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ERASMUS, Desiderius
Opus de conscribendis epistolis
Paris, Simon de Colines, 1539. 8vo, ff. 194. Roman letter, very little Greek; title within floral border with centaurs, nymphs, medallion portraits and printer¬ís monogram; light dampstain to blank head of a few leaves in gathering k, two upper margins torn without text loss, tiny marginal wormholes to final gathering. A very good, well-margined copy in contemporary Flemish calf, blind-tooled with triple-fillet border and elaborate central panel with Hope on plinth with quotation from Psalm 70 and 90, signed by the anonymous Leuven binder IP (Goldschmidt, II/2, no. 179 and Foot, Henry Davis Gift, II, p. 358, no. 302); spine with raised band and six blind-tooled compartments; corners slightly chipped, two tiny wormholes to front cover, light minor stains to rear; original pastedowns, raised, one Gothic in black and red from ms leaf of French early fourteenth-century religious commentary, in Latin, double-column, the other in a northern humanist hand from a late fifteenth-century philosophical treatise in Latin, with marginal contemporary Latin alphabet written by childish hand; contemporary inscriptions by Northern French or Flemish hands scribbled over on front endpaper recto. Early and accurate edition of a Renaissance bestseller for letter-writing, first printed in 1522. Erasmus (1466-1536) was by far the most influential humanist of his time, especially as regards education in classics. De conscribendis epistolis was Erasmus¬ís second most famous rhetorical textbook after De copia verborum, appearing in ninety editions. Written in Cambridge between 1509 and 1511, a unautho … [Click Below for Full Description]
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