Item #67385 Propositions and Principles of Divinitie. Théodore de BÉZE.
Propositions and Principles of Divinitie

"[Béze's] Greek Editions and Latin Translations formed the Basis of the Geneva Bible and the King James Bible"

Propositions and Principles of Divinitie. propounded and disputed in the vniuersitie of Geneua, by certaine students of diuinitie there, vnder M. Theod. Beza, and M. Anthonie Faius ... Wherein is contained a methodicall summarie, or epitome of the common places of diuinitie. Translated out of Latine into English, to the end that the causes, both of the present dangers of that Church, and also of the troubles of those that are hardlie dealt vvith els-vvhere, may appeare in the English tongue.

Edinburgh: Printed by Robert Waldegraue, 1591.

First English edition. Small quarto (6 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 175 x 139 mm). [12], 268 [i.e.274], [2, table] pp. Page 274 misnumbered 268. With an early discussion of each of the "Ten Commandments."

Contemporary calf, rebacked. Boards ruled in gilt. Spine with newer morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Spine decoratively stamped in gilt. Gilt board edges. All edges red. Inner hinges repaired. Small mark where bookplate has been removed to front free endpaper. Some repairs to inner margin of title-page. A 2.5 x 1 inch tear to the outer margin of leaf Z2, only affecting a few letters. Final leaf (the table) with some major repairs, with loss to a few words. Some dampstaining and toning throughout. Previous owner's old ink marginalia throughout. Front free endpaper with the notation that it was bought at the sale of the principal {?} library. Old ex-library stamps on leaf A2 (dedication) and Nn (last leaf). Overall a very good copy.

Béze [is] a French Theologian and Paris lawyer, who earned his reputation as a leading Latin poet with Juvenilia (1548). He converted to Protestantism and joined Calvin in Geneva. He was a professor at Lausanne (1549), and with Calvin founded the Geneva academy in 1559. In 1564, he succeeded Calvin as the leader of the Geneva church and Protestant movement... His Greek editions and Latin translations formed the basis of the Geneva Bible and the King James Bible. (Webster's New Biographical Dictionary)

There are only two copies in OCLC, and we could find no copies at auction in the past 50 years.

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Price: $5,000.00

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