Rationarium Temporum. In Partes Duas. Libros tredecim, distributum. In quo aetatum omnium sacra profanaque Historia Chronologicis probationibus munita summatim traditur. Editio Novissima.
Author: Petavii, Dionysii. (Denis Petau; Dionysius Petavius)
Reference #: 1016
Status: For Sale
List Price: $420.00
Balance of title reads: Cui accedit Supplementum, quo Historia ad hoc usque Tempus continuator, ut & Tabulae Genealogicae ac Geographicae, utraeque Vetris Recentisque Temporis, denique Indices onge auctiores. Lugduni Batavorum; Petrum Vander Aa, MDCCX. Bound in vellum, with gilt over leather spine title. Engraved frontispiece port., fly title, and title page in two colours, with engraved publisher’s vignette; headpieces. pp.  919 + [6, Index} + [2, advt]. 2 maps (1 fold-out opp. P.180, “Itinera S. Pauli”, with a short closed tear along one fold), 7 plates (1 fold-out opp. p.413) (1 trimmed, with loss?, opp. p.85). A Very Good copy overall.
Pétau (1583 – 1652) was a Jesuit – “Societate Iesu” as noted on the title page – whose arguably greatest work, Opus de doctrina temporum, was published in 1627. Rationarium temporum is an abridgement of that work which in its original language as well as in translation was often reprinted through the subsequent two centuries. (The abridgement sometimes creates the illusion of mispagination, such as p.492 followed by p.497. There is, in fact, no loss as the catchword on the former evidences.) The book is a treatment of history, historical figures and ideas, and of philosophy and religious doctrine, written by a respected scholar of his time. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (2nd Ed., F.L. Cross, ed.) refers to the unabridged work as “a fundamental contribution to the study of ancient chronology”. (p. 1067) 
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