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Sergius vel capitis caput
Leipzig, in aedibus Valentin Schumann, 1520. [NUMEROUS CONTEMPORARY ANNOTATIONS] Small 4to. 12 unnumbered ll., A-B6. Roman letter, little Greek. Woodcut ornament with Leipzig arms to t-p. Slight age browning, minor tear to upper edge of t-p and small hole just touching two letters, light water stain and minor fraying to first outer blank margin, verso of couple of ll. dust-soiled, outer blank margin of last seven ll. trimmed. Disbound with traces of sewing, first five ll. with extensive contemporary annotations. Interesting annotated copy of this famous anti-Catholic satirical play. Johannes Reuchlin (1455-1522) was a German humanist, and one of the earliest scholars of Greek in Germany, trained at Paris and Basel; he was known for his theories of Greek pronunciation. Having fled to Heidelberg after the death of his patron, Count Eberhard of Württenberg, he gained the position of tutor to the children of Philip, Count Palatine of the Rhine. His sister s grandson was the Protestant Philip Melanchthon, with whom he fell out after the Reformation. Despite his Catholicism, Reuchlin was critical of aspects of the Roman Church like the frequently debatable behaviour of monks and the commerce of false relics the subject of this play. First published in 1504 and much reprinted, Sergius marked the beginning of Neo-Latin comedy in Germany (Dall Asta, Lateinische Drama , 14). Its title refers to Sergius/Bahira, a Nestorian monk of the 6th century and the narrative persona of Reuchlin s adversary, the Augustinian Conrad Holzinger who prophesized to Muhammad his glorious future. Conside … [Click Below for Full Description]
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