Damascenus, Joannes (676-749) Historia de Vitis et Rebus Gestis SS. Barlaam Eremitae. Cologne: Ex Officina Birckmannica, 1593. 12mo, contemporary tooled parchment, worn, title page torn with loss and rubber stamp, contents stained throughout, 4 7/8 x 2 7/8 in.
N.B. The story of Barlaam and Josaphat is a later Christianized version of the story of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. It is an early Christian exploration of free will and the notion of seeking inner peace through meditation. The author, John of Damascus, was a Syrian monk, priest, and was later canonized as a saint.
A-S12, T6 (T6 blank & present), *6.
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