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De libatio africanae historiae ecclesiasticae. Paris, apud Claudium Fremy

OPTATUS Bp. of Milevum, in Africa (1569.)

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8vo. [12], 170, [2]; 55 ff. 17th century vellum over paste-board, morocco label on spine (soiled, foot of spine defective).

A discussion of the controversy between the Catholics and Donatists by the fourth century bishop of Milevis in Numidia, Africa. Catholics and Donatists were agreed as to the necessary unity of the Church. The question was, where is One Church. Optatus argues that it cannot be only in a corner of Africa; it must be the catholica which is throughout the world. (See the article on St. Optatus in the Catholic Encyclopaedia).The editio princeps appeared in Cologne in 1549. More manuscripts were used by Balduinus for the Paris edition of 1563, of which our edition is a re-issue. Ownership inscription erased from title, a little dampstained at beginning.BMSTC (French) p. 329. Adams O213.

Stock Code: 32664