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    An Early Printed Edition of the Works of "Gregory the Great"

    Pope [and Saint] Gregory I ("Gregory the Great") and Johannes [Jean Charlier de] Gerson. ... septe[m] penite[n]tiales explanatio admodum utilis: cu[m] tabula materiarum. Paris: Jean Barbier for Jean Petit, [1511.] [Bound with:] Expositio beati Gregorii pape super Cantica canticoru[m] Parisiis nuper impressa. Paris: Jean Barbier for Jean Petit, 1511. [Bound with:] Johannes [Jean Charlier de] Gerson. Regule morales Johan[n]is de Gersonno doctoris christianissimi. Paris: Jean Petit, 1516. Three small octavo volumes bound in one. A-I8, K4; a-e8 [-e8 blank, usually lacking - see Renouard]; A-D8, E4 [E4 blank present]. Three Petit devices [Renouard, 889] on title-pages, all initials colored in later blue, red, and yellow-gold inks.
    Eighteenth-century full limp vellum, yapp fore-edge. Old Jesuit ownership inscription on first title-page, some light marginal or intertextual stains. Overall, a very good copy with good margins.
    Septem: Renouard, Imp. Parisiens, III, 178 (Barbier). Adams G1178. BM (French) 61. Moreau II, 100.
    Expositio: Renouard, Imp. Parisiens, 175 (Barbier). BM (French) 61. Adams G1182. Moreau II, 97.
    Regule: Moreau II, 1354.
    From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Gregory I "The Great", Pope & Saint; Johannes [Jean Charlier de] Gerson... septe(m) penite(n)tiales explanatio admodum utilis: cu(m) tabula materiarum. Paris: Jean Barbier for Jean Petit,[1511.] [bound with:] Expositio beati Gregorii pape super Cantica canticoru(m) Parisiis nuper impressa. Paris: Jean Barbier for Jean Petit, 1511. [bound with:] Gerson: Regule morales Johan(n)is de Gersonno doctoris christianissimi. Paris: Jean Petit, 1516. Paris: Jean Petit, 1511 - 1516. Small 8vo. 3 vols. in 1. A-I8,K4;a-e8 [-e8 blank, usually lacking see Renouard];A-D8,E4 [E4 blank present]. 18th c. vellum, yapp fore-edge; old Jesuit ownership inscription on first t.p., some light marginal stains, Occ. light stains, a very good copy with good margins. 3 Petit devices [Renouard 889] on t.p.s, All initials colored in blue, red, and yellow-gold inks (later).

    Gregory I was born at Rome about 540 and died 12 March 604. "Gregory is certainly one of the most notable figures in Ecclesiastical History. He has exercised in many respects a momentous influence on the doctrine, the organization, and the discipline of the Catholic Church. To him we must look for an explanation of the religious situation of the Middle Ages; indeed, if no account were taken of his work, the evolution of the form of medieval Christianity would be almost inexplicable. And further, in so far as the modern Catholic system is a legitimate development of medieval Catholicism, of this too Gregory may not unreasonably be termed the Father. Almost all the leading principles of the later Catholicism are found, at any rate in germ, in Gregory the Great. (F.H. Dudden, "Gregory the Great", 1, p. v).

    "Gregory gave much of his time to lecturing on the Holy Scriptures and is recorded to have expounded to his monks the Heptateuch, Books of Kings, the Prophets, the Book of Proverbs, and the Canticle of V+Canticles. Notes of these lectures were taken at the time by a young student named Claudius, but when transcribed were found by Gregory to contain so many errors that he insisted on their being given to him for correction and revision. Apparently this was never done, for the existing fragments of such works attributed to Gregory are almost certainly spurious." [CE]

    Gerson (1363-1429) French scholar, educator, reformer, poet, and chancellor of the University of Paris. "Gerson wished to banish scholastic subtleties from the studies of the university, and at the same time to put some evangelical warmth into them, giving them a more spiritual and practical focus. He was called at this period of his life Doctor Christianissimus; later his devotional and pastoral writings brought him the title Doctor Consolatorius. His plan was to make theology plain and simple by founding it on the philosophical principles of nominalism. His method was a clear exposition of the principles of theology where clearness was possible, with a due recognition of the place of mystery in the Christian system of doctrine." [Wkd].

    Septem: Renouard, Imp. Parisiens, III, 178 (Barbier). Adams G1178. BM (French) 61. Moreau II,100.

    Expositio: Renouard, Imp. Parisiens, 175 (Barbier). BM (French) 61. Adams G1182. Moreau II,97.

    Gerson: Moreau II,1354.



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