Paraphrases Des. Erasmi Roterodami In epistolas Pauli apostoli ad Rhomanos Corinthios & Galatas, quae commentarii vice esse possunt. Desiderius Erasmus.
Paraphrases Des. Erasmi Roterodami In epistolas Pauli apostoli ad Rhomanos Corinthios & Galatas, quae commentarii vice esse possunt.
Paraphrases Des. Erasmi Roterodami In epistolas Pauli apostoli ad Rhomanos Corinthios & Galatas, quae commentarii vice esse possunt.
First Collected Edition of the Paraphrases

Paraphrases Des. Erasmi Roterodami In epistolas Pauli apostoli ad Rhomanos Corinthios & Galatas, quae commentarii vice esse possunt.

Basileae [Basel]: Apud Ioan. Frob. [Colophon: Per Hieronymvm Frob. Ioan Filium] [Johann and Hieronymus Froben], 1520 January. First collected edition. . In 17th century vellum, the author’s name lettered in ink to spine, tinted edges. Leonhard Bürck’s possessor’s inscription in ink on the title page and p. 431. Woodcut borders to the four title pages. Woodcut initials and headpieces. Woodcut printer’s device at the end. 465[=495] [1] p. [Some misnumberred, omitted.] Coll.: A–K8 L4 M–Z8 2A–2e8 2F4 2G–2I8. Old underlines and marginal notes in ink to a few pages. Stains occasionally. Old restoration to O1–2 with no effect on the text. Overall in very good condition.

Scarce first edition of Erasmus’ paraphrases on the first four Pauline epistles with possessor’s inscription of the important 17th-century publisher in Frankfurt, Leonhard Brück.

The present volume of Paraphrases is the first collected edition of Erasmus’ monumental commentary on the Gospels, which was composed and published between 1517 and 1523. Erasmus began the work on the commentary of the Gospels with the Pauline epistles. They were first issued separately, starting with the paraphrase of Romans in 1517 (Thierry Martens), continued with both epistles of Corinthians (1519, Thierry Martens) and the Galatians, which was published in 1520 by Martens in Louvain and Froben in Basel. The remaining epistles appeared by 1521 when they were also published in a collected edition by Froben. Any of the lifetime editions of the Paraphrases, both separate and collected, are rare on the market.

Provenance: inscription on title page (and on p. 431) “M. Leonhardus Bürck me possidit A[nn]o 16?2”; Leonhard Bürck (Burck, Burkius, Burcken) was a printer and publisher in Frankfurt, active between 1611 and 1628. Bürck is identified as the step-grandfather of Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen.

USTC 682544 (5 copies, only in Germany); Bezzel 1163; VD 16, E 3060.

Price: €8,000.00

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