Paris: Guillaume Morel, 1555. First. hardcover. , 128 pages. Decorated with a woodcut headpiece, floriated initials and Morel device on title (Renouard 786). Short slim 4to, old vellum over paper boards (front outer joint cracked but still firmly sewn; internally clean).
Paris: Guillaume Morel, 1555. First latin edition. Overall a very good copy. very good.
First edition of the Latin translation by Joachim Perion (1499-1559) of this 2nd century revision of the most important component of Clementine literature: the recounting of how Clementine became travelling companion of St. Peter, synopses of the later's discourses and some biographical information on Clement's own life and family history. Although from its earliest circulation many of the stories were regarded as heretical, they enjoyed considerable authority and in the present form, expunged of their controversial aspects as the apostolic church evolved, were wholly accepted into the corpus of Christian historical writings. OCLC lists 20 copies including those at Yale, Cambridge, Oxford & The British Library. -- Adams C2122; Shaaber C501; Cioranescu 17411.