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Aldus. TERTULLIANUS. Apologeticus adversus gentes.

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Aldus. TERTULLIANUS. Apologeticus adversus gentes.
 TERTULLIANUS. Apologeticus adversus gentes. Venice, Aldo Manuzio, 1515

8vo, 162x95 mm; 18th century binding, full marbled calf Havana, boards with a single gilt fillet border, spine with fillets and title label in red morocco, speckled edges, polychrome marbled endpapers; Leaves (4), 48. Colophon ?Venetiis in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae soceri, mense aprili 1515? on recto of the last leaf. Two printer?s device, on the recto of the first un-numbered leaf and on the verso of the last, Italic type. Bookplate ?Newbattle Abbey Library? on the front pastedown. Fine copy.

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Very rare first Aldine edition, by Giovanni Battista Egnazio. The Apologeticum is Tertullian's greatest work and a key text in the history of early Christian thought. It is the earliest Christian text to advance the idea of "vera religio" ? i.e., the idea that Christianity is the only true religion and that the pagans worship false gods. Second, the Apologeticum is the first of Tertullian's works to be written in the elevated juristic style for which Tertullian is remembered and which was to become the standard style of the Latin Church. Indeed, Tertullian has been called ?the first theologian of the west?. Giovanni Battista Egnazio recalls that in previous editions the Apologeticus was 'lacer totius et mutilus'. Copy from the Newbattle Abbey, a Cistercian monastery in Midlothian, Scotland. Adams L 16; BM, STC Italian 366; Renouard 70.
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