Paris: Guil. Morelium. 1546. Item #3
[GREEK] [GRECS DU ROY] [Eastern Orthodox] Cyril, Saint Bishop of Jerusalem. Tou hagiou Kyrillou Hierosolymōn archiepiskopou, Katēchēseis = Sancti Cyrilli Hierosolymorum Archiepiscopi Catecheses : ex bibliotheca Henrici Memmij libellorum supplicum in Regia Magistri. P̄aris : Apud Guil. Morelium. 1564. 8 vo., 17 x 11 cm, , 226 pages . 19th century morocco and marbled boards, lightly scuffed, later paste-downs and blanks with 1921 inscription in Greek, all edges gilt. Internally, some light toning. Early signature to title page of A. Arnoldi. Very Rare in commerce.
Two catechisms in Greek of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, a fourth-century bishop and Doctor of the Church whose writings are still regarded as masterful expressions of Christian faith. The first consist of eighteen chapters is the Catechesis ad illuminandos; the second, 'Ad neophytos', or the so-called Catechesis mystagogica. In the first section of the Catechesis mystagogica, St. Cyril is speaking of the vow to renounce the vanities of the world and the pomp of Satan, a tradition derived from the earliest Christian teachings but which received new attention in 15th century Florence.
This is an edition of typographical beauty with the imprint, “Apud Guil. Morelium, in Graecis typographum regium.” Morel was the fourth to be granted the privilege as royal printer for Greek which allowed the use the royal Greek types, commissioned in 1540 by Francis I and cut in 1543 by Claude Garamont. The source manuscript, now lost, came from the library of Henry de Mesmes (1532-1596).