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Calvin, Jean
INSTITUTIO CHRISTIANAE RELIGIONIS, IN LIBRO QUATUOR NUNC PRIMUM DIGESTA. GENEVA: ROBERT ESTIENNE, (16 AUGUST) 1559
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Calvin, Jean
INSTITUTIO CHRISTIANAE RELIGIONIS, IN LIBRO QUATUOR NUNC PRIMUM DIGESTA. GENEVA: ROBERT ESTIENNE, (16 AUGUST) 1559
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LOT SOLD. 2,500 GBP
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Calvin, Jean
INSTITUTIO CHRISTIANAE RELIGIONIS, IN LIBRO QUATUOR NUNC PRIMUM DIGESTA. GENEVA: ROBERT ESTIENNE, (16 AUGUST) 1559
folio (335 x 218mm.), woodcut printer's device on title-page, woodcut initials, a few later manuscript annotations in English, modern calf, retaining old flyleaves (with a pot watermark, similar to Heawood 3680ff., all English, second half of seventeenth century), blank section at head of title-page excised and replaced, title-page slightly stained, first 2 leaves frayed at edges, a few wormholes in lower margin (just touching text), head of textblock slightly dampstained throughout, staining to head of upper cover, upper joint slightly cracked at head
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Provenance

Erskine of Dun (Angus), armorial bookplate, plausibly David Erskine, 13th Laird of Dun, 1670-1758 (an ancestor of the Erskine family was John Erskine of Dun, 1509-1591, a key player in the development of the Reformation in Scotland who had spent time on the Continent in the 1530s)

Literature

IA 129.952; Renouard, Estienne p.89

Catalogue Note

First published in Basel in 1536, this is considered the definitive edition of Calvin's textbook on Protestant theology and doctrine. It was revised and greatly extended from the first edition, though it still contains the preface addressed to François I of France, in which Calvin entreats him to give Protestants fair consideration and attempts to correct some common misapprehensions about them, in particular distancing them from the radical Anabaptists in Germany.

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