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Autograph letter signed ("Martinus LütheR D").: Luther, Martin, theologian

Luther, Martin, theologian and reformer (1483-1546).

Published by [Wittenberg, ca 1 Sept. 1543]. (1543)

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About this Item: [Wittenberg, ca 1 Sept. 1543]., 1543. Folio (200 x 307 mm). 2 pp. German manuscript (brown ink) on paper (watermark: letter F in circle). An extensive, uncommonly well-preserved letter to Georg Buchholzer (1503-66), Provost of St Nikolai in Berlin, regarding the latter s altercation with the Brandenburgian court preacher Johann Agricola from Eisleben (1492-1566, also known as "Magister Eisleben") about the treatment of the local Jews. Prince Elector Joachim II, who in 1539 had introduced the Reformation to Brandenburg and whose tolerant politics toward Jews enraged the population, had long desired a reconciliation between Luther and his former disciple Agricola, and he must have suspected that Provost Buchholzer was poisoning Luther s mind against his court preacher. Buchholzer therefore wrote to Luther requesting an interpretation of some Biblical verses by which Agricola justified his pro-Jewish stance, and in his answer Luther insists that Buchholzer has done well to preach against the Jews and shall continue to do so, ignoring the habitual liar Agricola: "Grace and Peace. My dear Provost! I must be brief with writing, for the sake of my weak head. You are aware that you have no previous association with me, nor I with you, other than that you recently wrote to me asking for an explanation regarding several statements. And even if you were to write me many things about M. Eisleben, how could I believe you alone? For whoever says that you or anyone in Berlin or in all of Brandenburg is inciting me against Eisleben, if he says so unwittingly, may God forgive him, but if he says it knowingly, then he is a roguish liar, as well as M. Eisleben himself has lied frequently, here in Wittenberg. M. Eisleben needs nobody to incite me against him; he himself is much better at that, much better than anyone whom he might suspect of such dealing. He knows that full well. [.] In my opinion, he will give up his life before he gives up his lying. You have preached against the Jews and fought serious battles over that with the Margrave. [.] And you were quite right to do so. Stand fast and persevere! The words against you which you quoted to me, allegedly protecting the Jews, I will not hope to be true, nor shall I believe that M. Eisleben ever will preach or ever has preached such. I do not yet consider him so deeply fallen. May God prevent him! [.] For then M. Eisleben would not be the Elector s preacher, but a true devil, letting his sayings be so shamefully misused to the damnation of all those who associate with Jews. For these Jews are not Jews, but devils incarnate who curse our Lord, who abuse His mother as a whore and Him as Hebel Vorik and a bastard, this is known for certain. And anyone who is capable of eating or drinking or associating with such a foul mouth is a Christian as well as the devil is a saint. [.] You may show this letter to whomever you wish. I do not know, nor do I care, who wrote the other three letters from Wittenberg to Berlin. You will undoubtedly confess this to be the first letter you ever received from me. For your name and person were previously unknown to me [.]" (translated). - Luther had apparently forgotten that several years previously, in late 1539, he had answered a letter of Buchholzer s inquiring about Catholic rites still in use in Reformed Brandenburg. More notably, although Luther is writing to a fellow scholar, this letter is written in German so as that the recipient may show it "to whomever he wishes" that is to say, to the Elector himself, thus providing Buchholzer with a writ of protection against any suspicion which Joachim may harbour against him. - The Hebrew words "Hebel Vorik" (vanity and emptiness) are taken from Isaiah 30:7. They were part of a Jewish prayer in which Jews thanked God for having made them different from those peoples who worshipped "Hebel Vorik", though Luther construed the words as a code for Jesus Christ. - Luther s anti-Judaism had not always been this rabid as a young man he had spoken out judiciously against the traditional defamation of Jews and against all forms of forcible conversion but he soon grew increasingly bitter, and by 1543 his attitude was one of undisguised loathing. His most notorious antisemitic pamphlet, "On the Jews and Their Lies", was published only months before the present letter was written. With the same rhetorical skill with which he had previously ridiculed the papacy he now invoked a grotesque abhorrence of Judaism. As an embodiment of his sentiments in his later years, demonstrating how precisely the antisemitic church politics and discourse of the 1540s matched Luther s instructions, the letter has been quoted or paraphrased by several important biographies of the Reformer (cf. M. Brecht, Luther, vol. 3 [1987], p. 344; most recently: L. Roper, Luther [2016], p. 532 n. 33). - Less than two years later, in a letter dated March 9, 1545, Luther would write to Elector Joachim II directly, warning him against the "tricks" of the Jews, in whom he is said to have too much confidence, adding that he is "glad that the Provost [Buchholzer] is so severe on those Jews, which is a proof of his loyalty to your Grace; and I encourage him to continue in the path he has chosen". - Condition report: several corrections in the text by Luther s own hand. Date of receipt noted by Buchholzer at the foot of the verso page: "Received by me in Berlin on Wednesday after St Egyd [5 September] anno etc. 43." Slightly browned and brownstained throughout; traces of contemporary folds. Not noticeably wrinkled; no significant edge tears; a beautifully preserved specimen. - Provenance: before 1914 nothing more of the letter was known than the words branding Agricola an incorrigible liar ("will give up his life before he gives up his lying"), which Buchholzer had hurled at his adversary during a disputation as late as 1562, offering to show him the passage in Luther s letter. In the early 19th century, the editors of Agricola s writings confessed that such a. Seller Inventory # 47014

