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Vergleychung des allerheyligisten herren, und vatter des Bapsts, gegen dem seltzamen frembden gast, in der Christenheyt, gnant Jesus, der in kurtzer zeyt widerumb in Teutschlandt ist komen, und yetzund wider will in Egiptenlandt als eyn verachter bey unns.
[Wittenberg?: Nickel Schirlentz?, 1523]. Small 4to (19 cm; 7.5"). [12] ff. Schrodt and Vogelstein write of this work that it "is a bitingly sarcastic portrayal of the papacy across the ages. In crisp language the author juxtaposes quotes from the Gospel with words and actions of the popes. E.g., Christ sent out his apostles to preach and to convert the people. The pope sends his apostates to tax and subvert the world."    The title-page bears => a woodcut single-element border featuring a bearded near-naked man with a child and a naked woman opposite with a child; Adam and Eve, with Cain and Abel?    This is the issue without the colophon.    WorldCat locates => only two copies of any edition in North America and with COPAC finds only two copies of this edition in Great Britain.    Provenance: Ex–Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School library with its bookplate (properly deaccessioned). Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).         VD16 K835(?) or K836(?); Schrodt & Vogelstein 149–50; Köhler 2039. 20th-century quarter green cloth with marbled paper sides, gilt red leather spine label; crescent of light waterstaining to foremargin of nearly all leaves. Institutional bookplate. Blank leaf at end with later 16th-century writing in German; same leaf with damage from a liquid spill causing a hole piercing earlier leaves also, affecting perhaps four letters; these leaves show the stain from the spill in graded degrees from "notable" to "faint." => Caustic Reformation controversy.
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