1540 Synodi Nicenae (Second Council of Nicaea), translated by Gybertus Longolius. The Apostles Creed is recited.


You'll enjoy finding the wonderful, widely revered, and ancient Apostle's Creed recited in this 1540 work documenting the ancient Nicaean Council (year - 787 A.D., although here wrongly called 781).

This Concilium Nicenum recounts the findings of the second Nicene Council (translated from ancient documents by Gybertus Longoliuis), which are contentious; the second council decided that iconoclasts (those that avoided and destroyed religious imagery) were in the wrong, and there was cause for icons in the church. A summary, found near the beginning of the work, is heavily annotated and underlined, in an old hand, demonstrating the passion with which this topic was being discussed during the reformation when this edition was printed.

An interesting tidbit, an unusual printer's privilege reads, "per Imperium atque Brabantiam ac ultra Mosam". This wording is seldom seen and refers to a region of the Netherlands, The Duchy of Brabant and the lands of Overmaas.

The Apostles Creed -

Although the work documents the second Nicene Council, they return to the apostles creed of the first Nicene Council (year - 325 A.D.) near the end (Fo. leaf LXXXVII, or, page 87). It runs across the bottom of one page (recto) and the top of the next (verso), but I spliced them together for ease of reading in the last picture of the advertisement. The English version (and wonderfully sung by Third Day) reads:

"I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead."

"On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead."

"I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting."

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 31 x 20.5 x 2 cm. Referred to as a folio in older ads. A modern, full-leather, interpretation of the Cambridge binding houses the work. Blindstamped Cambridge style decoration to front and rear boards. Four raised cords to spine. The new endpapers are mould-made with Lana Ingres paper. All edges were once gilt, but now have some showing of dust upon them. Pages - vi, xcv. The folio leaves are numbered only on one side, so 190 printed pages if numbered as today.

Condition -

See pictures. Rebound in an interpretation of the classic Cambridge style. A few shelf wear marks and a bump at bottom corner of front board (light). Renewed pastedown/flyleaf, with a number of pencil bookseller marks on the pastedown. Toning to the text block papers, more near ends. Title page has a repair at the bottom (V shape tear repaired with similar paper pasted to the rear of page). Some soiling and thumbing to title page. Moisture mark at bottom, gutter which occasionally reaches up into the text, but is also sometimes not existing. Occasional spot and thumbing. A5 verso and A6 recto, Psellus de Septem Sacris Synodis Graecorum, annotated in an old hand. Last printed page has tiny ex-libris stamp at bottom of page, near gutter. A handsome book, that looks great on the shelf.

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