Parma: Angelus Ugoletus, March 31, 1491. First Thus. A scarce Parma imprint of these opuscula ("smaller writings"), which include many of St. Augustine's most important doctrines; his Grammatica, Rhetorica and Dialectica, as well as work on the immortality of the soul.
Folio (pages 301 x 202 mm) collating 306 (leaves): complete including the final blank leaf. 41 lines and headline, roman letter, initial spaces, mostly with printed guides, printer's device at end. Bound in full modern calf, preserving an earlier end paper with the armorial bookplate of H.R.H., the Duke of Sussex (1773 - 1843), sixth son of George III of England and a noted bibliophile. Early repair to lower margin of the second leaf, several small wormholes, not affecting legibility, but on the whole an excellent copy.
Perhaps one of the most significant Catholic theologians, Augustine's adaptation of classical thought into Christian teaching had a lasting impact on the Church's traditions and practices. "Augustine is remarkable for what he did and extraordinary for what he wrote. If none of his written work survived, he would still have been a figure to be reckoned with...However, more than five million words of his writing survive, virtually all displaying the strength and sharpness of his mind, and some possessing rare power to attract and hold the attention of readers in our own day" (O'Donnell). Biographies of Augustine record his move from Hippo and into Europe, documenting his education within the Church and his struggle to bring his views back to Africa. While Confessions remains his best-known work, Opuscula is important for how it brings together a number of smaller works that record the theologian's views on topics ranging from free will, to Catholic custom, to the teachings of Jesus. An important foundational work for Western thinking.
HC 1952; BMC VII, p.944; IGI 1018; GW2867; Goff A1220 (Item #2614)