A beautiful two-volume manuscript, written in Latin. A slip of paper within the work claims the books to be early 19th century. I bought them thinking that with the power of the internet I'd be able to find authorship (and a matching printed work), but I was unsuccessful and the work remains unattributed. From another loose slip in the book:
"Volume 1 is a history of the Catholic Church from the days of the apostles until the middle of the 11th century. Dates are frequently given, and reference constantly made to Roman Emperors, east and west. This seems to be largely a study of the Church as a political entity. Attention is paid to both east and west, even after the fall of the Western empire. Volume ends with "Schisma Gregorum". Last emperor referred to is Emporer Michael VI. There's a praefation which makes much of the universal, eternal character of the church."
Much of volume two appears to deal much with the authorship of various books of the bible, but it goes beyond that and is labelled an "Exegesis".
Each measure approx. 22 x 16.5 cm. Together they are 5.25 cm wide. Both have pasteboard boards with some form of marbled paper making up the spine. Paper slip says volume 1 (Historia) is 352 pages, and Exegesis is 248 pp..
See pictures. Spines a little sunned. Dante quote written on pastedown of first volume. Graphite bookseller notes on 1st blank endpaper. Occasional toned page. Occasional spot of foxing. Very attractive manuscript.
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