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HEISS, MICHAEL. Four Gospels Examined and Vindicated on Catholic Principles. By M. Heiss, Rector of the Salesianum, near Milwaukee. Milwaukee: Hoffman Bros. 215 East Water Street. 1863. Octavo. Bound publisher's brown cloth with decorative design in blind, faded gilt lettering on spine, worn through cloth and fraying some at spine ends and corners, removed bookplate or pocket scar on front paste-down endpaper, several small damp stains on front paste-down endpaper, light foxing but heavier on endpapers and first & last few pages, library blind stamp on top outside corner of title, previous owner's name neatly stamped on front flyleaf. Pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright, -13 preface, (1) blank, - preliminary remarks, -231 text, (1) blank, (3) summary, (1) errata. Michael Heiss (1818-1890) Roman Catholic missionary, educator, first bishop of LaCrosse, Wis., archbishop of Milwaukee. He wrote The Four Gospels Examined while he was the first rector of St. Francis Seminary--"an institution which he helped to found and in which he did heroic teaching in the branches of theology, canon law, and scripture."--Dict. Amer. Biog., VIII:510. We offer the first edition of his scholarly work on the Gospels.