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    Lucius Coelius Lactantius Firmianus. Opera Quae Extant, Ad fidem MSS. recognita et Commentariis illustrata. [with] Dodwell, Henry. Dissertatio de Ripa Striga. Oxford: Sheldonian Theater, 1684. Krown & Spellman retail: $300. First Spark Edition. 8vo in 4s. [a]4,b4,A-6D4. [18], 514, 516-529, 531-554, 557-565, 560-782, 791-850, 853-912, [2], 24, 17-38, [2] p. 18th c. mottled calf, covers detached, spine gilt with royal crest, 1/2 title-label lacking, old owner's names on endpapers, some dampstains, x2 paper flaw. Sheldonian Theatre cut on t.p. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Lactantius (fl. 320) an eminent father of the church, was, as some say, the most eloquent of all ecclesiastical Latin authors. He formed himself upon Cicero, and wrote in such a pure, smooth, and natural style, and so much in the taste and manner of the Roman Orator, that he is generally distinguished as 'the Christian Cicero.'


    Thomas Spark (1655- 1692), classical scholar; chaplain to Judge Jeffreys; dedicated an edition of Zosimus to Busby, 1679; this was his first annotation of Lantantius. Wing L139.ESTC r14307.  Dibdin (4th) I,218.

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