1548 · Cologne
by Pope Leo I.
Cologne: Melchioris Nouesiani, 1548. Hardcover. Vellum backed marbled boards. 4" x 6". Unpaginated. Book in very good condition. Title in ink on spine. Boards somewhat shelfworn. Engraved chapter initials. Library stamp on front free endpaper and title page. Piece cut off top of front free endpaper. Stain on title page and through several following pages. 25 pages show a worm trail. Scattered period underlining. Otherwise, book is clean and tight and in very good condition. All text Latin. Rare edition of a Latin-language history text concerning Pope Leo I. Pope Saint Leo I (d. 461), also known as Saint Leo the Great, was pope from 29 September 440 to his death. He was a Roman aristocrat, and was the first pope to have been called "the Great". He is perhaps best known for having met Attila the Hun in 452 and persuading him to turn back from his invasion of Italy. He is also a Doctor of the Church, most remembered theologically for issuing the Tome of Leo, a document which was a major foundation to the debates of the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon. The Council of Chalcedon, the fourth ecumenical council, dealt primarily with Christology, and elucidated the orthodox definition of Christ's being as the hypostatic union of two natures, divine and human, united in one person, "with neither confusion nor division (Inventory #: 141355)