Title: The Confessions of Saint Augustine
Author: Saint Augustine, Edward Bouverie Pusey (trans), Elaine Raphael (illus.), Don Bolognese (illus)
Publisher: The Franklin Library, 1982
Condition: Dark blue leatherette. Some fading to gilt on spine, otherwise excellent. All edges gilt. Illustrated.
This book features:
- Leatherette binding
- Genuine 22k gold gilt to all edges, front design, spine, and back
- Marbled endsheets
- Hubbed spine with raised bands
- Smyth-sewn binding for durability
- Premium acid-neutral archival paper that will not yellow
About the book (from Wikipedia):
The work outlines Augustine’s sinful youth and his conversion to Christianity. It is widely seen as the first Western autobiography ever written, and was an influential model for Christian writers throughout the following 1000 years of the Middle Ages. It is not a complete autobiography, as it was written in his early 40s, and he lived long afterwards, producing another important work (City of God); it does, nonetheless, provide an unbroken record of his development of thought and is the most complete record of any single individual from the 4th and 5th centuries. It is a significant theological work. In the work St. Augustine writes about how much he regrets having led a sinful and immoral life. He discusses his regrets for following the Manichaean religion and believing in astrology. He writes about Nebridius’s role in helping to persuade him that astrology was not only incorrect but evil, and St. Ambrose’s role in his conversion to Christianity. He shows intense sorrow for his sexual sins, and writes on the importance of sexual morality. The book is thought to be divisible into chapters which symbolize various aspects of the Trinity and trinitarian belief.