Das Wesen des Christentums. Sechzehn Vorlesungen vor Studierenden aller Facultäten im Wintersemester 1899/1900 an der Universität Berlin.
Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs'sche Buchhandlung, 1900.
Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs’sche Buchhandlung, 1900.
First edition. Octavo (8 5/16 x 5 1/2 inches; 211 x 141 mm). , 189, [1, table of contents], [2, ads] pp.
Contemporary half black hard-grain morocco over dark blue morocco-grain cloth boards. Smooth spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt. Original brown coated endpapers. Some rubbing to extremities. A one-inch crack at the top of the front outer joint. Overall a very good copy.
“These lectures on ‘The Essence of Christianity’ by the then professor of church history at Berlin University were received with an enthusiasm unparalled for centuries in the field of religious pamphleteering. They proclaimed the fundamental concord of the tenets of the early Church as preserved in the non-Roman churches with the religious aspirations, the intellectual climate and the social and economic morality of the twentieth century; and innumerable reprints and translations broadcast this message of liberal Protestantism all over the world. Harnack [1851-1930] (ennobled in 1914) won internation fame as the leading student of the early Church...[His] influence upon the intellectual life of Germany was enormous. He was a co-founder and for many years the president of the Evangelic-Social Congress (1890) which brought together theologians, politicians and economists interested in the problems of social welfare...As director-general of the Prussian state library (1905-21) he initiated the work of the union catalogue of the German libraries as well as the international ‘Catalogue of Incunabula’ (Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke)” (Printing and the Mind of Man).
Printing and the Mind of Man 390.