Paulus Orosius. Historiam Adversus Paganos. 1526.
Christian historian; b. probably at Bracara, now Braga, in Portugal, between 380 and 390, the dates of his birth and death not being precisely known. After being ordained, he went to Africa in 413 or 414 and visited St. Augustine, at Hippo, to question him as to certain points of doctrine. At St. Augustine's suggestion, Orosius wrote the first Christian Universal History: Historiarum adversus paganos libri septem, thought to be a supplement to the Civitas Dei.[NCE] This edition shows the sixteenth century development of title borders, embracing Biblical or classical scenes in an architectural framework The style had been introduced by Urs Graf, an illustrator and soldier of fortune whose military adventures in Italy exposed him to classical architectural motifs, and was refined by Hans Holbein.[AHB] This particular edition was edited by Gerard Bolsuinge and printed by Godefrid Hydorp of Cologne.[ME] A striking unicorn watermark on the endpaper has become nearly invisible due to the aging paper. A linked image below shows how enhanced false-color imaging reveals the hidden design.
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