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[Pseudo-Primasius].  ... In omnes D. Pauli epistolas commentarij. Lugduni: apud Seb. Gryphium, 1537. 8vo (18 cm, 7’’). [16], 653, [3] pp.
$1,200.00

The editio princeps of this important commentary on St. Paul’s epistles, attributed to Primasius of Hadrumetum by the editor Jean Gagney. It is now believed to be Cassiodorus’s revision of a commentary resulting from a compilation produced in the 5th century and revised by a Pelagian (probably Pelagius’s follower, Caelestius); Cassiodorus attributed it to Pope Gelasius and revised the Pelagian "errors" he spotted (Hovingh, 10).
        This theory on authorship was definitively confirmed by an owner of this copy: Alexander Souter (1873–1949), professor at Aberdeen and the author of studies on early Latin commentaries on St. Paul’s epistles. For his theory, he relied on => the early 16th-century bibliographical note in this specific copy, which highlights the question and suggests two reasons why the work was not by Primasius, mentioning also the similar case of Pseudo-Jerome (Souter, 321).
        Provenance: In his work, Souter called this copy "the Hort copy" as it was formerly in the library of F.J.A. Hort (1828–92), professor of divinity at Cambridge, who wrote a major edition of the Greek New Testament and commentaries on Romans and Ephesians. At the time Souter was writing, the copy was in the possession of Joseph Armitage Robinson (1858–1933), Dean of Wells, and the editor and commentator to St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. => The autographs of the theologians F.J.A. Hort, Joseph Armitage Robinson, and A[lexander] Souter all appear on the volume's fly-leaf, with that leaf's verso also bearing a contemporary bibliographic manuscript note in the same hand as three marginalia and a contemporary inscription (price?) on the front free endpaper verso. Most recently, in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
        => From the Gryphius press, this characteristically neat and attractive production bears different versions of the printer’s device on its title-page and last leaf verso.

Adams P2094; Baudrier, VIII, 107; Gütlingen, V, 411; Souter, Pelagius’s Expositions of Thirteen Epistles of St. Paul (1922); Hovingh, Opera Omnia Desiderii Erasmi (2012), vol. 7. Contemporary (French?) calf, stub from 15th-century manuscript (Psalms) used as spine lining, boards rubbed affecting blind-tooling; volume expertly rebacked plain-style, sans labels, with corners repaired. Title and last leaf verso a little dusty; text otherwise remarkably clean, with light age-toning, occasional very minor marginal spotting, and a small worm trail in gutter of final gatherings affecting a few letters. Title note visible as inked to darkened fore-edge, long ago. => A wide-margined copy.  (41341)   Please RESHELVE This.


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