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ANDREAE, Johann Valentin.]
Reipublicae Christianopolitanae descriptio .
heirs of Lazarus Zetzner, 1619. Fine sammelband of four scarce first editions of works by the Renaissance theologian, Lutheran reformer, and self-proclaimed founding Rosicrucian Johann Valentin Andreae (1586-1654), including his celebrated Reipublicae Christianopolitanae, a Protestant vision of the Christian Utopia. The volume includes a folding engraved plate, often missing, depicting two views of the perfect city: a bird s-eye view of its walls, courtyards, and central tower, together with an aerial blueprint of its symmetrical architectural layout. Like its famous predecessor, More s Utopia (1516), Andreae s Christianopolis describes the ideal Christian society from the perspective of a visiting narrator, in this case the shipwrecked pilgrim Cosmoxenus Christianus, who observes the city s inhabitants, social institutions and way of life. As Thompson has remarked, however, the work s blueprint for establishing a small community of scholar-craftsmen in contrast to the stratified castes of Utopia marks it as a Lutheran alternative to the Jesuit collages of the counter-reformation, and a Christocentric alternative to the Rosicrucian myth with which Andreae was also associated. Many of the work s 100 chapters, e.g. The Library, The Pharmacy, The Natural Science Laboratory, Mathematical Instruments, Astrononomy etc., also testify to Andreae s education in the humanities and natural sciences: he read Erasmus and Lipsiu, studied mathematics under Maestlin, and corresponded with Kepler until the latter s death in 1630. Manuel also notes that, unlike Utopia or Campanella s City of … [Click Below for Full Description]
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