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Methodius of Olympus, Saint: Episcopi et Martyris Convivium Decem Virginum. Leo Allatius haectenus non editum primus Graece vulgavit, Latine vertit, notas & diatribam de Methodiorum scriptis adiecit. Romæ [Rome]: Typis S. Congreg. de Propaganda Fide, 1656. 8vo., pp. [xvi], 435, [xiii]. Text in Greek and Latin. Printer's device of an elaborate bee on title page and p.386, initials and tailpieces. Some light foxing, a few small marginal holes not affecting text. Contemporary vellum, ink title to spine, edges mottled red. Spine slightly darkened, boards marked, a few surface wormholes, endpapers rumpled and dusted. Armorial bookplate to front paste down, ownership inscription of Michaëlis Angeli Giacomelli to f.f.e.p. verso. Booksellers notes pencilled to f.f.e.p., 'Autograph of M.A. Giacomelli, Archbishop of Chalcedon, with his bookplate'. Embossed armorial stamp to title page. The first complete edition of Methodius's 'The Banquet of Virgins' - selections had been published in 1644 at Paris - by the church father Saint Methodius, bishop of Olympus and then Tyre. Several of his other works survive as fragments, with this one, written around 300 AD and popular through the rest of late antiquity, the only one known in its entirety. A stylistic imitation of Plato's Symposium, except that the participants, a group of ten virgins, praise the state of virginity instead of love. The text is published in Greek with a parallel Latin translation.   Ref: 46400 
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Mortley, Raoul: The Idea of Universal History from Hellenistic Philosophy to Early Christian Historiography. Lewiston/Queenston/Lampeter: The Edwin Meller Press, 1996. First edition. 8vo., pp. ii, 233, iii. Black cloth, gilt lettering to spine, a little fading around boards, slight bumping to bottom edges of boards, two small marks to boards, edges lightly dusted, very good. Without dust-jacket. Author inscription to Averil Cameron. Texts and Studies in Religion, Volume 67.   Ref: 52106 
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Neusner, Jacob: Judaism and Christianity in the Age of Constantine. History, Messiah, Israel, and the Initial Confrontation. University of Chicago Press, 1987. First edition. 8vo., pp. xvi, 246. Dark green cloth, silver lettering to spine, light dusting to edges, almost fine. Dust-jacket, 2.7cm pen line to back cover, shelf wear, very good.   Ref: 52121 
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Orosius, Paulus: (Havercamp, S., ed.:) Adversus Paganos historiarum libri septem, ut et apologeticus contra Pelagium de arbitrii libertate. Ad fidem MSS. et praesertim Cod. Langob. antiquiss. Bibliothecae Florentinae Mediceae S. Laurentii, adjectis integris notis Franc. Fabricii Marcodurani et Lud. Lautii [...] Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: apud Gerardum Potuliet, 1738. First edition. 4to., pp. [xxxviii], 634, [xxx]. Title in red and black with engraving of both sides of an ancient coin, numerous further engravings of coins in the text. Occasional light spots and smudges but generally clean, three library inkstamps to title-page verso with one slightly offset to first page of text. Contemporary vellum, title inked to spine, all edges red. Darkened, a bit grubby, small stain to upper board, endpapers smudgy with library code to front paste-down, but still a very good copy. Important edition of works of the 5th-cent. author and pupil of Augustine, Paulus Orosius, including his 'Histories', an "apologetic response to the pagan argument that the coming of Christianity had brought disaster to the world" (OCD). It was not surpassed textually until the nineteenth century. The publication is also attractive for the large quantity of numismatic evidence that is used to illustrate the commentary. Schweiger III 622: "Neue Recens. der Geschichtbücher nach 11 Hdschr. u. älteren Ausgg."   Ref: 50151 
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Rodley, Lyn: Cave Monasteries of Byzantine Cappadocia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985. First edition. 4to., pp. xviiii, 266. Black cloth, gilt title to spine, bumping to corners, edges dusted, very good. Dust-jacket, spine sunned, shelf wear, very good.   Ref: 51938 
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Schilbach, Erich: Byzantinische Metrologische Quellen. [University of Thessalonica], 1982. First edition. 8vo., pp. xxvi, 204. Greek and German text. Cloth, gilt-lettered and decorated, spine slightly cocked and lightly faded, corners a bit bumped, edges lightly dusted, still very good. [Byzantine Texts and Studies 19]   Ref: 49245 
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Solerius Cemeliensis, Anselmus (pseud.) [Raynaud, Theophile]: De Pileo, Caeterisque Capitis Tegminibus Tam Sacris, Quàm Profanis. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: sumptibus Andreae Frisii, 1671. 12mo, pp. [xii], 379, [xxxix] + 4 plates, including 3 folding. Engraved title-page and second title-page with vignette, both part of first gathering. Many engraved illustrations, several of which occupy a full page. Bound without final blank, occasional light spots and smudges but generally clean internally. Recently rebound in dark brown calf, raised bands and brown gilt title label to spine, blind-tooled frame with corner tools to each board, endpapers renewed. Spine a little faded, very good indeed. A curious work on hats and headgear, pseudonymously published by the French Jesuit theologian Theophile Raynaud (1583-1663). The engraved title-page is signed by Romeyn de Hooghe; one folded plate is signed by Cornelis Galle.   Ref: 51878 
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Soloviev, Alexandre: Byzance et la Formation de l'Etat Russe. Variorum Reprints, London, 1979. 8vo., pp. 334. Blue cloth gilt to spine and front board, library stamps to front free endpaper. Cocked, but otherwise very good.   Ref: 25723 
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Stylianou, Andreas & Stylianou, Judith A.: The Painted Churches of Cyprus. Treasures of Byzantine Art. London: Trigraph (for the A.G. Leventis Foundation), 1985. First edition. Large 8vo., pp. 517. Brown cloth, gilt title to spine and upper board, small faint mark to bottom corner of upper board, another small mark to upper board near top edge by spine, edges lightly dusted, otherwise almost fine. White dust-jacket, spine discoloured with some toning to covers, a bit grubby with some shelf wear, two price stickers to front flap, very good.   Ref: 52119 
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Theophylact, Saint, Archbishop of Ohrid: Commentarii in quatuor Evangelia. Opus nunc primum Graece et Latine editum. Lutetiae Parisiorum [Paris]: Apud Carollum Morellum, 1635. Folio, pp. [x], 848, [xii]. Title page in red and black, with large engraved printer's device. Small paper flaw in centre of one leaf (no loss of text), a little minor spotting elsewhere. Later vellum boards, spine lettered in ink at head (now faded) with modern shelfmark inked at foot, long sides overlapping, small patch of damage to overlap of lower board, vellum slightly dusty and rumpled. Small modern library card to front pastedown, and stamp on half-title of St. Augustine's Abbey, Ramsgate. The commentaries on the gospels by the 11th-century Theophylact, Archbishop of Ohrid and head of the Bulgarian Church. The Latin translation is that of Philippus Montanus, first published 1564, and the Greek had been first printed in 1542 by Blado, although the title page of this edition declares that the two are here first edited together. Theophylact's work was based on Chrysostom's, but is noted for its clarity and and accuracy; it has only recently been translated into English for the first time.   Ref: 40545 
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