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ERASMUS, Desiderius.

Moriae Encomium.

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Strassburg, Matthias Schurer, 1511

Scarce. First dated edition, following the undated Paris printing by Gilles de Gourmont only two months earlier, of which only a handful of copies now survive, all of them in institutional libraries. The present edition, almost as rare, is not merely a reprint of the Paris edition, but contains additional material including an address and laudatory letter to Erasmus by his fellow humanist Jakob Wimpfeling. All early editions are exceedingly scarce, with only three appearing at auction in the last 100 years that we could trace. The first English translation was not published until 1549, although there had been Czech, French and German editions prior to this.

An excellent example of a classic work of paradoxical satire, in which folly is personified and holds up a mirror to mankind. An extremely significant work both in its own right and for its influence on the Protestant Reformation in general. Sir Thomas More's

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Leaves measuring 19.4 cm x 13.8 cm. pp. [96], or, A8, B4, C8, D4, E8, F4, G-H6, with the final blank leaf (H6) present; occasional minor coeval underlining and marginalia to earlier part of text, very light faded stain to lower margin at gutter throughout (not affecting text), bibliographical clippings tipped onto front endpapers. Bound in antique style calf.


Bezzel 1298; cf. PMM 43; Vander Haeghen 122

Stock ID:93719

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