Quarto:  pp. Collation: A4 The Devil refuses to allow any more mercenaries into Hell A famous satire by Hans Sachs in which Lucifer announces to his council that he would like to add some mercenaries to his retinue. He sends Beelzebub to lie in wait at a tavern frequented by mercenaries in order to procure a pair. The mercenaries tell hair-raising stories of their violence and pillaging as they drink but bless each other so often for sneezing and hiccupping that Beelzebub cannot manage to ensnare them. When one of the mercenaries asks the landlord to retrieve a stolen cock from behind the stove, with the words ?Go fetch that poor devil?, Beelzebub thinks that he has been found out and, terrified at the thought of being captured by so fearsome a creature as the mercenary, flees back to hell. He apologizes to Lucifer for his failure but assures him that it would be impossible to live with mercenaries because all of hell would be eaten out of house and home, and the marauders would seize Lucifer?s bishoprics. Lucifer decides to content himself with monks, nuns, lawyers, and mundane sinners.Hans Sachs was a poet, playwright, writer of dialogues, and an accomplished Meistersinger of the Nuremberg School (Sachs is the title character of Wagner?s ?Meistersinger?). A shoemaker and guild master by trade, Sachs was an ardent supporter of Luther and the Reformation. Sachs? songs, plays, and dialogues address the social concerns of his day and the effects of the Reformation on the established social order. VD 16, S 555; Goetze 245d; see Goed II, 430, 267b and Weller ?Sachs? 199 (another edition) Modern boards. A nice copy with a very light stain to the title page. With a large woodcut on the title depicting three richly dressed mercenaries at dinner in a tavern with Beelzebub lurking in the corner of the room behind a stove. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Der Teuffel lest kein Landsknecht mer inn ...
Publisher: G. Merkel,
Publication Date: 1559
Edition: FOURTH EDITION (first 1555)..
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