Lugduni (Lyon), Laurentii Durand, 1630. Folio. Contemp. full vellum. Some soiling to vellum. Frontcover wrinkled at foot. Ms title on spine. Title-page printed in red/black. (12),460 pp. A later picture of St. Catharine's Church pasted on verso of title-page. Some of the first leaves with a faint dampstain in margin. Presentation inscription on first leaf of second part (dated 1897).
Scarce edition of Anselm's collected works.
Saint Anselm was one of the most important Christian thinkers of the eleventh century. He is most famous in philosophy for having discovered and articulated the so-called "ontological argument;" and in theology for his doctrine of the atonement. However, his work extends to many other important philosophical and theological matters, among which are: understanding the aspects and the unity of the divine nature; the extent of our possible knowledge and understanding of the divine nature; the complex nature of the will and its involvement in free choice; the interworkings of human willing and action and divine grace; the natures of truth and justice; the natures and origins of virtues and vices; the nature of evil as negation or privation; and the condition and implications of original sin. (Encycl. of Philosopy).