TURNER, Robert

TURNER, Robert Oratoris et philosophi Ingolstadiensis (with) Panegyrici sermones duo de D. Gregorio Nazianzeno.

Ingolstadt, ex off. Davidis Sartorius, 1584


FIRST EDITIONS. 8vo, 2 works in 1. pp (xvi) 253 (iii), (xii) 224 (iv). Italic letter, some woodcut initials, printed ornament to both t.p.s and typographical borders to verso of last. First t.p. with early autograph ‘M. Joannes Stadleri Ingo, Haliensis’ at head (doubtless a student of the author), faint C19 lib. stamp in blank, baroque bookplate of the Virgin and Child over arms of the Fundationis Baldauficae on pastedown, ex libris of Helius Reckh on ffep, handsome armorial book plate ‘1612’ of Mgr Johann Stadler Ecctes Halensis on verso. Occasional early correction to text, a few marginal spots, outer blank margin of second t.p. slightly torn at tab, inner boards and eps a bit wormed. A good clean copy in contemporary south German pigskin, with tooled outer and inner borders and central panel, worn at one corner, a.e.r.

Turner (d. 1599), from a Scottish family, was born and brought up in Devon. Educated at both Oxford and Cambridge he left each without taking a degree, doubtless on account of religion. Like many others he left home and family because of his Catholic faith and in 1572 went to the English college at Douai where he taught rhetoric. He was ordained there two years later. In 1576 he removed to Rome where he taught classics at the German college. Subsequently prefect of studies at the college of Eickstadt in Bavaria and tireless servant and traveller in the Church’s cause, by the influence of Cardinal Allen, Turner was appointed professor of eloquence and ethics at the Gregorian College at Ingolstadt and created D. D. His subsequent appointments included Privy Councillor to Duke William of Bavaria, canon of Breslau in Silesia and Latin secretary to the Archduke Ferdinand.

The present volume includes (I) 13 moral, philosophical and doctrinal treatises on subjects as diverse as Church unity, sobriety and the life of St. Thomas a Beckett (II) translations from the works of St. Gregory Nazianzenis (III) a panegyric on the triumphs of Duke Ernest of Bavaria over the Lutherans and (IV) an account of the circumstances of the martyrdom of Sir Edmund Campion. Turner had been Campion’s pupil at either Rome or Oxford.

Allison and Rogers I 1260. Shaaber and BM STC Ger. have later eds. only.
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