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BIBLE. OLD TESTAMENT IN GERMAN. Luther, Martin (1483-1546), translator

Published by Strasbourg: (1525)

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About this Item: Strasbourg:, 1525. Condition: Fine. Otto Sch fer's Copy ÐAn Exceptional Set in Contemporary Green Calf ÐIllustrated with 75 Fine WoodcutsFolio: Three volumes bound as one.30.5 x 20.8 cm.Vol. I: [6], CLI, [1] lvs. Vol. II: [1], CXC, [1] lvs., Vol. III: LXXXVII lvs. Collation: Vol. I: i-vi, A-Z6, Aa6, Bb8 (Bb8 blank and present.) Vol. II: A-Z6, Aa-Ii6 (Ii6 blank and present). Vol III: A-C6, D4, E-P6An exceptional set of all three volumes bound together in contemporary green calfskin, ruled and ornately tooled in blind, over wooden boards, with the clasps and catches preserved. Illustrated with two woodcut title page borders and 75 fine woodcuts, including a full-page woodcut of Job. These are very fine copies printed on heavy paper with only a little damp-staining in the gutter of the first and final signature. Provenance: early inscription "J.O.F.H." at head of first title; Otto Sch fer.A fine set of an early printing of Luther's German Old Testament, profusely illustrated. The first volume of the Old Testament, including the Pentateuch, was first published at Wittenberg by Melchior Lotter, the Younger, for Lucas Cranach and Christian D ring, in mid-1523. The next volume, containing Joshua to Esther appeared sometime in early 1524, and the third volume, Job to Song of Songs, was completed in September or October 1524. At that point Luther put aside the project of translating the rest of the Old Testament and it would not be until 1532 that a fourth and last volume, starting with Isaiah and ending with Malachi, was released. Thus, the first two volumes of this Strasbourg edition came off the press while Luther was still in the process of translating.While Luther had hesitated to illustrate the Gospels, he gave explicit instructions for illustrating the Old Testament. Lucas Cranach furnished woodcuts for the first Wittenberg edition but subsequent editions drew from a variety of earlier illustrated Bibles, such as Adam Petri's "Altes Testament"(Basel, 1523), which used motifs derived from Hans Sch nsperger's 1487 Bible, and a 1524 Nuremberg edition by Friedrich Pepys with woodcuts by Hans Springinklee and Erhard Sch n. Similarly, the woodcuts in the present Basel edition cannot all be traced back to Cranach's work. In the first volume, they are based on Petri's 1523 Basel edition, including the Creation of Eve, which is after a design by Hans Holbein the Elder. In the second volume, however, the printers adhere more closely to the Wittenberg woodcuts (see, for example, the illustrations of Solomon's Temple in the Book of Kings) but the copyist seems also to have had access to the woodcuts of Erhard Sch n, first used at Lyon by Anton Koberger the Younger in 1518 (see the woodcuts in the Book of Joshua.). Seller Inventory # 3838

