by SAINT CYPRIAN (c. 200-258); Pontius of Carthage; NATHANIEL MARSHALL (d. 1730).
London:: W. Bowyer for W. Taylor and H. Clements, 1717.. 2 parts in 1. Folio. xliv, 278, , 276,  pp. Engraved frontispiece of St. Cyprian by Gerard Vandergucht [�I will that Thascius Cyprian be Beheaded�], woodcut head and tailpieces & initial letters; frontispiece and title-page loose, faint staining to margins not affecting text throughout. Contemporary blind-stamped calf, gilt-stamped red leather spine label, 6 raised bands; worn, COVERS DETACHED. Title-page ownership signature of B. Cassano; Theological Institute of Connecticut blind-stamps to first and last few pages. SCARCE. Good. Very scarce. FIRST EDITION of Marshall�s translation of St. Cyprian, along with his own dissertation and a biography of Cyprian by Pontius of Carthage. As noted in the title, Marshall translated John Fell�s Opera Omnia of Cyprian (Oxford, 1682), which is generally considered to be among the �best editions of Cyprian�s works� (McClintock & Strong, p. 626). � �This is the only translation of the whole genuine works of Cyprian, and in the main faithful; but the author sometimes makes the translation serve a purpose remote enough from the mind of the original� (Clarke, p. 206). In Clarke�s opinion, Marshall cannot resist presenting Cyprian�s words through the lens of the Church of England, considering his thinking to be in support of Marshall�s own cessationist high church views. � �The writings of Cyprian are numerous and valuable, as containing much curious and important information concerning the doctrines and discipline of the primitive church� (Knight, p. 467). � Vandergucht (1696/96-1776), who engraved the frontispiece, �was an English engraver and art dealer�born in London, the elder son of the Flemish engraver Michael Vandergucht. He was taught engraving by his father, as was his younger brother Jan Vandergucht (or John) (c.1699-c.1730). Gerard was also taught drawing by Louis Ch�ron, and studied at Godfrey Kneller's Great Queen Street Academy. He surpassed the restrained style of engraving favoured by his father, and became one of the leading engravers in London by adopting the French method of combining precise engraving with etched tones� (Wikip.). REFERENCES: ESTC, T102259; Clarke, Adam, A Concise View of the Succession of Sacred Literature, London: Henry & Haddon, 1807; Knight, Charles, The English Cyclopaedia, Vol. 2, London: Bradbury and Evans, 1856; McClintock, John & James Strong, Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature, Vol. 2, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1868. FULL TITLE: The Genuine Works of St. Cyprian, Archbishop of Carthage, and Primate of all Africa; Who Suffer�d Martyrdom for the Christian Faith in the Year of our Lord 258. Together with his Life, written by his own Deacon Pontius. All done into English, from the Oxford Edition; and illustrated with diverse Notes. To which is added, a Dissertation upon the Case of Heretical and Schismatical Baptisms, at the Close of the Famous Council of Carthage, Held in the Year of our Lord 256. Whose Acts are also herewith publish�d. (Inventory #: LV2157)
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