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In memoriam Erasmi

Friedrich Nausea, In magnum illum laudatae felicisque memoriae Erasmum Roterodamum, nuper vita functum Monodia. Eiusdem uita ex Beati Rhenani Epistola ad Archiepiscopum Coloniensem, Paris, Chrestien Wechel, 1536, in-8°, MEH E1586.

A reverent “In memoriam” composed for Erasmus by his friend Friedrich Nausea (1496-1552), Bishop of Vienna. In this text, Nausea credits Erasmus with a divine mission and compares him to Christ. The book also contains the celebrated biography of Erasmus by Beatus Rhenanus (1485-1547), written in the form of a letter (Allen 3139).

This first Parisian edition (issued after the Cologne edition, which had appeared a few months earlier) is very rare. Our volume belonged to Étienne Baluze (1630-1718), a philologist, French lawyer and celebrated librarian of Colbert, the Minister of Louis XIV.

Acquisition : 2019

GEOGRAPHY

Henricus Glareanus, De Geographia liber unus, Basel, Johann Faber Emmeus, 1528, in-4°, MEH E1591.

Glareanus, real name Heinrich Loris, was a Swiss humanist (1488-1563). A man of many talents, he was by turns mathematician, geographer, musician, musical theorist, historian, philologist and poet. A friend of Erasmus and Myconius, he was sketched by the Holbein brothers in their illustrations in the margins of Erasmus’s “In Praise of Folly”. This geographical and mathematical treatise includes some chapters on the construction of globes and these remained a benchmark on the subject until the XVIIth century. He mentions America and “Amerigus Vesputius”, in his final chapter “De regionibus extra Ptolemaeum”.

Erasmus himself was interested in geography: he played an active role, in the last years of his life, in the production of the editio princeps of Ptolemy’s original Greek text on geography.

Acquisition : 2019

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FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

Desiderius Erasmus, Liber de sarcienda Ecclesiae concordia, Antwerpen, Michael Hillen, 1533, in-8°, MEH E1584.

A rare Antwerp edition, printed the same year as the editio princeps (Basel, Froben & Episcopius) of Erasmus’s plea for reconciliation in the heart of the Christian Church.

Acquisition : 2019

PAYING HIM BACK IN HIS OWN COIN

Silver testoon with the effigy of King Francis I (1515-1547)

First half of the XVIth century
Silver
France, Limoges

Testoons were French silver coins, depicting the effigy of the sovereign. The Sforza family, in Milan (around 1450), came up with the idea of depicting the portrait of the sovereign on coinage, thereby re-establishing the custom initiated in ancient Rome. When he became Duke of Milan in 1504, Louis XII re-adopted this custom for French coinage.

Acquisition : 2019

In epistolam Pauli ad Romanos Paraphrasis, Desiderius Erasmus, Louvain, Thierry Martens, 1517

PARAPHRASIS

Desiderius Erasmus, In epistolam Pauli apostoli ad Romanos paraphrasis, Leuven, Dirk Martens, 1517, in-8°, MEH E1598.

The work retains its original binding. Printed in large Roman characters. With the double anchor cachet of the printer Thierry Martens.

This edition from Louvain, where Erasmus was living at the time, was of particular importance in the context of the Protestant Reformation.
On 31st October, 1517, Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg church, and by so doing, set in motion the basis of Protestantism.

At the back of the book is a message from Martens to the reader: “We are trying, with our meagre means and through our modest print house, to help Louvain Academy, which flourishes thanks to the wide-ranging studies it provides; and we are endeavouring, with the utmost care, to only offer you books possessing a dual advantage, firstly being both moral and instructive and secondly, printed as accurately as possible. Those, who motivated by greed, publish books riddled with errors are blameworthy on two accounts, first towards authors whose works they spoil and vilify and then towards readers, who, instead of a book, find only a cross and torment beside them.”

Acquisition : 2020

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