Dris Martini Lutheri colloquia mensalia: or, Dr. Martin Luther's Divine Discourses At his Table, &c. Which in his life Time hee held with divers Learned Men (Such as were Philip Melancthon, Casparus, Cruciger, Justus Jonas, Paulus Eberus, Vitus Dietericus, Joannes Bugenhagen, Joannes Forsterus, and others) conteining Questions and Answers touching Religion, and other main Points of Doctrine, as also many notable Histories, and all sorts of Learning, Comforts, Advises, Prophesies, Admonitions, Directions, and Instructions. Collected first together by Dr. Antonius Lauterbach, and afterward disposed into certain Common places by John Aurifaber Dr. in Divitie
London: Printed by William Du-gard.. 1652 First edition in English of Martin Luther's "Table Talk"Ñhis informal, wide-ranging, often colorful and sometimes controversial conversations about topics ranging from Scripture to the sacraments, from the lives of the saints to the learning of scholastics, from civil magistrates to sacred music, etc. Contemporary calf, rebacked to style. Spine stamped in gilt and blind with black morocco label, edges stained red. . Folio. Lacks the engraved frontiportrait, as appears to be the case more often than not. Lacks the blank Bbb6. Title-page in black and red. Title-page soiled and remargined, light marginal browning, intermittent dampstain, primarily at the top corner, though affecting text in the last part of the book. A decent copy of a book that is difficult to find in excellent condition. The history of this book is almost as extraordinary as its contents. It seems, from the preface of the translator, that nearly all the copies of the original work were destroyed by order of Pope Gregory XIII; and that a gentleman, in 1652, on digging a foundation turned up a book carefully wrapped in coarse linen cloth and covered with bees-wax which proved to be the Divine Discourses of Luther, as buried by his grandfather, in order to evade the edict of the Pope" (Lowndes, p. 1416).
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