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Iohannes Frobenius lectori. Habes iterum Morias Encomiu[m] / pro castigatissimo castigatius ; una cu[m] Listrij co[m]mentarijs, [et] alijs complusculis libellis, non minus eruditis q[uam] festiuis ; quorum catalogum proxima mox indicabit pagella (Lvdvs L. Annei Senecę de morte Claudii Cęsaris. Synesivs Cyrenensis de laudibus Caluitii. Epistola apologetica Ersami Roterodami ad Martinum Dorpium.) Bene uale.[Bound with:]Germania Enee Silvii: in qua candide lector continentur : gravamina germanice nationis : confutatio eorundem cum replicis ; de concilio Constantiensi & Basiliensi ; describuntur hic urbes, civitates, ecclesie, episcopatus, abbacie, principatus & principatus & nobilissime familie Germanorum? De concordatis principum. De officio

Erasmus, Desiderius (ca. 1466-1536): Piccolomini, Aeneas Sylvius (Pope Pius II) (1405-1464); Wimpfeling, Jakob (1450-1528): Lactantius, Lucius Caecilius Firmianus (ca. 240 ? ca. 320): Lactantius, Lucius Caecilius Firmianus (ca. 240 ? ca. 320)

Published by Io. Froben, and Excusum per Renatu[m] Beck in aedibus zum Thiergarten, and Jean Petit, In vico Sancti Iacobi, 1515 and 1515 and, Basel: and Strasbourg: and Paris:, 1513
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Large Quarto: 3 works bound in one volume: I. Piccolomini: i-iv, A-B4, C8, D-E4, F8, G-H4, I8, K-L4, M8, N-O4, P6. II. Lactantius: A6, B4, a-z8/4, A-D8/4, E6, F-N8/4, O6, P4. III. "Praise of Folly": a-h4, a-z4, A-B4, C6 The 1515 Froben ?Praise of Folly?In a Humanist SammelbandBound in Contemporary Pigskin and Wooden Boards This edition includes the original dedicatory letter to Thomas More, whose name Erasmus plays upon cleverly in the title of the work; and the letter to Martin Dorp in which Erasmus explains his motives for writing the ?Moria?: ?My aim in the ?Folly? was exactly the same as in my other works. Only the presentation was different. In the ?Enchiridion? I simply outlined the pattern of a Christian life. In my little book, the ?Education of a Christian Prince?, I offered plain advice on how to instruct a prince. In my ?Panegyric? I did the same under the veil of eulogy as I had done elsewhere explicitly. And in the ?Folly? I expressed the same ideas as in the ?Enchiridion?, but in the form of a joke.? The Froben edition is augmented with a number of other texts (See the final paragraphs of this description.)Praise of Folly:?The ?Praise of Folly? is Erasmus? most famous and controversial work? In Erasmus? lifetime, the ?Moria? was condemned in 1527 by the theologians of Paris for its attacks on faith and morality and again in 1533 by the Franciscans, who found it full of heresies. The officials of the Sorbonne put it on the list of condemned books in 1542 and 1543, a list that was the basis of the Tridentine Index of 1564??The ?Moria? may start as a learned joke to amuse a fellow humanist [Thomas More] but it moves into sharp criticism of contemporary mores, and ends with a plea for a return to the Christianity of the Gospels? Erasmus writes in a Lucianic spirit of irreverent burlesque of the gods of classical mythology and light-hearted amusement at the irrationality of mankind. Folly argues that she is all that is natural, youthful, fecund, and happy, and that life would be intolerable if it were not ruled by civilized conventions, which necessitate a degree of humbug and illusion. By contrast, the Stoic ideal rational man is a ?kind of marble statue of a man, devoid of sense and any sort of human feeling.? She [then] shifts her viewpoint and lists the people who enjoy her benefits in so far as they try to preserve their illusions or are happy in their ignorance, self-deception, or self-love. She even adds superstitious piety to alchemy, gambling, and the nobility?s obsession with hunting and extravagant building??[Next] Erasmus starts to deliver a sharp and often bitter attack on all the victims of blind folly, those who are deaf to the voice of true religion and lacking the gentler Christian virtues, among whom are sycophants, self-seekers, money-makers, pedants, scholastics, lawyers, theologians, superstitious worshippers of images and relics, courtiers and kings, worldly monks, and irreligious pontiffs. This section culminates in a savage thrust at Pope Julius II, the bellicose pope. The keen wit and ingenuity of the satire can be highly entertaining, but there is no note of gaiety now. As Erasmus surveys the gulf between the Church and the ?true philosophy of Christ? he moves into the final section, where the alternative offered to barren scholasticism is the vision of reality taken from Plato, and folly in the sense used by Saint Paul, that of receptivity to the Christian message by the ?fool in Christ.? All irony is dropped, until the final short epilogue when Folly light-heartedly cuts short her ?hotch-potch of words?; this is a direct and simply worded account of Erasmus? personal belief, moving into an exposition of the Neoplatonist concept that the soul?s ascent to beatitude ends in ecstasy, a form of folly which is its supreme fulfillment.?(Betty Radice, CWE Vol. 27, pp. 78 ff.)Piccolomini?s ?Germania?:Shortly after 1455, Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini came into possession of the recently rediscovered man. Bookseller Inventory # 2454D

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Title: Iohannes Frobenius lectori. Habes iterum ...

Publisher: Io. Froben, and Excusum per Renatu[m] Beck in aedibus zum Thiergarten, and Jean Petit, In vico Sancti Iacobi, 1515 and 1515 and, Basel: and Strasbourg: and Paris:

Publication Date: 1513

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