Ingolstatt, David Sartor, 1591. Folio. Contemporary full blindstamped pigskin over wood. With one of 2 clasps preserved. Stamps on top of title. Engraved ornamental title (Dominic Custodis sc.). (6),1200,(15) pp. Tiny wormholed in covers and on the first ca. 20 leaves and last ca. 10 leaves. Internally fine and clean.
First German edition of Basil the Great's works. In 370 he became the successor of Eusebius as bishop of Caesarea, and he is well known for organizing the monastic communities in Asia Minor and his composing of monastic rules, his improvements of liturgy still in use in the Eastern Church (the liturgy of St. Basil). His letters and sermons belongs to the best of his times.