Augustini de ciuitate Dei Basilee impressus. Explicit feliciter. Anno lxxix./ On leaf [191]r: Sacre pagine p[ro]fesso[rum] Ordinis P[rae]dicatorum Thome Valois et Nicolai Triueth i[n] libros beati Augustini de ciuitate Dei comentari feliciter inchoant. Comm: Thomas Waleys or Valois, Nicolaus Trivet.
Augustini de ciuitate Dei Basilee impressus. Explicit feliciter. Anno lxxix./ On leaf [191]r: Sacre pagine p[ro]fesso[rum] Ordinis P[rae]dicatorum Thome Valois et Nicolai Triueth i[n] libros beati Augustini de ciuitate Dei comentari feliciter inchoant.
Augustini de ciuitate Dei Basilee impressus. Explicit feliciter. Anno lxxix./ On leaf [191]r: Sacre pagine p[ro]fesso[rum] Ordinis P[rae]dicatorum Thome Valois et Nicolai Triueth i[n] libros beati Augustini de ciuitate Dei comentari feliciter inchoant.
Augustini de ciuitate Dei Basilee impressus. Explicit feliciter. Anno lxxix./ On leaf [191]r: Sacre pagine p[ro]fesso[rum] Ordinis P[rae]dicatorum Thome Valois et Nicolai Triueth i[n] libros beati Augustini de ciuitate Dei comentari feliciter inchoant.
Augustini de ciuitate Dei Basilee impressus. Explicit feliciter. Anno lxxix./ On leaf [191]r: Sacre pagine p[ro]fesso[rum] Ordinis P[rae]dicatorum Thome Valois et Nicolai Triueth i[n] libros beati Augustini de ciuitate Dei comentari feliciter inchoant.
Augustini de ciuitate Dei Basilee impressus. Explicit feliciter. Anno lxxix./ On leaf [191]r: Sacre pagine p[ro]fesso[rum] Ordinis P[rae]dicatorum Thome Valois et Nicolai Triueth i[n] libros beati Augustini de ciuitate Dei comentari feliciter inchoant.
Augustini de ciuitate Dei Basilee impressus. Explicit feliciter. Anno lxxix./ On leaf [191]r: Sacre pagine p[ro]fesso[rum] Ordinis P[rae]dicatorum Thome Valois et Nicolai Triueth i[n] libros beati Augustini de ciuitate Dei comentari feliciter inchoant.

Augustini de ciuitate Dei Basilee impressus. Explicit feliciter. Anno lxxix./ On leaf [191]r: Sacre pagine p[ro]fesso[rum] Ordinis P[rae]dicatorum Thome Valois et Nicolai Triueth i[n] libros beati Augustini de ciuitate Dei comentari feliciter inchoant.

Basel: Michael Wenssler [and Bernhard Richel] March 25, 1479. 1479. No signatures: [13-10, 2-610 , 7-10·8 , 116, 12-1510/8 168 , 17-1810, 19-218 , 2210, 238, 24-256,2610, 278, 286, 293. • [ Lacking leaves 1, 2 & 248] (245 of 248) leaves. First Basel printing of The City of God. Contemporary Pigskin over wooden boards signed tool of Nicholas Seman of Erfurt. Royal Folio: 46.2 x 33 cm. This copy is bound in blind stamped pigskin over wooden boards. With tooling by Nicolaus Seman of Erfurt (active around 1460-1486 in Erfurt and Würzburg) He was a goldsmith, bookbinder, type cutter.? Thieme-Becker XXX, 484. (Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, jointly edited by Ulrich Thieme (b Leipzig, 31 Jan 1865; d Leipzig, 25 March 1922) and Felix Becker (b Sondershausen, 27 Sept 1864; d Leipzig, 28 Oct 1928) The tool with binders name is used twice on the front board, and four times on the back cover with four other individual stamps one with a Heart surrounded by four stars and pierced by an Arrow. ( the original brass fittings and clasps were removed ) The interior of the text is quite crisp and clean, with initial spaces some supplied with amateurish guide letters supplied, other Romanesque Capitals are quite beautiful and artfully added in brown ink, reminiscent of the Printed Initials used by Anton Sorge. STC ia01241000: Goff A1241 : BMC III 726 & 738: GW 2885: Bod-inc A-527: Hain-Copinger 2058: Pell 1556: CIBN A-685: Girard 39: IBP 631: SI 419: Sajó-Soltész 375: Coll(U) 185: Coll(S) 117: Madsen 399: Šimáková-Vrchotka 189, 190: Nentwig 60: Martín Abad A-239: Günt(L) 399: Voull(B) 364: Voull(Trier) 72: Leuze(Isny) 31: Ohly-Sack 303: Hubay(Augsburg) 211: Hummel336 Wilhelmi 619: Sack(Freiburg) 351: Borm 259: Finger 96, 97, 98: Schlechter-Ries 157: Kind(Göttingen) 1926: Rhodes(Oxford Colleges) 195: : Sheppard 2338: Pr 7489-7534: BSB-Ink A-859: GW 2885: BSB-Ink A-859 / "Augustine is remarkable for what he did and extraordinary for what he wrote. If none of his written works had survived, he would still have been a figure to be reckoned with. However, more than five million words of his writings survive, virtually all displaying the strength and sharpness of his mind and some possessing the rare power to attract and hold the attention of readers in both his day and ours. His distinctive theological style shaped Latin Christianity in a way surpassed only by scripture itself.” (Encyclopedia Britannica 11th edition). Item #794

This is the first Basel printing of The City of God by Augustine with the commentary by Thomas Waleys and Nicolaus Trivet . ¶ Michael Wenssler was born in Strasbourg, moved to Basel at an early age and quickly became a prominent typographer and printer. His earliest work, is dated to 1472 and was one of the first books printed in Basel. Wenssler stayed in Basel until 1491. Wenssler and Richel collaborated on this printing project using a type font they jointly owned. ¶The City of God is St. Augustine's fifth century response to assertions that Christianity had caused the decline of Rome:
¶In defending Christianity, this Church Father delves deeply into many profound questions of theology, including the suffering of the righteous, the existence of evil, the conflict between free will and divine omniscience, and the doctrine of original sin. It is considered one of the saint's most important works a cornerstone of Western thought and a long established work in the traditional canon of the "great books." to read more see :

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