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    Claravallensis Bernardus, Santo. (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux). Opera Omnia.
    Tam Quae Vere Germana Illius Esse nemo inficias eat, quam quae spuria et supposititia... Paris: Sebastian Nivelle, 1572 (colophon 1571). Krown & Spellman retail: $1200. Folio. a8, a8, A-2E8, 2F6, 2A-2o8, 2a-2l6, 2m4. (16), 410, 162, (200). Large printer's mark (Nivelle) on title page. Decorated initials. Contemporary pigskin over boards, embossed with small figures of Saints to binding, worn. All edges red. Head of spine and top of back board, peeling. With brass clasps intact, though top clasp damaged. Front joint starting. Small burn hole to lower outer margin of first two leaves, no affect. Small burn hole to g1, loss of couple of letters. Pencil notes to index only. Inner hinges cracked or starting. Worming in gutter margins. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.


    More Information: "Bernard, St. (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: 117.582. Graesse I: 343. Januschek 610. Not in STC.

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