MELANCHTHON, Philipp (1497-1560). [Institutiones Graecae grammaticae] Integrae Graecae grammatices institutiones. Hagenau: Thomas Anshelm, August 1520. Small 8°. Title within woodcut border, printer’s device on final page. (Title with clean, short tear in upper margin, affecting border, A8 with severe but clean tear across text, occasional light soiling.) VD16 M-3492; not in Adams. [Bound with:]
ERASMUS, Desiderius (?1466-1536). Familiarium colloquiorum formulae. Basel: Johan Froben, October 1519. Small 8°. Title with large historiated border, Froben’s device on verso of final leaf. (Lower margin light, mainly marginal, waterstaining throughout.) Adams E-375; Bezzel, Erasmusdrucke 434; not in VD16. [and:]
OECOLAMPADIUS, Johannes (1482-1531). Graecae literaturae dragmata. Basel: Andreas Cratander, March 1521. Small 8°. Title within large woodcut border, printer’s device on verso of final leaf. (A few clean and short tears.) Adams O-109; VD16 O-312. [and:]
Alphabetum Graecum. Basel: Johan Froben, March 1518. Small 8°. Title within large woodcut border, partly coloured in red, printer’s device on verso. (Waterstain in upper margin, also affecting text, very lightly and evenly browned.) Not in Adams or VD16.
4 works in one volume, small 8° (173 x 112mm). Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, clasps (rubbed and soiled). Provenance: occasional contemporary annotations in black ink in first work -- extensive contemporary/early annotations in red and black ink throughout the second work -- inscription on title of the last work, dated 1539, a few annotations.
An interesting Sammelband, comprising three books on Greek and one on Latin grammar. The first work is one of Melanchthon's earliest publications written when he was teaching Greek and philosophy at Tübingen University. It contains examples and excerpts from Greek poetry. Erasmus’ Familiarium Colloquiorum was originally written to teach Latin grammar, however it evolved into a social commentary and eventually the book was banned from use in schools and placed on the list of prohibited books in 1564. RARE. No auction records for any of the four works on RBH or ABPC.