1545 · Romae
First edition of Theodoret's ten well-argued sermons exploring Providence, God's loving-kindness, edited by Nicolaus Majoranus, bishop of Malfetta. Theodoret may be known best for his involvement in the Nestorian controversy with Cyril of Alexandria.
While the dedication and some of the prefatory matter are printed in Latin, the main text is printed in Greek complete with sidenotes and unaccomplished guide letters; the title-page showcases a woodcut of the printer's device and Cardinal Niccolò Rodolfi's coat of arms (as the work was dedicated to him). An early user has also helpfully added title information to the fore-edge in ink, with a later user supplying the publisher ("A. Blado") in light pencil on the title-page.
Provenance: Circular institutional rubber-stamp reading "C.V.P.F." for the Collegium Urbanum de Propaganda Fide (Rome) on title-page; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Adams T485. Apparently not in Legrand, Bibliographie Hellenique. 19th-century quarter brown sheep and dark purple-brown leaf-patterned paper, spine lettered/ruled in gilt, rubbed with some loss of leather. Light to moderate age-toning/foxing; paper of two corners flawed in manufacture, small wormtrack to inner upper gutter from p. 201 through end (almost completely repaired). Provenance/use evidence as above. => Neatly printed, with signing in Greek. (Inventory #: 37851)