by SCHWEITZER, Johann Caspar (1620-1684) [alias SUICER].
Amsterdam:: Johann Heinrich Wettstein. 1682. hardcover. 2 vols. in 1. Tall 4to. [x] pp., 1476 cols.;  pp., 1602 cols.,.  pp. Vol. I engraved title-page and separate printed title-page. printed in red & black, engraved head and tail-pieces both vols.,. index; minor worming through first 10 pages Vol. I, top margin. stained (just touching top of pages involved) last several pages and. index Vol. II (not affecting legibility). Contemporary full vellum;. soiled, spine foot torn. Theological Institute of Connecticut blind-. stamps to first and last few pages. Bibliographic ink inscription.. Very good.. FIRST EDITION of SchweitzerÂ’s magnum opus. Â“This work shows immense erudition and extensive reading of patristic literature, and is still indispensable for students of the vocabulary of the Greek Fathers and of Greek ecclesiastical institutionsÂ” (Â“JohannÂ…Â”). Â¶ Â“Suicer rendered valuable service to theology by his thorough philological labors. His earliest works were text-books for studentsÂ…finally, the celebrated Thesaurus Eccles. (Amst. 1682, 2 vols. fol.; two enlarged eds. 1728 and 1821, with supplements:Â—Lexicon Graco-Lat. et Lat. Gracum (1683):Â—and, after SuicerÂ’s death, the Symbol, Nicaeno-Const. et ex Antiquitate Eccles. Illustratum (Traj. ad Rh. 1718, 4to.). Â…SuicerÂ’s learning in these three works, particularly the Thesaurus, is so evident that Charles Patin, in his Travels, observes that Suicer understood more Greek than all the Greeks taken togetherÂ” (McClintock & Strong, p. 12). Â¶ Â“For all too long, the patristic scholar has been chained to lexicons which, apart from SuicerÂ’s ancient Thesaurus ecclesiasticus, are not professedly patristicÂ” (OÂ’Brien, p. 137). Â¶ After studying at ZĂĽrich, Schweitzer Â“finished his education at Montauban and Saumur. In 1644 he was made teacher in the schools of his native town, and was promoted to a professorship of Hebrew, and later (1660) of Greek. His philological works are valuableÂ” (Schaff & Jackson, p. 2257). Â¶ The printer for this edition, Johann Heinrich Wettstein (1649Â–1726), Â“had an important printing and publishing business, from whose office excellent editions of the classics were issued, and also Gerard of MaestrichtÂ’s edition of the Greek TestamentÂ” (E.B., p. 564). REFERENCES: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 28, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1911; Â“Johann Kaspar Suicer,Â” available on-line at biblicaltraining.org; McClintock, John & James Strong, Cyclopaedia of biblical, theological and ecclesiastical literature, Vol. X, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1881; OÂ’Brien, Elmer, Theology in Transition, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany: Herder, 1965; Schaff, Philip & Samuel Macauley Jackson, A Religious Encyclopaedia, Vol. 3, New York: Christian Literature, 1889. FULL TITLE: Â…Thesaurus Ecclesiasticus, e Patribus Graecis Ordine Alphabetico exhibens exhibens: Quaecunque Phrases, Ritus, Dogmata, Haereses, & hujusmodi alia spectant. Insertis infinitis penĂ¨ vocibus, loquendique generibus Graecis, hactenus Ă Lexicographis vel nondum vel obiter saltem tractatisÂ…. . 2 (Inventory #: LV2161)
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