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Die Sieben puszpsalm mit deutscher auszlegug nach: LUTHER, Martin (LUDER,

LUTHER, Martin (LUDER, Martinus)

Published by Johann Rhau-Grunenberg, Wittenberg (1517)

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About this Item: Johann Rhau-Grunenberg, Wittenberg, 1517. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to (208 x 155 mm). 46 unnumbered leaves. Signatures: A4 (B-H)6 (H6 blank). Colophon on H5v reads " Gedruckt tzu Wittenbergk yn der Churfurstlichen stad durch Joannem Grunenbergk Nach Christ geburt Tausent funffhundert und im sibentzen jar. Bey den Augustinern." Bound in 18th century xylographic wrappers (light soiling). Text evenly browned, occasional minor, mostly marginal, spotting and dust soiling, fol. C6r with brown staining; one wormhole running all through (affecting some letters of text), and a few further at blank margins. Ink annotation in contemporary hand on title-page and fol. D6v. Provenance: form a Hungarian private collection; no library stamps (including erased stamps) or other ownership entries present. A very good, wide-margined copy. ---- "No book, no Reformation" (Bernd Moeller). IMPOSSIBLY RARE FIRST EDITION, ISSUE B, of Martin Luther's first original publication, Die sieben Busspsalmen (the seven penitential psalms), which appeared in the spring of 1517, about half a year before the nailing of his 95 Theses on a church door at Wittenberg. Only a handful of copies are known to exist (see further below). Before autumn 1517, Martin Luther was not much more than a rather obscure Augustinian friar and preacher in a small German town, but his 95 Theses, in which he vigorously objected to the corrupt practice of the Roman Catholic Church of selling indulgences to absolve sin, changed the world and became the foundation of the Protestant Revolution. Luther intended his 95 Theses, which were written in Latin and in a remarkably humble and academic tone, rather as the basis of a scholarly disputation. No copies of a Wittenberg printing have survived, which is not surprising as Luther was not famous and the importance of the document was not recognized at that time. When Luther posted his Theses, it is likely that no one would have noticed, if not for the press. Luther used the press so well because he knew his audience and used the language of the common people. It was this vernacular and not the Latin that he learned to use in his street orations, and he naturally turned to the vernacular for his message to his German colleagues as he sought a way to embody his new theology. And it was his use of the printing press to get that vernacular message out quickly and effectively that made the difference. (M. McIntosh-Doty). Die sieben Busspsalmen is the first of Luther's biblical commentaries and translations into German vernacular, published just before he changed his name from Luder to Luther. Bluhm notes that it was probably written in January and/or February, 1517, perhaps even in the last months of 1516 according to a letter of Luther to Lang dated March 1, 1517 (Bluhm, p.103). The New Testament epistle of Romans and Israel's Old Testament book of psalms were the two that Luther was predominantly studying and teaching as professor of biblical studies at Wittenberg University in the years preceding his posting of the Theses. "It was these two books of Scripture that radically affected Luther and changed the course of human history. While Romans would principally formulate his doctrine, it was the Psalms that dramatically emboldened him to proclaim God's message to the world. In other words, Romans gave Luther his theology, but it was the Psalms that gave him his thunder. The Psalms gave Luther a towering view of God, so much so that in preaching the gospel, he was ready to fight the devil himself. In so doing, these two biblical books laid the scriptural foundation for the Protestant Reformation." (Steven J. Lawson, Preaching the Psalms, 2012). The success of Luther's Busspsalmen was instantaneous and widespread. His "searching analysis of the human situation made a deep impression upon the many readers who, like the author's superior in the Augustinian order, gave the slender volume an enthusiastic reception. . . Visit our website for additional images and further reading!. Seller Inventory # 003180

