the zeal he had devoted to his profession. He was twice provincial governor, perhaps in his native country, before the emperor summoned him to court. Towards the end of his life Prudentius renounced the vanities of the world to practise a rigorous asceticism, fasting until evening and abstaining entirely from animal food...The two principal didactic poems are the "Apotheosis", on the dogma of the Trinity, and the "Hamartigenia", on the origin of sin. One is somewhat astonished to find Prudentius attacking ancient heresies, such as those of Sabellius and Marcian, and having nothing to say on Arianism. It is due to the fact that he closely follows and imitates Tertullian, whose rugged genius resembles his own. These poems are interesting examples of passionate, glowing abstractions, precise exposition being combined with poetic fantasy. ..Orthodoxy is his great preoccupation in these poems, and he invokes all kinds of punishments on heresy... The "Psychomachia "is the model of a style destined to be lovingly cultivated in the Middle Ages, i. e., allegorical poetry, of which before Prudentius only the merest traces are found (in such authors as Apuleius, Tertullian, and Claudian)...A genius more powerful than pliant, Prudentius displays a more versatile and richer talent than that of his pagan contemporary, Claudian. The rhetoric he disparages, he himself misuses; he often exaggerates, but is never commonplace. The superior of many pagan poets, among the Christian he is the greatest and the most truly poetic."

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