Lot 13: St. Augustine's Confessions, 1679
15th June 2017
Author: Augustine, Saint. Title: St. Augustine's Confessions: With the Continuation of his Life, Extracted out of Possidius, and the Father's own unquestioned Works. Place Published: [n.p.]. Date Published: 1679. Description: [iv], 402, [1 blank], 425-501, [1 blank],  pp [pp. 426-500 omitted in pagination]. (8vo) 18.5x11.5 cm (7¼x4¾") early speckled calf, raised spine bands, speckled edges. With early inscription on front free endpaper: "From the library of the first Duke of Atholl. See his arms of the back of the title page." With armorial bookplate on verso of title page. Scarce First Complete Edition of this English translation by Roman Catholic controversialist Abraham Woodhead. The first part, consisting of the Confessions, was first published in 1660 under the title The Life of St. Augustine, while the second, relating Augustine's life after his conversion, is based on the work of his friend and domestic, Possidius, and other of Augustine's works. "The Confessions is the first great autobiography in which personal confession and revelations are linked with the spirit of Christian piety and devotion. It was written soon after Augustine became Bishop of Hippo in 397, and none of his other writings, apart from The City of God, has been more universally read or admired. Its strength of thought and confession of weakness have been a constant support to Christians ever since." (Printing and the Mind of Man) Wing A4207 Condition: Wear and rubbing to binding with small areas of chipping and scuffing to leather, joints starting, rear hinge cracked, front starting; small areas of chipping or worming to endpaper edges, interior solid; very good.
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