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Luther, Martin

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About this Item: Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Martin LUTHER. 16th & early 17th Century original publications in English. All below as a lot & bound in 2 similar: but gilded differently, full vellum bindings circa 1840s. Both bindings created by "Sevan" for a rich client. Both have finely incised gold work on all 3 edges plus gold work around the bindings. Both have a gold lion figure on the front cover &: "Nobilis IRA". Gilded leather spine labels. Both close to 5½"x7½" & thick. Both were sold at Sotheby's in 1847. The original catalog entries are included. Both have one finely; and, very different from each other, full-color illuminated manuscript leaf made for the book, with signature "H.M.S.S." in the fronts. Both near fine condition, tight, complete. Both in old Black Letter print. 1) "A Commentarie or Exposition Upon Two Epistles generall of Saint Peter and that of Saint Jude. First faithfully gathered out of the Lectures and Preachings of that Worthie Instruments in Goddes Church, Doctour Martin Luther; and, now out of Latin. For the singular benefite and comfort of the godlie, familiarlie translated into Englishe by Thomas Newton" London: Abraham Veals: 1581. 344 pp on 172 numbered sheets. In same volum: "A Commentarie of M. Doctor Martin Luther upon the Epistle of S. Paul to the Galathians, First collected and gathered word by word, out of this preaching; and, now out of Latin Faithfully translated into English for the unlearned." London: 1603: Richard Field. 2) "Luther, Fore Runners or a Cloud of Witnesses, gathered together in the Historie of the Walenses for who diverse 100 years before Luther sucessfully opposed Popery. and sealed it with their blood. Being most grievously persecuted; and, many thousands of them martyred, by the tyrannie of the Man of sinne and his superstitious adherents and cruel instruments." Collected by I.P.P.1., Translated out of French by Samson Lennard. London: Nathaniel Newbery: 1624, 458 pp in 4 separately paged parts, AND WITH: "Look Beyond Luther: Or an Answere to That Question. so often and so insultingly proposed by our Adversaries. asking us Where This out Religion was before Luthers time? Whereto are added sound props to Beare up honest-hearted Protestants. that they fall not from their saving-faith" by Richard Bernard of Batcome in Sommersetshire (all works by this author are exceedingly rare). London: Felix Kyngston. Sold by Edmund Weaver at his shop at the great North-doors of Paul's: 1623, 56 pp. The Entirety $52,000. Seller Inventory # 000119

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Martin Luther

Published by M.R. Winkler (1990)

ISBN 10: 0961034432 ISBN 13: 9780961034436

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About this Item: M.R. Winkler, 1990. Unknown Binding. Condition: Good. Satisfaction 100% guaranteed. Seller Inventory # mon0000646718

