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Zeno (Saint). Sancti Zenonis episcopi Veronensis Sermones. Nunc primum, qua par erat, diligentia editi, alienis nimirum separatis ac in appendicem rejectis, codicibusque compluribus consultis, inter quos Remensi scripto ante annos circiter mille, per march. Scipionem Maffejum in Gallia conlato. Recensuerunt et ... illustrarunt Petrus et Hieronymus fratres Ballerinii. Veronae: typis Seminarii: apud Augustinum Carattonium, 1739.

Small folio, modern stiff vellum with handwritten title at spine, pp. [12], CXC, [2], 432. Title page in red and black, engraved device by Giuseppe Filosi. Coat of arms of cardinal Passionei, drawn by Pietro Peretti and engraved by Dionigi Valesi.

2 engraved plates, reproducing the title-page and a text page of the original manuscript used for this edition.

Rare first edition of Saint Zeno's Sermons, edited by Girolamo and Pietro Ballerini, two Veronese philologists.

Zeno (or Zenone) of Verona (about 300 - 371 or 380) was either an early Christian Bishop of Verona or a martyr. He is a saint in the Roman Catholic Church and in the Eastern Orthodox Church. According to a Veronese author named Coronato, a notary of the 7th century, Zeno was a native of North Africa, from Mauretania (northern Morocco and Algeria). He taught many children of Africa about the Catholic religion and he also helped them with their school work. The children could rely on someone who could help them. Another theory is that Zeno was a follower of Athanasius, patriarch of Alexandria, who accompanied his master when the latter visited Verona in 340.

The style of the 90 or so Sermones attributed to Zeno has also been considered evidence of his African origins due to its literary style, since Christian African writers of the time frequently used neologisms and wordplay. Many of the Sermones concern Old Testament exegesis and "have a definite anti-Semitic element in them".

Provenance: 1. Engraved ex-libris Charles Jacomb. 2. Presented by Jacomb in 1887 to Bibliotheca Puseiana (Oxford).

Reference: IT\ICCU\TO0E\023710. OCLC locates six copies in USA. No copies on the market.


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[Sermons, St. Zeno] Sermones, 1739

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