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    Nicephorus Xanthopulus; Flavius Cassiodorus. Scriptoris Vere Catholici, Ecclesiasticae Historiae Libri Decem Et Octo....

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    Nicephorus Callistus Xanthopulus and Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus. Scriptoris Vere Catholici, Ecclesiasticae Historiae Libri Decem Et Octo... Adiecimus quoque ad Nicephorum, Magni Aurelii Cassiodori Tripartitam, quam vocant, Historiam... [i.e. Historiae Ecclesiasticae Quam Tripartitam Vocant Libri XII.] Paris: Sebastien Nivelle, 1574.

    Folio. Approximately 13.5 x 9.75 inches. 6, ¥ -3¥6, a-z, A-2C6; A-N6, O-P4. [48], 1174 columns (587 pages), [1], 146, 263 (147 pages), [9] pages. Nivelle's devices on title-pages, decorated initials, head-pieces. Full eighteenth century vellum, burgundy gilt morocco lettering label on spine, wormholes in base of spine, corners bumped; bookplates "Ex libris Marchionis Salsae" (eighteenth or nineteenth century armorial) and "Comme je fus" (nineteenth century armorial) "William, 3rd Viscount Dudley." Some minor foxing and paper toning, minor wormholes in first gathering. Ink signature and markings on title-page and in a few places in text. Still, a very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    "Nicephorus Callistus Xanthopoulos, of Constantinople, the last of the Greek ecclesiastical historians, flourished around 1320.His Historia Ecclesiastica, in eighteen books, brings the narrative down to 610; for the first four centuries the author is largely dependent on his predecessors, Eusebius, Socrates Scholasticus, Sozomen, Theodoret and Evagrius, his additions showing very little critical faculty; for the later period his labours, based on documents now no longer extant, to which he had free access, though he used them also with small discrimination, are much more valuable. A table of contents of another five books, continuing the history to the death of Leo the Philosopher in 911, also exists, but whether the books were ever actually written is doubtful. Some modern scholars are of opinion that Nicephorus appropriated and passed off as his own the work of an unknown author of the 10th century. The plan of the work is good and, in spite of its fables and superstitious absurdities, contains important facts which would otherwise have been unknown. The history of Roman Catholicism receives little attention.Only one manuscript of the history is known; it was stolen by a Turkish soldier from the library at Buda during the reign of Matthias Corvinus of Hungary and taken to Constantinople, where it was bought by a Christian and eventually reached the imperial library at Vienna.Nicephorus was also the author of lists of the emperors and patriarchs of Constantinople, of a poem on the capture of Jerusalem, and of a synopsis of the Scriptures, all in iambics; and of commentaries on liturgical poems." [EB 11th ed.]
    This is a rare edition of these works published jointly by Guillaume Chaudiere, Gilles Gourbin, Sebastien Nivelle and Michel Sonnius with variations of the imprint title-pages. See:Renouard, Imprimeurs -- fasc.Cavellat, 342 note.

    Hoffmann II,623 (1573).Adams N221 & C873 (1573).

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