Poitiers: J. Thoreau & A. Mesnier, 1638. 4to. [xviii], 624, . FIRST EDITION. Complete with approbation, Privilege du Roi, and index with errata on verso. Title printed in red and black. Contemporary original binding of richly gilt morocco, rebacked with the original spine laid down, spine gilt in compartments with raised bands. Presumably decorated with the arms of the family of the Des Cervon, Baron des Arsis, mentioned in the contemporary handwritten inscription in the first blank leaf that reveals that the book was given as an award to a worthy student of the Jesuit boarding school at La Fleche, thanks to the generosity of the Baron. Contemporary ownership notation on title from the novitiate in Paris (Domus Probationis Parisiensis). Despite some dampstaining and browning, an excellent copy from the library of Holland House with their armorial bookplate on the front paste down. Item #15684
First edition of this Latin translation in verse of Annales ecclesiastistici by Cesare Baronio, a history of the first twelve centuries of the Catholic Church. First published between 1588 and 1607 as an official response to the Lutheran Historia ecclesiae Christi (History of the Church of Christ), Baronio’s Annales treats history in chronological order and keeps theology in the background. It was in this work that the term “Dark Ages” in the Latin form saeculum obscurum was coined. The work is dedicated to François de Villemontée (1598-1670), knight and lord of Montaiguillon and of Villenaux and bishop of Saint-Malo.
Josset (1598-1663) entered the Jesuit order in 1607. He taught Holy Scriptures and oratory in various colleges, including Limoges, which at the time was very important and when many professors there had their works published. Josset also published a famous book on rhetoric in1650. Baronio (1538-1607) was an Italian Cardinal and historian of the Roman Catholic Church. As librarian of the Vatican Apostolic Library from 1597 he had access to sources and material never before used. Therefore his Annales represent one of the first works on Catholic ecclesiastic history based on critical examination of sources. Indeed, he is aknowledged by Roman Catholic writers as the “father of ecclesiastical history.”.