FOUR WORKS by ERASMUS, 1521–22, with MuchEvidence of READERSHIP
Erasmus, Desiderius. Familiarium colloquiorum formulae ... multis adiectis, non tantu[m] ad linguam puerilem expoliendam utiles, verumetiam ad vitam instituendam. Argentorati : expensis Ioannis Knoblouchij, et Pauli Getz, 1522. Small 8vo (16.3; 6.5").  ff. (including final two blanks). [bound with same author's] Parabolarum, sive Similium liber elegantissimus. [colophon: Argentorati, Apud Joannem Knoblouchum, 1521]. 103,  ff. Title within ornamental border. [bound with same author's] Enchiridion Militis Christiani. Salvuerrimis praeceptis refertum. Monguntiae: [colophon: ex aedibus Joanneis Schoefer], 1522. 215, [1 (blank)] pp. [bound with same author's] Collectanea Adagiorum veterum. [Argentinae]: ex aedibus Scheurerianis, 1521. , CXIII,  ff. [bound with] Mosellanus, Petrus, & Christoph Hegendorph. Paedologia Petri Mosellani Protegensis In puerorum usum conscripta et aucta. Dialogi XXXVII. Dialogi pueriles Christophori Hegendorphini XII lepidi aeque ac docti. [colophon: Argentinae: apud Joannem Knoblouchum, 1521. 38, [1 (of 2) blank)] ff.
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A meaty, early 16th-century sammelband with four works by Erasmus, and a fifth work that marries the Paedologia of Petrus Mosellanus Protegensis (i.e., Peter Schade) with the Dialogae puerorum of Christoph Hegendorff (a common pairing). Erasmus' Familiarium colloquiorum formulae is famous for its criticism of the Catholic Church, wayward priests, and scepticism about miracles; while his Parabolarum assembles aphorisms, apothegms, similes, metaphors, allegories, allusions, and other comparative devices for scholars. The third work here, the Enchiridion Militis Christiani, attempts to convince Christians to act in accordance with the precepts of the Christian faith and to go beyond merely performing the few required things. The last Erasmus item is his Collectanea Adagiorum veterum, his monumental collection of Greek and Latin proverbs, with his annotations. The fifth treatise was a popular schoolbook cum pedagogical tract of the early Renaissance.
All of the works are printed in italic with some roman; the first three Erasmus works begin with title-pages sporting handsome, elaborate, illustrated woodcut borders.
Evidence of readership: Each work has many pages with interlinear writing and marginalia, in Latin in a minute but clear hand; the entire rear pastedown is also covered with notes.
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Provenance: 19th-century bookseller's label of Benzinger Bros.; late 19th- and early 20th-century stamps (faint to almost invisible) of two U.S. Redemptorist libraries, one in Ilchester, MD, and the other in New York state.
Binding: Bound in alum-tawed pig, elaborately blind-embossed on covers with different tools and treatment on each cover; remnants of brass and leather closures.
I: VD16 E2340; Index Aurel. 161.970; Adams E5250. II: VD16 E3248; Index Aurel. 161.866. III: VD16 E2764; Index Aurel. 161.956; AdamsE.648. IV: VD16 E1928; Index Aurel. 161.858. V: VD16 S2149 & VD16 H1162. Binding as above, well and strongly rebacked using a sympathetic mottled calf with excellent repair of one joint (outside); new endpapers. Light waterstaining variously noticeable (or not), with a darker stain to corner-tips in one section only; age-toning and dust-soiling in expectable degrees only; one page smeared with spilled ink that neither obscures the text nor even blurs the manuscript notes present — but well attests to the hazards, in the ink-well era, of committing a book to so many sessions of such very extensive annotation as *this* volume boasts! A very good copy. Housed in a cloth clamshell box with green leather gilt-tooled spine label. (32986)
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