Paris: Librairie de Mme Ve Poussielgue-Rusand, 1859. Deuxième édition. Quarter Leather. Complete in four volumes: xv, 766, 720, 778, 700 pp. 8vo, quarter brown calf over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt embossed spine title, marbled endpapers, blue-spotted edges, place ribbons. Light rubbing to tips, vol. 2 rear fore tail and vol. 4 rear fore head corners bumped, vol. 2 a bit bowed; otherwise all volumes are very sound and tight with exceedingly fresh contents and quite handsome on the shelf. Owner's name in a fine hand to half-title verso. Heavy set will require additional fees for international shipping. VERY GOOD. Item #3257
Cornelius a Lapide was a Flemish Jesuit who composed extensive commentaries on every book of Scripture apart from Psalms and Job. His ouvre remains one of the most impressive efforts by a single commentator in the history of interpretation. "His works have owed their enduring popularity, esp. among preachers, to their clarity, deep spirituality, and allegorical and mystical exegesis, buttressed by a wide erudition which enabled the author to draw extensively on the Fathers and on medieval theologians" - Cross & Livingston. Barbier's compendium offers a sort of "Catena Aurea" of Lapide's most glowing passages under topical and doctrinal headings, arranged alphabetically.