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Postel, Guillaume

De rationibus spiritus sancti […] — Paris 1543

4.000 €

De rationibus spiritus sancti lib. II. – Paris, Petrus Gromorsus for G. Postel, 1543.


First edition.

8vo. a-f8 g6: 54 leaves (g6 blank). Woodcut printer’s device on title and woodcut initials, ruled in red throughout, occasional light spotting. Early 19th-century calf gilt by Antoine Chaumont, Paris; covers with triple gilt fillets, flat spine with morocco lettering-piece and repeated crucifix tool, gilt board edges, gilt turn-ins with foliate roll, gilt edges, extremities lightly rubbed, joints starting. Chaumont was “one of the most important of the 1800-20 binders” (Ramsden, French Bookbinders, p. 52).

Claude Postel, Les éscrits de G. Postel, part 2, p. 48f.; Adams P-2053. Device: Silvestre, Marques Typographiques,no. 835. The printer Pierre Gromors published four books of Postel in 1543 – his motto Alteri serviens consumor marks even more then his the life of Guillaume Postel.


¶ P. O. Kristeller: “Guillaume Postel was undoubtedly one of the most remarkable and interesting scholars and thinkers of the sixteenth century. … His attempt to harmonize Christian, Jewish and Mohammedan thought give him an important place in the history of religious tolerance, whereas his prophecies about a universal religion and a universal monarchy seem to anticipate more recent ideas of a world state and of general peace …” The universality of religion and thought is expressed in the dedicatory of De rationibus: “Ad universi orbis incolas”. A few lines later Postel says, that in his book the truth of all contents of Christianity is demonstrated by natural reason (“a natura & secundam naturam esse deducta omnia ostendo”), and thus accessible to all. This has caused to characterize Postel’s approach “Il Teismo universalistico” (Giorgio Radetti, see below Kuntz, p. 51).

W. J. Bouwsma, Concordia mundi: The Career and Thought of G. Postel (1510-1581), Cambridge, 1957.L. Kuntz, G. Postel. Prophet of the Restitution of All Things. His Life and Thought. The Hague, 1981.