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Grotius, Hugo. De veritate religionis christianae. Lugduni Batavorum: Ex officina Ioannis Maire, 1640. 12mo (12.5 cm, 4.92"). , 3–327 (i.e. 329: pagination 95/96 repeated), , 372 pp. $725.00
"Editio nova, additis annotationibus, in quibus testimonia": Early edition of this classic defense of Christianity by Grotius (1583–1645), the great Dutch philosopher and jurist. The first Protestant textbook of apologetics, this work was first published in Dutch verse in 1622 and then in a revised Latin prose rendition in 1627. The added annotations here have a separate title-page and pagination; the first part's pagination skips pp. 1/2 (between preface and first text page), with this collation matching that reported online.
Binding: 17th-century vellum, covers framed in a delicate and complicated gilt rolls with gilt-tooled corner fleurons surrounding a large gilt-tooled lozenge-shaped medallion; spine with gilt rolls creating four compartments, devices in three of these and information identifying the volume (now faded) in the fourth. Stations for attachment of ties clearly defined; gilt supra-libros and date as below.
Provenance: Front cover gilt-stamped "M.B.V.K. 1641." Front pastedown with small bookplate of 20th-century collector Harry C. Goebel (his vine design).
Brunet, II, 1765. Bound as above, some rubbing and thinning of vellum; spine title mostly effaced and closures now lacking. Bookplate as above, front pastedown also with early inked inscription; front free endpaper with remnant of paper slip once adhered, back pastedown with affixed printed slip regarding content. Front endpapers and fly-leaf (only) with small instances of worming; rear endpapers with faint corner waterstainings not reaching text; general age-toning and scattered mild foxing. => A solid, aesthetically pleasing copy with intriguing provenance. (41560) Please RESHELVE This.
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