1542 · Basel
First edition of this uncommon compilation of Augustine's biblical commentaries, with manuscript notes likely by an eighteenth-century reader. A Swiss theologian and reformed minister, Johannes Gast (d. 1552) was a prolific writer and a disciple of the celebrated early protestant reformer Johannes Oecolampadius. Gast is perhaps best known for his violent opposition to the Anabaptists; his De Anabaptismi (Basel, 1544) is among the most important sources for the history of that controversial sect in Basel.
References: Adams A-2186 (incomplete). VD16 A 4159. Not in Machiels catalogue of pre-1600 imprints; and notably absent from Le Long's copious listing of biblical commentaries in the second volume of his 1723 Bibliotheca Sacra.
Provenance: Manuscript entry of Isaac Gmelin Ministeri Durlacensis, 1757; later printed bookplate of K. W. Emil Körner, Lic. Theol. Full title: D. Aurelii Augustini Hipponensis Episcopi, Tam in Vetus quam in Novum Testamentum Commentarii, ex omnibus eiusdem lucubrationibus passim, in ordiné utriusque capitum, collecti, iam primum in pietatis studiosorum gratiam per Ioannem Gastium Brisacensem in lucem editi. Ad haec, adictus est in eosdem rerum diligentissimus Index. (Inventory #: 49134)