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About this Item: Jena, Christian Rödinger, Donatus Richtzenhain, Thomas Rebart, -1562, 1555. 4°; Titelblätter jeweils in Rot und Schwarz m. Vignette in Holzschnitt, zahlreiche 4- bis 7-zeilige Initialen u. einige Vignetten in Holzschnitt; Bd. 1: 11 Bl., 588 pag. Bl., 4 Bl., 2 Bl. m. je 1 Holzschnitt, 2 Bl.; Bd. 2: 6 Bl., 523 pag. Bl., 2 Bl., 2 Bl. m. je 1 Holzschnitt; Bd. 3: 6 Bl.,1 ganzseit. Holzschnitt, 534 pag. Bl. m. 1 Abb. in Holzschnitt; Bd. 4: 4 Bl. m. 1 ganzseit. Holzschnitt, 547 pag. Bl. m. 3 Holzschnitten, 2 Bl.; Bd. 5: 7 Bl., 1 ganzseit. Holzschnitt, 536 pag. Bl., 2 Bl.; Bd. 6: 7 Bl., 1 ganzseit. Holzschnitt, 546 pag. Bl., 2 Bl.; Bd. 7: 5 Bl., 1 ganzseit. Holzschnitt, 449 pag. Bl., 1 Bl.; Bd. 8: 5 Bl., 1 ganzseit. Holzschnitt, 391 pag. Bl., 1 Bl., Pgt. (Unterschiedlich gebräunt) auf Holzdeckeln mit 9 (von 16) metallenen Schliessen., Innen etw. (stock-)fleckig, tlw. gebräunt, einige Randverluste u. -risse, zahlr. Marginalien u. Unterstreichungen in Tinte von alten Händen (ebenso Notizen auf den Vs.), gesamthaft gutes Exemplar. Komplettes und kollationiertes Exemplar der berühmten Jenaer Gesamtausgabe. Bde. 1 und 2 in erster Auflage. (VD16/L 3323, L 3324, L 3348, L 3349, L 3350, L 3351, L 3353, L 3354). Alle Bände mit Titelholzschnitt (Friedrich der Weise und Luther unter dem Kreuz knieend), die Bde. 1 und 2 jeweils mit 2 Holzschnitten (Luther und Melanchthon bzw. Georg III., Fürst von Anhalt-Dessau sowie dessen Wappenschild), die Bde. 3 bis 8 jeweils mit einem Holzschnitt der Herzöge von Sachsen (Joh. Friedrich II., Joh. Wilhelm I. und Joh. Friedrich III.) auf Tafeln; im Bd. 3 zusätzlich 1 Holzschnitt (Papstesel), im Bd. 4 drei Holzschnitte (davon 1 Karte) im Text.Auf Veranlassung des Kurfürsten Johann Friedrich von Sachsen (Ernestiner), genannt «der Großmütige» (1503 - 1554), gaben Nikolaus von Amsdorf, Georg Rörer, Johannes Aurifaber u. a. diese Ausgabe als Konkurrenzausgabe zur Wittenberger Ausgabe heraus, welche als teilweise verfälscht erachtet wurde.Luthers Privatsekretär und Vertrauter Georg Rörer (1492 - 1557), der bereits massgeblich am Zustandekommen der Wittenberger Ausgabe beteiligt war, blieb bei der vorliegenden Ausgabe mehr auf die Funktion des Korrektors beschränkt und stand unter der Oberaufsicht der um Jahrzehnte jüngeren Hofprediger Aurifaber und Stoltz. Diese Jenaer Gesamtausgabe gilt der Wittenberger «auf Grund der wissenschaftlichen Editionsgrundsätze als überlegen» (R. Jauernig.). 30000 gr. Schlagworte: Alte Drucke - nach 1550Religion - christliche. Seller Inventory # 48870

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Der Erste (-Achte) Teil aller Bücher und: Martin Luther (*

Martin Luther (* 10.11.1483 in Eisleben, Grafschaft Mansfeld; + 18.02.1546 ebenda)

Published by Thomas Rebarts Erben / Donatum Richtzenhan, Jena (1572)

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About this Item: Thomas Rebarts Erben / Donatum Richtzenhan, Jena, 1572. Leder. Condition: gebraucht. Vollständiges Exemplar der von Georg Rörer, Johann Stoltz und Johannes Aurifaber besorgten Jenaer Gesamtausgabe in 8 Bänden. Georg Rörer hatte bereits bis 1551 die Wittenberger Gesamtausgabe betreut. Diese stand aber in der Kritik wegen des Vorwurfs von Textauslassungen und der Aufnahme von Luther untergeschobenen Schriften. Deshalb wurden für die in Jena zu druckende Gesamtausgabe ausschließlich die Luther zugeordneten Schriften, in ihrem originalen Wortlaut und in chronologischer Reihenfolge berücksichtigt. Die Ausgabe wurde unverändert gedruckt von 1555-58 (1.Druck), 1560-62 (2.Druck), 1562-63 (3.Druck), 1572-80 (4.Druck), 1585-1600 (5.Druck). In Bd I mit Vorr. von Nicolaus von Amsdorff (* 03.12.1483 in Torgau; + 14.05.1565 in Eisenach). Blindgeprägte Originalledereinbände über Holzdeckel. Einbände berieben, bestoßen und beschabt. Einheitlich auf allen Einbänden der Eigentümervermerk "AFWPP" und das Jahr des Erwerbs 1593. Der Einband vermutlich von Casper Meuser der als Schüler und Nachfolger von Jakob Krause dessen Technik beherrschte und sein Werkzeug übernommen hatte. Die typische Einbandgestaltung (u.a. Rahmen von mehrfachen feinen Linien gefasst, christologische Rolle, Medaillonrolle mit Reformatorenköpfen und Platte mit Arabesken gefüllt) spricht für ihn oder einen seiner Schüler. Gegen Johannes Weischner, der vergleichbare Arbeiten in Jena ausführte, spricht dessen Todesjahr 1589. Die Kapitale bei 6 Bänden abgegriffen und mit schmalen Fehlstellen. An zwei Bänden wurde jeweils eine Schließe fachgerecht restauriert. Schmutztitel bei Bd I etwa zur Hälfte abgerissen. Papier altersbedingt unterschiedlich gebräunt, vordere Spiegel je mit älterem Exlibris. Je Band mit Titelbl. in Rot- und Schwarzdr., Titelholzschnitt und halb bzw. ganzseitigem Widmungsholzschnitt mit dem Dreifachporträt der sächsischen Herzöge Johann Friedrich II., Johann Wilhelm und Johann Friedrich III., zudem in Bd II die Holzschnitte "Bapstesel" und "Mönchskalb", in Band III wiederholt der "Babstesel", in Bd IV eine halbseitige Weltkarte mit Darstellung von Europa, Asien u. Afrika. Bd I : VD16 L3385; Bd II : VD16 L3377; Bd III : VD16 L3382; Bd IV : VD16 L3384; Bd V : VD16 L3386; Bd VI : VD16 L3387; Bd VII : VD16 L3390; Bd VIII : VD16 L3389.Graesse IV,300. Sehr selten vollständig, original unikat aus gleicher Zeit gebunden und in diesem sammelwürdigen Zustand. Seller Inventory # BID_10230

