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The Resource Diuini Dionysii Areopagite Caelesti hierarchia ; : Ecclesiastica hierarchia ; Diuina nomina ; Mystica theologia ; Undecim epistolae. Ignatii undecim epistolae. Polycarpi Epistola vna. Theologia viuificans cibus solidus

Diuini Dionysii Areopagite Caelesti hierarchia ; : Ecclesiastica hierarchia ; Diuina nomina ; Mystica theologia ; Undecim epistolae. Ignatii undecim epistolae. Polycarpi Epistola vna. Theologia viuificans cibus solidus

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Diuini Dionysii Areopagite Caelesti hierarchia ; : Ecclesiastica hierarchia ; Diuina nomina ; Mystica theologia ; Undecim epistolae. Ignatii undecim epistolae. Polycarpi Epistola vna. Theologia viuificans cibus solidus
Title
Diuini Dionysii Areopagite Caelesti hierarchia ;
Title remainder
Ecclesiastica hierarchia ; Diuina nomina ; Mystica theologia ; Undecim epistolae. Ignatii undecim epistolae. Polycarpi Epistola vna. Theologia viuificans cibus solidus
Title variation
  • Divini Dionysii Areopagite Caelesti hierarchia
  • Caelesti hierarchia
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  • lat
  • grc
  • lat
Summary
First edition in Italy of the complete works of Dionysius the Areopagite, the most influential medieval mystic in the Italian Renaissance.
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Cataloging source
IBV
Citation location within source
  • page 217
  • D-522
  • 12668
  • 2:399
  • 149:296
  • CNCE 34369
Citation source
  • Short-title catalogue of books printed in Italy and of Italian books printed in other countries from 1465 to 1600 now in the British Museum
  • Adams, H.M. Catalogue of books printed on the continent of Europe, 1501-1600, in Cambridge libraries
  • Isaac, F.S. Index to the early printed books in the British Museum
  • Grässe, J.G.T. Trésor de livres rares et précieux
  • National union catalog, pre-1956 imprints
  • EDIT 16
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
Summary expansion
As a neo-Platonic form of Christian mysticism, these texts exerted a profound influence on Christianity for millenia. Dionysius was especially famous for his "negative theology." This special method for expressing the transcendence of God, derived from Plato's logic in the late dialogues, deeply influenced the German mystics such as Eckhart, Tauler, and Suso, and had a profound effect on Nicholas of Cusa. Of the four treatises and eleven letters, the most important is "De diuinis nominibus", a treatise in thirteen chapters explaining the Divine names. In "De caelesti hierarchia", the Pseudo-Areopagite presents the doctrine of the nine angelic choirs, arranged in three "triads", comprised of seraphim, cherubim, thrones, virtues, dominations, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels. The third treatise, "De ecclesiastica hierarchia", describes the hierarchy of the Church, with Christ as its head, and the mystical meanings of the sacred rites, ceremonies, institutions, and symbols of the Church. "De mystica theologia" concerns the mystical union with God, while the letters supplement the discussion of the major works. Although eleven letters are included, only ten were written by the Pseudo-Dionysius, the eleventh--addressed to Apollophanes--being a medieval forgery based on the seventh letter
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Diuini Dionysii Areopagite Caelesti hierarchia ; : Ecclesiastica hierarchia ; Diuina nomina ; Mystica theologia ; Undecim epistolae. Ignatii undecim epistolae. Polycarpi Epistola vna. Theologia viuificans cibus solidus
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Note
  • Edited by Jacques Lefèvre d'Etaples, a leading French humanist who was in the forefront of the new thinking in philosophy and theology; translated by Ambrogio Traversari, also known as Ambrosius Camaldulensis, who was abbot and general of the Camaldolese Order
  • Imprint from colophon
  • Signatures: a6 b-t8
  • Last leaf (t8) is blank
  • Woodcuts: Tacuino de Tridino's device on title page, a vignette of St. John the Baptist with lamb, holding a cross and ribbon with motto "Ecce agnus Dei"; within ornamental white-on-black border, signed "b.M."; title woodcut ascribed to Benedetto Mantagna; see F. Lippmann, Art of wood-engraving in Italy in the fifteenth century (London: B. Quaritch, 1888), pages 125-126; reproduction on page 127; another of the printer's devices on verso of leaf CXXXXIII, a white-on-black design featuring his initials "Z.T." within a double circle surmounted by a double cross; large 9-line pictorial initial "O" printed in red at beginning of text on leaf I; four additional white-on-black 9-line initials; smaller white-on-black initials throughout; text illustrated with 16 diagrams.
  • Title printed in gothic type; the top two lines of title text are printed from one large woodblock, with large rotunda (blackletter) style lettering enhanced by many exuberant flourishes; text and marginal references printed in roman type; caption title and woodcut initial on recto of leaf I printed in red
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
32 cm (folio)
Extent
[6], CXXXXIII, [1] leaves
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: bound in early full vellum; later green paper spine label with manuscript title "Dionysos Areopagita Opera 1502." Extensive early marginalia, consisting of words and short phrases and proofreading marks; probably proofreading corrections of a reader concerned with grammar, textual accuracy, and presentation, and not primarily with the philosophical ideas in the text. Ownership inscription on front endleaf of Georg Hartmann. Purchase, Bennett Gilbert Rare Books,
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illustrations (woodcuts)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25850997
  • ucoclc25850997
Label
Diuini Dionysii Areopagite Caelesti hierarchia ; : Ecclesiastica hierarchia ; Diuina nomina ; Mystica theologia ; Undecim epistolae. Ignatii undecim epistolae. Polycarpi Epistola vna. Theologia viuificans cibus solidus
Publication
Note
  • Edited by Jacques Lefèvre d'Etaples, a leading French humanist who was in the forefront of the new thinking in philosophy and theology; translated by Ambrogio Traversari, also known as Ambrosius Camaldulensis, who was abbot and general of the Camaldolese Order
  • Imprint from colophon
  • Signatures: a6 b-t8
  • Last leaf (t8) is blank
  • Woodcuts: Tacuino de Tridino's device on title page, a vignette of St. John the Baptist with lamb, holding a cross and ribbon with motto "Ecce agnus Dei"; within ornamental white-on-black border, signed "b.M."; title woodcut ascribed to Benedetto Mantagna; see F. Lippmann, Art of wood-engraving in Italy in the fifteenth century (London: B. Quaritch, 1888), pages 125-126; reproduction on page 127; another of the printer's devices on verso of leaf CXXXXIII, a white-on-black design featuring his initials "Z.T." within a double circle surmounted by a double cross; large 9-line pictorial initial "O" printed in red at beginning of text on leaf I; four additional white-on-black 9-line initials; smaller white-on-black initials throughout; text illustrated with 16 diagrams.
  • Title printed in gothic type; the top two lines of title text are printed from one large woodblock, with large rotunda (blackletter) style lettering enhanced by many exuberant flourishes; text and marginal references printed in roman type; caption title and woodcut initial on recto of leaf I printed in red
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
32 cm (folio)
Extent
[6], CXXXXIII, [1] leaves
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: bound in early full vellum; later green paper spine label with manuscript title "Dionysos Areopagita Opera 1502." Extensive early marginalia, consisting of words and short phrases and proofreading marks; probably proofreading corrections of a reader concerned with grammar, textual accuracy, and presentation, and not primarily with the philosophical ideas in the text. Ownership inscription on front endleaf of Georg Hartmann. Purchase, Bennett Gilbert Rare Books,
Other physical details
illustrations (woodcuts)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25850997
  • ucoclc25850997

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