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MORIAE ENCOMIUM: OR A PANEGYRICK UPON FOLLY - Erasmus, Desiderius - 1709. 
J. Woodward, London 1709 - 8vo. Frontis. (24), xvi, viii, (12, Catalogue of the Paintings of Hans Holbein ), (1) 2-171p. Illustrated with the frontispiece and 46 engraved figures by Hans Holbein. The cuts are full- and half-page in size, a few in the text, those on full pages are not figured in the pagination. Bound in contemporary speckled paneled calf with maroon spine label gilt. Bookplate of Sr. Lister Holte of Aston in Warwickshire Barnt. (1720-1770)."This ingenious satire against all ranks and conditions of persons, but more especially the monks, was composed by Erasmus in seven days" (Lowndes).Lowndes II: 749.Written in 1511, 'The Praise of Folly' is a "brilliant, biting satire on the folly to be found in all walks of life. His scepticism has led people to call Erasmus the father of eighteenth-century rationalism, but his rationalist attitude is that of prefect common sense, ti which tyranny and fanaticism were alike abhorrent." PMM 43. Contents generally clean with some scattered foxing and some minor damping, joints prefessionally strengthened, now quite sound and presentable [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: First Folio A.B.A.A.]
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