Ingolstadii: Ex typographia Adami Sartorii, 1599. 1st edition (Adams G-1239; VD16 G-3221). , 541,  p. Errata, p. 542. Final 2 pages blank. Printer's device to t.p. Head- tailpieces. 8vo: *^8 2*^2 A - 2L^8. 6-1/4" x 4" [15.8 cm x 10.4 cm]. Period full vellum binding with 2 [of 4] cloth ties. Red edgestain. General wear & soiling to binding. Unobtrusive stain to lower half of textblock, with old paper reinforcement to lower portion of title leaf. Early signature to t.p., inked out. Tear to *8 [no loss]. Paper/printing defect G4r. Withal, a solid VG copy. Item #33487
This Gretser's important Apologia on Life of Ignatius Loyola, one of the most fascinating hagiographies ever written on the Jesuit order founder, describing how he [Loyola] would drive away Satan, who appeared in "a shining and glistening form" with his staff, like a "troublesome cur." It also describes Loyola's great humility, living amongst the poor. Gretser's Apologia is a massive defence of the great saint, filled with reference to other great saints, including early Orthodox fathers such as Gregory of Nazianzenus, Latin fathers like St. Augustine and Jerome, as well as English Catholic martyrs killed during Henry VIII's Reformation.
Gretser himself, then as now, was/is regarded as one of the most prominent Jesuit theologians. "He was recognized as one of the best controversialists of his time, and was highly esteemed by Pope Clement VIII, Emperor Ferdinand II, and Maximilian I of Bavaria. Some of the greatest of his age, such as Cardinal Bellarmine and Marcus Welser, corresponded with him and consulted him in their difficulties." [Wiki].
A somewhat uncommon Jesuit work, with ABPC showing no copies having come to auction these last 30+ years.
Bound with TavBooks ID #33488 [Richeome's SOCIETATIS IESU In GALLIA, 1599], and price is for both titles.