Antiquariat Jürgen Dinter

Heraclides of Cyprus / Lefèvre d'Etaples (Ed.)

Paradysus Heraclidis … — Paris 1504

Pro piorum recreatione: et in hoc opere contenta.

Epistola ante indicem.

Index contentorum.

Ad lectores.

Paradysus Heraclidis.

Epistola Clementis.

Recognitiones PETRI apostoli.

Epistola Anacleti.

Paradysus Heraclides. Epistola Clementis Recognitiones Petri apostoli …

Iehan Petit. (Colophon:) Ex officina Bellovisiana: Impensis Ioannis Parvi … anno Domini Salvatoris. M. D. IIII. Idibus Iulliis Iullio secundo [sic].

(Paris, Guy Marchant for Jean Petit, 14 July 1504).


First edition

Folio (276 x 194 mm). [*]4 a8 b-e6 f4 g6 h8 i6 k-r8 (without final blank r8): 119 ff. The first 16 leaves with watermargin in the gutter and blank lower margin, the last 20 leaves in the gutter. Small hole in the blank outer margin of [*]2. Tiny wormtrack in the inner blank margin of F1-G6). A few ink spots. 18th century calf, spine gilt

Provenance: „Celestinorum sancte crucis“ on upper and lower margin of title, i. e. Offémont, Sainte-Croix, Celestines. A few contemporary annotations in two different hands. – Moreau I 126 no. 37; Adams H-288 ; ustc 142952; Goldschmidt, Medieval texts and their first appearance in print, p. 56f. Rare in commerce.

¶ „The work Lefèvre d’Etaples printed under the title Paradysus Heraclidis is the short version of the Historia Lausiaca of Palladius, biographical sketches of the author’s anchoritic friends, associates, and predecessors and an important source for the history of early monasticism. Palladius‘ original Greek text … was revised and enlarged in c. 440 by Heraclidas, bishop of Nyssa …

Lefèvre rounded out the volume with two apocryphical letters: one by [Pseudo-] Anacletus and another, also from the pseudo-Isidorian decretals, ascribed to Clement himself. The first half of this letter was in fact one of the original prefaces of the pseudo-Clementine Homilies, and L. appropriately printed it as an introduction to the Recognitiones. The second half of the letter dates from the ninth century. L. printed it after the  under the title Continuatio Epistole Clementis. He assumed both letter to be genuine and of apostolic authority.“ (Rice 188ff.)