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    (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux). Opera Bernardi. Lyon: (Nicolas Petit), 1538.

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    Folio. Half vellum over boards, worn. Title page worn. Fair.

    Bernardus, Claravallensis, (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux). Opera Bernardi. Divi Bernardi Abbatis Clareuallis, ordinis Cisterciensis, . Opera omnia diuinae institutionis refertissima, accuratione iam denuo censura recognita ac reposita. Lyon: (Nicolas Petit), 1538. Folio. 2a-2b8, 2c6, 2d10, a-z8, A-V8, X6, 2A-2C8, 2D6, Aa-Ee8, Ff6. (26), 350, (76) ff. Half vellum over boards, worn. Lightly browned, dampstains throughout to outer margins, few ink stains, some ink underlining and notes. Title soiled and creased, repair to outer margin of verso. Title with historiated woodcut border, small decorated initials. Fair. From the Krown & Spellman collection.

    "Bernard, (1090-1153), Abbot of Clairvaux. Born of noble parents at Fontaines near Dijon, he early showed an inclination towards the monastic profession, and in 1112 with thirty other young noblemen of Burgundy, including his own brothers, he entered the monastery of Citeaux. When three years later he was bidden by the abbot, St. Stephen Karding, to choose a place for a new monastery, he established a house at Clairvaux, which under his direction soon became one of the chief centres of the Cistercian Order. Before long, Bernard was one of the most influential religious forces in Europe. In 1128 he acted as secretary to the Synod of Troyes and there obtained recognition for the Rules of the new order of Knights of Templar, which he is said himself to have drawn up....Bernard was above all a monk. The austerities and self-mortification which he practiced drew upon him the remonstrations of his friend, William of Champeaux, but they did not avail to change his manner of life...Indeed it was his saintliness and personality rather than the force of his intellect which made him so powerful in the Europe of his day, and found visible expression in the rapid growth of the Cistercian Order in the 12th cent. Under his influence. Bernard's writings reveal a clear and penetrating grasp of theological problems, a fine eloquence of which his sermons give some suggestion, and extraordinarily intimate acquaintance with the Bible, and above all, a faith inspired by the sublimest mysticism." (The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, p. 162).

    Index Aurel IV: 117.540. Baudrier XI: 451. Janauschek 484. Not in Adams. Not in BM.



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