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SUAREZ, Francisco

Ad Primam Secundae D. Thomae Tractatus Quinque Theologici...

Lyon, Jacob Cardon, 1628

CONTEMPORARY LYONNAISE BINDING, WITH LARGE GILT SMALL TOOL DENTELLE : A JESUIT STYLE ?

ÉDITION ORIGINALE

In-folio (363 x 222mm)
Titre imprimé en rouge et noir, dans un large encadrement gravé à l'eau-forte. Bandeaux, fleurons et initiales gravés. Texte imprimé sur deux colonnes COLLATION : a6 A-Z6 AA-QQ6 RR4

RELIURE LYONNAISE DE L'ÉPOQUE. Maroquin rouge, plats entièrement ornés d'une large dentelle dorée aux petits fers comprise dans des encadrements successifs de roulettes et de filets dorés, dos long entièrement orné avec la mention "Suarez in Prima 2" où "2" signifie secundam, tranches dorées. Boîte
PROVENANCE : Ex-libris Domus Congregationis Missionis (ex-libris à l'encre d'une main contemporaine, sur la page de titre) et de la même main le nom de Bastien

Papier légèrement roussi, petite galerie de vers dans la marge des premiers feuillets, sans atteinte au texte

This is the first time that Suarez’s five treatises on Saint Thomas have been brought together. De ultimo fine hominis ac beatitudine, De voluntario et involuntario, De humanorum actum bonitate et malitia, De passionibus et habititibus et De atque peccatis.

Francisco Suarez (1548-1617), a Spanish Jesuit philosopher and theologian, is generally regarded as one of the greatest scholastic philosophers after Thomas Aquinas. He received the title of Doctor Eximius (which means extraordinary, exceptional). Pope Gregory XIII attended his first lecture in Rome and Pius V engaged him to benefit from his knowledge. Pope Benedict XIV thought he was one of the two lights of Spain, together with Velazquez. Finally, Philip II of Spain sent him to Coimbra to restore the university’s prestige. After his death, his writings continued to exert considerable influence on the main philosophers of the 17th century, including Grotius, Descartes and Leibniz.

He wrote abundantly ; his complete works in Latin fill twenty-six volumes : legal treatises, on the relations between the Church and the State, metaphysics and theology. In particular, Descartes’ Méditations sur la philosophie première cannot be fully understood without being confronted with the immense metaphysical mass of Francisco Suarez.

This spectacular binding resembles a group of bindings done in Lyon workshops, probably close to the Jesuits of the city. They are as sumptuous as the most beautiful Parisian bindings of the time, and all have a long spine with a very original gilt decoration. In 1981 Bernard Breslauer’s Catalog 104 proposed a specimen under its number 198 (then Librairie Patrice Rossignol, cat. 8, n°30). A small in-4 format, it was also a work by Francisco Ribera, a Spanish theologian of Jewish origin, who died in 1591, famous for his millenarian commentaries on the Apocalypse.

BIBLIOGRAPHY : Palau, 323601 -- John P. Doyle, Introduction to : "Francisco Suárez - The metaphysical demonstration of the existence of God. Metaphysical Disputations 28-29", South Bend, St. Augustine Press, 2004 -- Martin Heidegger Les Concepts fondamentaux de la métaphysique : Monde, Finitude, Solitude, Paris, Gallimard, 1992