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Der erste (-achte) Theil aller Bücher und: Luther, Martin.

Luther, Martin.

Published by Jena, Donat Richtzenhayn, Thomas Rebart, Rebarts Erben, Christian Rödingers Erben, 1557-1580. (1580)

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About this Item: Jena, Donat Richtzenhayn, Thomas Rebart, Rebarts Erben, Christian Rödingers Erben, 1557-1580., 1580. Folio. 8 vols. With 8 woodcut title vignettes and 8 woodcuts in the text. Contemp. blindstamped pigskin bindings over wooden boards, some monogrammed and dated, some with preserved clasps. Second Jena edition of the collected works (in various impressions for various publishers), edited by Amsdorf, Aurifaber, Rörer, Soltz and others. Each volume begins with a brief introduction and an index (a complete index was separately published by Timotheus Kirchner in 1564). Includes: vol. 1 (Richtzenhayn/Rebart 1564), vol. 2 (ibid. 1563); vol. 3 (Richtzenhayn 1573), vol. 4 (ibid. 1560), vol. 5 (Rödinger's heirs 1557), vol. 6 (Richtzenhayn/Rebart 1568), vol. 7 (Rödinger's heirs 1558), vol. 8 (Rebart's heirs 1580). For the woodcuts monogrammed "PG" in vols. I-VII cf. Nagler (Monogrammisten) IV, 2967, 14. Vol. VIII shows the three Saxon Princes with their coats of arms and a 12-line verse encomium, "Des Luthers Bücher gros und klein". The pretty blindstamped bindings show roll-tools and platestamps, various dates and monogrammes. This set was assembled by the Saxon theologian Dr. Carl Friedrich Bonitz (1775-1835), preacher of the afternoon mass at the Leipzig University Church in 1800, then active in Langensalza from 1802 onwards (and superintendent in 1809). His autograph ownership is on the flyleaf of each volume (dated 1807 in the first). Among Bonitz's works are studies in the Pauline epistles and a "Geschichte der Lutherischen Religions- und Kirchenverbesserung" (1805). - Some browning throughout; occasional slight waterstaining; bindings rubbed. Altogether a well-preserved made-up set from the library of a Saxon protestant theologian of the early 19th century. VD 16, ZV 24 1682, L 3355, L 3381, L 3349, L 3330, L 3367 or ZV 21399, L 3336 and L 3389. Aland 572ff. Goedeke II, 151. Cf. BM-STC German 534 (another made-up set). Seller Inventory # 30561

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Opera Ominia: Tomus Primus Operum Reverendi Patris: LUTHER, Martin.

