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LOCHER, Jakob

Libri philomusi. Panegyrici ad Rege(m). Tragedia de Thurcis et Suldano. Dyalog de heresiarchis

      Strassburg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger. 1497. 19th century half vellum 4to . FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION of this Strasbourg incunable. The text consists of three long works and a number of shorter works in poetry and prose by the court poet Jakob Locher (1471- 1528). Of particular interest is the middle poetical work, "Tragedia de Thurcis et Suldano", which consists of an early admonition against the Turks in five acts (dated id. Maiis, 1497). The work starts with poems in praise of the emperor and high-ranking personalities from court and clergy: with an Epigram by the author, an Epistle to Conr. Sturczel de Bücham; a poetical Elogium to the same; an Epistle to Sigism. Krützer and followed by an Epigram on A6. 'Verba regis ad poetam quem herera conronat,' in verse (with woodcut of the author crowned with ivy along with Horace and a seated Maximilian). The "Panaegyricus" is a prose work in praise of Maximilian and the last work, "Dyalogus", attacks all forms of heresy.& Thirteen of the remarkable woodcuts were taken from Strasbourg editions of Terence and The Ship of Fools; six woodcuts appear here for the first time and are in the style of the "Terence Master." There is a full-page woodcut of the author in study on the verso of the title-page; the arms of Maximilian on two shields; figures of a margrave of Baden and Locher with arms; six naked children with a sheet of music; a cardinal, the pope and emperor; consultation of Bajazet and the Sultan; six warriors, one holding a standard with cross and half-eagle; a winged child; a full-page woodcut of a triumphal car, with men singing from music. "The remaining woodcuts are nine composite cuts from the Terence of 1496, that on H1, it may be remarked, being a 'nuntius' with badges of the Pope and Emperor on his breast." (Fairfax-Murray). & Jakob Locher (called Philomusus) lectured on poetry at Freiburg "and tutored Karl and Christoph von Baden. He received the poet's laurel from the Emperor Maximilian I in 1497. A year later he was called to Ingoldstadt as a lecturer in poetry in succession to Conradus Celtis" (Contemp. of Erasmus II, p. 338). He edited Latin authors and provided translations as well as writing plays and poetry. A very handsome work and well preserved work which only lacks the last leaf which had the colophon on the recto with a blank verso 61 (of 62 leaves) with 19 (2 full-page) woodcuts from 16 wood blocks. Lacking last leaf with colophon (on rector with blank verso); title in Gothic, text in Roman type with, 3 Greek words printed as woodcuts; tiny round worm hole; generally very nice copy. § Hain 10153; GW M18631; BMC I, 112; Goff L-264; Polain 2505; Proctor 483; Schramm XX, p. 5, 23; Fairfax-Murray 242; Schmidt, Grüninger 32; Slg. Schäfer 212; Goedeke I, 427, 9; Rosenwald Coll. 184

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