Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bound in a contemporary blindstamped alum-tawed pigskin over wood. This binding was specially done in 1565 and has detailed blindstamped iconography of Adam and Eve, the Serpent in the Wilderness, the Crucifixion, Resurrection and surrounded by various figures unindentified other than halos, two are reading a book. These types of bindings have become scarce as the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) disrupted normal life in Germany. Urbanus Rhegius (1489-1541) highly educated and a friend of Erasmus as well as a follower of the Via Moderna, he was a famous court preacher before the Reformation who was associated with John Eck (who debated Luther at the Diet of Worms); initially he went along with the Roman Catholic Church even announcing the bulla (bull) known as Exsurge Domine against Luther; however, by his own critical stance against the selling of indulgences. Yet as Lyndal Roper notes he found Luther's theses everywhere in German. he wrote an apology for Luther in 1521 and was discharged becoming an evangelical pastor in 1524 and in attempting to form a compromise with Zwingli and Luther helped to have a major role in developing the Augsburg Confession in 1530. Rhegius was not only desirous of more compromise than Luther felt desirable but also unlike Luther he took a far more tolerant view of the Jews in German society (Roper, p. 384ff) The copies in the Folger Library and Saint Andrews University Library in Scotland are also in a fine pigskin binding. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Opera Urbani [Vrbani] Regii
Publisher: In Officina Ioannis Montani & Vinci Neuberg
Publication Date: 1562
Book Condition: Very Good
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