Magdeburg Centuries Original 1560 Lutheran Protestant Church History
DescriptionMagdeburg Centuries Ecclesiastica Historia Integram Ecclesiae Christi Ideam… *** By Matthias Flacius; Johannes Oporinus In Latin language. *** The Magdeburg... read more
Integram Ecclesiae Christi Ideam…
By Matthias Flacius; Johannes Oporinus
In Latin language.
The Magdeburg Centuries is an ecclesiastical history, divided into thirteen centuries. This catholic encyclopedia covers 300 years of history, ending in 1298. It was compiled by several Lutheran scholars in Magdeburg, known as the Centuriators of Magdeburg. It was first published from 1559 to 1574. The originator of the idea and the moving spirit of the organization was Matthias Vlacich (Latinized Flacius). He was born in region of Istria, nowadays Croatia.
The second edition of first three three folio volumes of the work appeared in 1559 at Basel. Extremely rare edition, no copy found for sale on Web or any major auction houses. The edition is also specific for its numeration. It represents a non-traditional folio with double page numbering. This work represents the first great Protestant work on Church History. Also, it was the first modern attempt to illustrate the history of the Church. However, it was written upon a scale which has scarcely been exceeded.
One of its most remarkable features is the elaborate classification. Each century is treated separately, in sixteen heads or chapters. The first of these gives a general view of the history of the century; then follows, 2. The extent and propagation of the Church; 3. Persecution and tranquillity of the Church; 4. Doctrine; 5. Heresies; 6. Rites and Ceremonies; 7. Government; 8. Schisms; 9. Councils; 10. Lives of Bishops and Doctors; 11. Haeretics; 12. Martyrs; 13. Miracles; 14. Condition of the Jews; 15. Other religions not Christian; 16. Political changes of the world”
As a whole, the work is controversial rather than purely historical; but its spirit, its thoroughness, and its method were far in advance of any book in the same field that had arisen in the Roman Church.
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Binding: Original vellum binding. Sings of wear on the panels and along the edges. Stained panels. The clamps are damaged but preserved.
Condition: Inscriptions by the previous owner on the flyleaf and title page. Title page burned. First few pages slightly detached from spine cover with few stains. Some signs of ageing, but textblock is very clean in general, with some stains on last few pages
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