London, South Kensington
28 November 2011
ERASMUS, Desiderius (?1466-1536). Das Theür und künstlich Büchlin Morie Encomion, translated into German by Sebastian Franck, and with other texts by Franck. [Ulm: Hans Varnier, 1534]. 4° (198 x 150mm). Collation: A-Z4, a-z4, aa4. Title printed in red and black. (Light spotting, staining and browning throughout, a few leaves with marginal waterstaining, N2 with small marginal hole caused by paper flaw.) Recent vellum, red edges. Provenance: Johann Henricus Waser (1713-1777, ink ownership inscriptions to title and part-title on k4 dated 1734) -- some light marginalia in an early hand towards end.
FIRST GERMAN EDITION OF ERASMUS' CELEBRATED THE PRAISE OF FOLLY. This translation is by the German humanist and freethinker Sebastian Franck (1499-1542), whose sympathies with 'heretics' led to his imprisonment in Strasbourg in 1531 and subsequent explusion from that city. In 1534 he settled in Ulm, and published the present work. This edition is augmented with Franck's translation of Agrippa's De vanitate and two of his own works. It is one of two published in the same year, and the Bibliotheca Belgica gives it priority. The other edition consists of 170 leaves and has the printer's device with his name on it at the end. Bibl. Belgica II. pp.923-4, E 968 and 969, the former being the present work; not in Adams.
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