Philo Judaeus. In Libro Mosis de Mundi Opificio, Historicos de Legibus.
Parisiis, 14 August 1552. Ex Officina Adriani Turnebi . Editio princeps of
Philo of Alexandria. Head-pieces and large wood-cut initials, Greek type,
printer's device on title page. Bound in 19th century calf-backed boards.
On fly-leaf: Ex Libris Cornelii Jansenii Accojensis. Also on t-p ownership
entry by l'Ecluse, the Hellenist, dated 1806.
Philo, an Alexandrian Jew, was greatly influenced by Plato and to some
extent by the Stoics. He used the Greek language rather than Hebrew.
Although he was an Orthodox Jew and regarded the Old Testament as ultimate
truth, he wrote an allegorical interpretation of Genesis. He was the
greatest Jewish philosopher of the Alexandrian school. Adrian Turnebe, the
French scholar-printer, was "the first critical editor of classical texts
in the Golden Age of French humanism)." (Tilley, Literary History of the
French Renaissance), The book is from the collection of Cornelis Jansen,
1585-1639, founder of Jansenism.