1556 · Parisiis
The Apostolic Canons or Ecclesiastical Canons of the Holy Apostles is an important collection of => 85 ancient ecclesiastical decrees concerning the government and discipline of the Early Christian Church, here printed by a Reformation supporter. Andreas Wechel also printed the works of French humanists Petrus Ramus and Nicholas Durand de Villegagnon before narrowly avoiding the St. Batholomew's Day massacre thanks to Hubert Languet. He later moved to Frankfort, and died in 1581.
This offering is printed in single columns, with Greek text and Latin commentary surrounded by mostly Greek shouldernotes; Wechel's printer's device appears on the title- and final pages.
Searches of WorldCat, NUC, and COPAC reveal => no copies of this edition in a U.S. institution, and only one internationally in Rome.
Evidence of Readership: An early reader has added eight notes, one of which has been slightly trimmed through rebinding, that reference the Bible or other rule-sources.
Provenance: Early inked note on title-page reads "Ex. Bibl. S. Bern, Fulient. Paris"; institutional rubber-stamps (including a release stamp) of the Bibliothèque Impériale of Paris on title-page and three leaves of text. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
On Wechelus, see: Renouard, Imprimeurs parisiens, p. 435. Modern paste paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-lettered brown leather spine label. Moderate age-toning with spotting on first and last few leaves; faint waterstaining darkening to more noticeable towards the end, covering perhaps a third of the page; provenance and readership markings as above, with one rubber-stamp lightly offsetting onto facing leaf. (Inventory #: 37909)