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Calvin, Jean.  Institutio christianae religionis ... Quae ad superiores editiones hâc postremâ, omnium emendatissima locupletissimáque recèns additasunt, statim post ipsius authoris Praefationem ad Regem Christianiss. inserta ad lectorem admonitio breviter indicat. Genevae: Apud Iacobum Stoer, 1618. 8vo (20 cm, 7.87"). [16], 541, [85 (index)] ff.

"The first systematic statement of a Reformed Church . . . the most important doctrinal work of the Reformation as a whole," as described by Printing and the Mind of Man. Calvin's magnum opus, originally published in significantly briefer form in 1536, was revised throughout the remainder of the author's lifetime; it appears here — printed at the start of the Thirty Years' War — in => an attractive Geneva edition featuring a striking woodcut printer's vignette on the title-page as well as decorative headpieces and capitals.

PMM 65 (for first ed.). Contemporary vellum, covers framed in blind double fillets surrounding central blind-tooled medallion, spine with early hand-inked title, all edges speckled brown; spine and back cover darkened, moderate wear overall. 19th-century seminary bookplate laid in. Foxing throughout, generally light; final portion of volume with pinhole-type and short slim-track worming in from small areas of fore-edge, touching a few letters in index (only) but otherwise not affecting text. Otherwise early inked underlining; one page with small ink smear in outer portion, touching but not obscuring two shouldernotes, and one page with similar smear in lower margin; one index leaf with lower outer corner torn away costing a few letters on one side. => A sturdy, satisfactory, and very usable copy.  (41582)   Please RESHELVE This.

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