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No place or date. - 8vo (144 x 200 mm). 6-line quotation below a longer quotation by a different hand. Crown watermark. Two quotations from the Dicta Catonis and from the satires of Lucilius, penned by Ulrich von Hutten beneath a longer quotation from Boethius's "De Consolatione Philosophiae" ("Quis legem dat amantibus?" etc.) in another hand. The leaf would seem to have belonged to an album or florilegium, though the page format and notes on the verso (a list of contents for a Latin versification manual) do little to support this notion. Ulrich von Hutten's juxtaposed contributions defend two central virtues of humanism - the pursuit of good scholarship and the courage to speak one's mind: "Cato dicit. / Cum tibi contigerit studio cognoscere multa / Fac discas multa, vites nil velle doceri" ("Should you know much already, learn more; and cherish the desire of improvement"); "Lucillius / Mihi necesse est loqui / nam scio Amyclas silentio perisse" ("I must speak out; for well I know that Amiclae was destroyed for its silence"). - Hutten, a scholar, poet and religious thinker, was an outspoken critic of the Roman Catholic Church and adherent of the Lutheran Reformation. His early literary life was dedicated to neo-Latin poetry: a master of the Latin language, he excelled in satirical and passionate invective. He is regarded as more open in the expression of his opinions than almost any other man of his age, and did much to prepare the way for the Reformation and to promote it. - Some browning near edges. 18th-century authentification note ("Autographum Ulrici de Hutten") in red ink at the foot of the page. Extremely rare: one of the last examples of Ulrich von Hutten's hand in a private collection was documented in Geigy-Hagenbach's 1925 "Album" catalogue.
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