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Socinus, Faustus.  Opera omnia in duos tomos distincta. Irenopoli [Amsterdam]: no publisher/printer [Frans Kuyper & Daniel Bakkamude], 1656 [i.e., 1668]. Folio (31.5 cm, 12.375"). Vol. 2 of 2 only. [2] ff., 812 pp. (i.e., 840), [5] ff., with [10] ff. sectional titles.

Socinus, a jurist-theologian from Siena, first met with Polish Antitrinitarians in 1578. He moved to Krakow in 1580 and devoted the rest of his life to fostering => a cohesive religious movement that denied the Holy Trinity based on rational exegesis of Scripture. While Socinianism and the Radical Reformation won many followers, Socinus (Fausto Sozzini, 1539–1604) was also attacked — in writing and, in 1594 and 1598, on the street!
        => This is the second of volume of the only edition, first issue, of the first and most important collection of Socinian documents and the second volume of Socinus' Opera. The contents of this volume are Contra Palaeologum de Magistratu; De Christo servatore, contra covetum; De Statu primi hominis ante lapsum; De natura Christi; and Contra theologicas collegii Posnaniensis (with seven subsections).
        The series in which this was published, Bibliotheca fratrum polonorum, comprised ten tomes published clandestinely ca. 1665–92 by the Polish Brethren called Unitarians. The near-complete works of Socinus himself, leading that parade of texts, occupy these first two, which were actually published three years after vols. III–V (by Johann Crell and Jonasz Szlichtyng), all with => false imprints.
        Excerpts of Socinus's => acrid debates with protagonists of the Reformation on baptism, redemption, (im)mortality, and the nature of Christ pervade the present volume.
        The minister-turned-printer Kuyper (1629–91) produced only Socinian works in the decade 1663–73, many edited by Andreas Wissowatius, Socinus's grandson, who had an influential hand in the present opera. The printer Samuel Przypkowski, whose shop also produced earlier volumes in the series of which these are a part, has here graced the text with refined tailpieces, large initials against a floriated background, and woodcut devices on the sectional titles (some initialed "HB" for printer Hendrick Boom). There are occasional Hebrew references in vol. II.
        Provenance: Deaccessioned by the Andover Newton Theological Seminary.

Knijff & Visser, Bibliographia sociniana, 2004–5 (for Bib. fratrum polonorum, see 2001–11); Estreicher, Bibliografia polska, XIII: 45–48; Knuttel, Verboden boeken 60; STCN/ Bock I: 46–54; Wallace, Antitrinitarian Biography; NCE 13: 397–8 ). Vol. 2 of 2 ONLY. Contemporary northern-European style vellum over boards ruled in blind, panels with blind-stamped central cartouches; lightly soiled and a bit sprung with vellum a bit bubbling. Institutional pressure-stamps (only); paper lightly age-toned with page-edges most affected. => A good, solid, substantial, and important volume.  (41676)   Please RESHELVE This.

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