1560 Corpus Doctrinae Christianae, Philipp Melanchthon- First Edition- $5,900
1560 Corpus Doctrinae Christianae
The Body of Christian Doctrine
Printed by Ernesti Voegelini Constantiensis, Leipzig, 1560
"Corpus Doctrinae Christianae. Quae est summa orthodoxi et catholici dogmatis, complectens doctrinam puram & veram Evangelij Iesu Christi secundum divina Prophetarum & Apostolorum scripta, aliquot libris fideli ac pio studio explicata, a Reverendo viro D. Philippo Melanthone. Nunc edita ad usum Ecclesiae Sanctae publicum et privatum (...). Lipsiae. Cum Gratia & Privilego ad decennium. Anno MDLX."
The body of Christian doctrine. What is the most orthodox and Catholic dogma, embracing a doctrine of pure and true Evangelij of Jesus Christ according to the divine prophets and apostles written several books and a faithful and devoted study developed by the revered husband, Philip Melancthon. Now issued for public and private use of the Holy (...). Leipzig. When Grace & privilege for a decade. Anno MDLX
Size: Folio, 2°, 20 p. + 982 p., in Latin, 1st edition
Condition Report: First edition of Melanchthon's last work, published just three months before his death; folio, complete and in very good condition; Newly rebound. Amazing leather binding with gilted gold tooled lettering and ornate embossing…binding secure and sound…Title page with a copperplate print…crisp, bright pages,very little foxing, some soiling to beginning and latter pages… index pages at rear have been repaired.
History of Melanchthon's Corpus Doctrinae Christianae
This Body of Christian Doctrine was the culmination of Melachthon’s life work. He was known as the “Quiet Reformer”, but do not mistake his obscurity, for lack of productivity. The 16th Century Reformation and Christianity as we know it today, would not be the same if it were not for Philipp Melanchthon.
With his deep knowledge of the Greek language, Melanchthon assisted Martin Luther in his quest to translate the Bible. Melanchthon was also the man behind the scenes at the Augsburg Confession in 1530. Melanchthon’s genius of compiling doctrine in an organized fashion far surpassed his colleagues. Therefore, in an effort to convince Charles V of the doctrine of Protestant Christianity, the 16th Century Reformers would discuss these topics during the day, and Melanchthon would compile and transcribe these discussions at night. Tirelessly working, almost to the point of death, to present the Augsburg Confession to Charles V in 1530.
During Melanchthon’s life he published many books to lead and guide the elders of the Church in the doctrine of Protestant Christianity, including commentaries on the Old and New Testament and his famous Loci Communes.
His last work before his death in 1560, was the culmination of all his learning compiled into this amazing “Body of Christian Doctrine”, to leave Christians with a written guide to compliment and rightly explain and divide the Word of Truth.