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1679 - Complete Mystical Works of Bernard of Clairvaux w/Templar Texts

1679 - Complete Mystical Works of Bernard of Clairvaux w/Templar Texts


A lovely complete edition of the epistles, major treatises and mystical Sermons of the mystic Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor Mellifluus, who Pope Pius XII declared as the last of the Fathers of the Church.  Celebrated for his Contemplative Mysticism of Love, famously articulated in the Sermons on the Song of Solomon, Bernard was also co-founder of the legendary Knights Templar and the driving force behind the explosions of the Cistecerian Order through the 12th century.  Here we have the decisively important Sermons on the Song of Songs where Bernard most dramatically develops his Mysticism of Contemplation and Love.  In addition are his numerous epistles, including those to fellow mystic Hildegard of Bingen and his cousin and co-founder of the Knights Templar Hugues de Payens, another co-founder of the Templars along with Bernard’s “Liber ad milites templi de laude novae militiae - Book to the Knights of the Temple, in praise of the new knighthood - the most important founding document of the Order.  There Bernard outlines the purpose, spirituality and rules of the new Templar Order.  An important and valuable volume for anyone interested in Grail legends, Freemasonry and the Templar Knights. A beautiful collection of one of the most important mystics in history, with a connection to Templar and Holy Grail lore.


1679. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux - Sanctis Patris Bernardi Abbatis Claravallensis Abbatis Primi Melliflui Ecclesae Doctoris - 1679 - Volume I: 120+152+272+140pp; Volume II: 140+384+92+59+16pp. Good condition of the binding, works in their period full leather, scuffs, rubbed corners, red edges, spine with decorated raised bands, gilded titlings and volume numbers. Good interior condition, some foxing, pretty headbands, beautiful initials, lamp bases, superb vignettes on title page - Latin text is accompanied by scholarly notes by Jacques Merlon Horstius, a 17th-century scholar who edited and commented on the works of Saint Bernard. Monumental volumes in folio.

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