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Gregory, of Nazianzus, Saint. Gregorii Nazanzeni theologi Orationes lectissimae XVI. [colophon: Venetiis: In aedibus Aldi, et Andreae soceri, 1516]. 8vo (16.5 cm, 6.5"). , 311,  ff. $2,450.00
Editio princeps of this 4th-century saint's sermons in the original Greek. He is commonly known as Gregory the Theologian and is also remembered as the "Trinitarian Theologian" for his significant role in shaping Trinitarian theology among Greek- as well as Latin-speaking theologians. He is a saint in the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches; among Roman Catholics he is a Doctor of the Church and among the Eastern Orthodox he is one of the Three Holy Hierarchs, along with Basil the Great and John Chrysostom.
Markos Mousouros (1470–1518), Archbishop of Malvasia, edited the work and penned the dedication (in Latin) that appears on *2v–*7r. => Folio r is printed in black and red Greek type. This copy retains the true blank leaf  of the first quire and both printer's devices (i.e., on the title-page and the verso of the final leaf, which is blank on the recto).
Binding: 19th-century full tan calf => signed (on spine) Vogel. Boards with a simple gilt double fillet border with corner rondels; flat spine with raised bands accented above and below each band by gilt rule, a wide fillet in black, and another gilt rule, with gilt tooling on each band and gilt center devices in four compartments. Board edges with a gilt rope design and turn-ins with gilt roll. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Adams G1157; Renouard 75:1; Edit16 CNCE 21740; Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press Books, 128; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 144; Legrand, Bibliographie hellénique, I, 50; Panzer, VIII, 432, 788. Binding as above; front joint (outside) with excellent repair, each board with one small scuff, back lower outer corner with small leather loss, spine leather showing a few very fine cracks. Old cataloguing slip laid in. => A very good copy. (37982) Please RESHELVE This.
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