Antiquitates Apostolicae or, the History of the Holy Apostles…. Reverend William CAVE.
Antiquitates Apostolicae or, the History of the Holy Apostles…
Antiquitates Apostolicae or, the History of the Holy Apostles…
Antiquitates Apostolicae or, the History of the Holy Apostles…
Antiquitates Apostolicae or, the History of the Holy Apostles…
Antiquitates Apostolicae or, the History of the Holy Apostles…

Antiquitates Apostolicae or, the History of the Holy Apostles…

London: R. Royston, 1676.

Folio, with a frontispiece and double page 'Tree of Faith' plate, several other cuts in the text; contemporary gilt-ruled polished crimson calf, spine with gilt decorated panels between raised bands.

The dreaded 'cauldron of boyling oyl'

A beautifully printed history of the early church, illustrated with remarkable cuts depicting the apostles persecuted in all manner of ways, including crucifixion, immolation and the dreaded 'cauldron of boyling oyl'. Each apostle is awarded a separate chapter, and is depicted both beatified and under duress.

A beautifully printed history of the early church, illustrated with remarkable cuts depicting the apostles persecuted in all manner of ways, including crucifixion, immolation and the dreaded 'cauldron of boyling oyl'. Each apostle is awarded a separate chapter, and is depicted both beatified and under duress.

The author, William Cave (1637–1713), was a minister and scholar of Church history who took his Doctor of Divinity at Cambridge before serving as vicar of Islington, and later in London. Cave was chaplain to Charles II and Canon of Winsor. Cave's primary area of expertise was the early history of the Church, and following the structure of Eusebius of Caesarea he weaves the lives of the apostles into a close narrative that illuminates arcane early theology for his readers. Cave openly credits his debt to the tradition of Eusebius, and by so doing was successful making the early history of the Church accessible to a wider audience: 'what is significant about Cave's writings is that they follow the tradition of Christian bio-bibliography that in late antiquity and into the medieval period had such a long and rich history, and which was revived in the Reformation. Cave's works provide valuable evidence for the interest in patristic scholarship at the end of the seventeenth century…' (ODB).

From the library of Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, with an old label to the front endpaper.

Price (AUD): $2,700.00  other currencies     Ref: #4401855

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