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Tertullian (Quintus Septimus Florens) (160 - ?230 A.D.)

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edited and annotated by Jacob Pameli.
Paris, Michael Sonnium, 1583.

Description

4 volumes bound in 2. Tall folio. Vellum bindings with gold labeled and tooled spines.
The title takes up 17 lines. The title page has reproduction of an elaborately decorated printer’s device with the motto: “Quis contra nos si Deus pro Nobis.” (i.e. “Who can be against us if God is for Us.”)

Imprint: Parisiis, apud Michaelem Sonnium, Via/Iacobaea, Sub Scuto Basiliensi./rule/M.D. LXXXIII./Cum Pivilegio Regis.

Our volume I contains Tertullian’s Tomus I and II. It collates as follow: Epistle Dedicatory to Pope Gregory XIII. Begins on page 3 and runs through page 10; it is signed by “Iacobus Pamelius.” (Gregory XIII served as the 228th pope, from 13 May 1572 through 10 April 1585.) A dedication to the Spanish King Phillipp II, dated 1579, on pages 11-14, is also signed by Pamelius. Pages 15-17 Epigrammis. (page 18) “index” and Prolegemena. Pages 19-10 Table of contests. Pages 21-22 notes. Pages 23-46 Life of Tertuallian by Iacobo Pamelio. Pages 47-48 “Catologi Opera Tertull.” Pages 49-209 Tertullian’s text.

This is followed with two printed pages of “Extraict dv Priviledg dv Roy” dated July 1583.

Next a portrait of Tertullian enclosed in a 5 ½” diameter circle, with his name around the circumference.

Volume II title page has “Tomus Tertius” as heading but actually contains Tomus III, IV and V. This volume runs from page 384 through page 1278.

An index, printed on both sides of six leaves, is bound in at the end of the second volume. The title page of the index reads: “Loci ex Coniectura/Latini Latinii Viterbiensis/vel Restituti, vel aliter lecti/in Tertulliano post editionem/Iacobi Pamelii Brugen/Ann. M.D. LXXXIII./ (printer’s flower) I de praesidentium concessione.”
The colophon to the index reads: Romae, Excudebat Franciscus Zannettus. Ann. M.D. LXXXIV.”

The index is printed on a different quality paper than the rest of the book. It also employs different types, deconstructions and presswork than the main text. It is probable that the unbound sheets were taken from Paris to Rome. After the index was prepared and printed they were then bound together.
Ebert #2256 (Paris, Sonnius, 1624-30) has note: “The 1st. volume of this edition, only exegetically furnished, and not even this with importance, is commonly found in the 2nd Impression, Par. 1641, fol.”

Ebert #22565 indicates the work as edited by Pameli was first published as Antwerp in 1579, and repeated at Paris in 1583. Ebert says “A new and very industrious recension…” Sonnium issued a late edition 1598 with corrections and additional commentary.

Brunet lists only later editions of the work.

Pamelius (Jacques de Joigny de Pamele), Belgian theologian, born at Bruges, Flanders 13 May 1536: died at Mons in Hainaut, 19 September 1587. He visited all the libraries of the low countries to procure manuscripts and unedited works, and devoted himself to the publication of rare texts. For additional information see The Catholic Encyclopedia. (N.Y., Gilmary Society, 1911, 1913, 1939.) Volume 11 page 435.

Provenance: May originally have belonged to the Vatican Library. Both our volumes bear elaborately designed bookplates with ecclesiastical coat of arms. A simulated ribbon at bottom of bookplates has: “es libris. Fran. Xav. De Zelada Archiep. Petrae.”
Cardinal Zelada was appointed Vatican librarian in 1780, and in 1793 was Papal Secretary of State. In an article about the Vatican Library in the 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica (vol. 16 p. 571) it is noted: “…Pius VII acquired for the Vatican the Library of Cardinal Zelada in 1800…” The books may have been disposed of by the Vatican Library as duplicates at some later date. There is an inked mark inside cover with price of “70s” and penciled note "4 vol. in 2 $4.00.” Wofford College Library Bookplates with numbers 1003 and 1004. Early accession records of the Wofford Library are not available and it is not known how these volumes were acquired. However, it is probable that one of the early professors of the institution gave them to the library.