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Greek title]. Philonis. in libros Mosis, de mundi opificio, historicos, de legibus. Ejusdem libri singulares. Ex bibliotheca regia.

PHILO OF ALEXANDRIA. FIRST EDITION. Folio, pp. [12], 704. 721-736, [48], a printer's error has resulted in pp. 705-720 not being included in the pagination, i.e. leaf [x8] is p. 704 followed by leaf y1 which is p. 721, the text is complete and the register is continuous, other copies checked confirm this. Bound in a full contemporary continental calf binding with roll tool panels, the paste-down end-papers are vellum sheets with manuscript writing, an early ownership identification has been inked over at the top pf the title-page, presumably be a later owner, the plain leather spine is cracked and chipped with daylight visible when the front board is open, but the cords are firm, there are the remains of a later paper label on the spine, lacking the original clasps, but overall this is an attractive example of early continental printing and binding with attractive roll panels on both boards. We have not been able to identify the binder. ["Philo of Alexandria (c. 25 BCE – c. 50 CE), was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher who lived in Alexandria, in the Roman province of Egypt. Philo used philosophical allegory to attempt to fuse and harmonize Greek philosophy with Jewish philosophy. His method followed the practices of both Jewish exegesis and Stoic philosophy. His allegorical exegesis was important for several Christian Church Fathers, but he has barely any reception history within Rabbinic Judaism. He believed that literal interpretations of the Hebrew Bible would stifle humanity's view and perception of a God too complex and marvelous to be understood in literal human terms. Some scholars hold that his concept of the Logos as God's creative principle influenced early Christology. Other scholars, however, deny direct influence but say both Philo and Early Christianity borrow from a common source. The few biographical details known about Philo are found in his own works, especially in Legatio ad Gaium (Embassy to Gaius) of which only two of the original five volumes survive, and in Josephus. The only event in his life that can be decisively dated is his participation in the embassy to Rome in 40 CE. He represented the Alexandrian Jews before Roman Emperor Caligula because of civil strife between the Alexandrian Jewish and Greek communities." Wikipaedia. [Extra postage required]