About this Item: Donatus Ritzenhayn & Thomas Ribart and Christianus Rhodius. Jena. 1566 1567 1570, 1564. First Jena edition. 4 Volumes. Thick folio. Vol. I: [xii], 540, (only each leaf numbered so in reality the pages are double this number), [viii] which comprise of a catalogue of Luther's letters etc., a half page errata and the publisher's colophon, dated 1565. (As the publisher's information is already given on the title-page, this was an extra, as from before the early 16th century, this was where the information was to be found. Over this transitional period the publishers would sometimes give the information both on the title-page and at the rear. Often, as in this case, there were discrepencies.) Vol. II: [vi], 571. Vol. III: [iv], 540, [2]pp errata. Vol. IV: [iv], 806 + 2 blank leaves. Woodcut borders to title-pages depicting the seals of the four evangelists and of Luther and Elector Johann Friedrich worshipping the crucified Christ; on verso of Vol. II title, and on leaf following titles in Vols. III & IV, are woodcuts depicting three Saxon princes and their coats of arms; woodcut initials, many of cherubs, engraved decorations. Uniformly bound in contemporary blind-stamped vellum over wooden boards, highly decorated with a central portrait of Luther to upper and lower bds of all volumes. Raised bands, later morocco spine labels with text in gilt. One whole original metal clasp remains to volume IV but all the upper boards retain the upper metal catch. The vellum is worn and soiled but the bindings are sound. The lower board to volume I has been sympathetically restored with a patch of later vellum, possibly 17th/18th century. Each volume has a small neat bookplate from the C.M. College Library at Bala and there is one stamp to the front free e/p but these are 19th century and do not detract. There is some worming to vol. I but it does not affect the reading of the text. There is occ. contemporary underlining and signatures to title-pages. This set is sound. Pictures are available on request. The first complete edition of Luther's works was published at Wittemburg under the auspices of the Elector of Saxony between 1539 and 1559. Those in Latin were in four volumes and those in German in eight. These were subsequently reprinted at both Wittemberg and Jena. Seller Inventory # 38587

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Agricola, Johannes, reformer and close associate of Martin Luther (1494-1566).

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About this Item: N. p. o. d. Oblong 8vo (206:107 mm). 1 p. To a mayor: "Günstiger her burgermeister schwager, weil canzeley gewonlich jeder zeit copeyschriefften den parten von den ausgebrachten befhelichen, zugestelt werden, nimpt mich wunder, warumb der v. Holzendorff die befheliche zu sehen begheret. Achte demnach man erpiete sich ime wegen des stadtschreibers gebhuer abschriefften darvon zuzustellen, unnd die quittungenn wolle man auch auffsuchen. Etwa nach mittags sollen gezeigt werden, die ich vor meine person darzu berichten wollen, doch auff vorbesserung der anderen gestellet, unnd uberschickt euch des von Holzendorffs selbst ubergebene rechnung auch andere brieffliche urkunden zu derselben sache ergangen, wollen die wol vorwaren lassen. Wunsche euch einen guten morgen [.]". - Browned due to paper. Extremely rare. Seller Inventory # 36688

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About this Item: Erfurt Matthes Maler, 1519. 4to. pp. (A6, B-P4), gothic text. 19th century grey calf with ornate gilt decoration. Important and extremely rare original edition of a debate between the leaders of Catholic and Protestant thought. The present work bears witness to a theological study that took place in 1519 between the Catholic theologian Jean Eck and two of the leaders of the Protestant reform movement, Martin Luther and Andreas Karlstadt. Among the topics discussed were the Pope's power, the authority of the Church in matters of doctrine, the free will of Man in the face of Divine Grace, and the indulgences of supposedly supreme religious authorities. This debate provoked an enormous rupture between the so-called Lutherans and Rome, with consequences that divided Europe for centuries to come. We can only trace one copy of this edition coming up at auction, in 1968. Seller Inventory # 94993

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About this Item: Leipzig Johann Heinrich Zedler/Register: Leipzig, Bernhard Christoph Breitkopf 1729-1733/1740, 1729. 12 bindings, containing 22 volumes and a register, (10) 16 588 (8) 834, (8) 4 674 (14) 608, (10) 16 640 (8) 674, (10) 4 548 (8) 636, (14) 744 (12) 576, (10) 32 664 (6) 8 651, (8) 16) 742 (8) 680, (6) 8 620 (6) 621, (10) 720 (6) 534, (6) 708 (2) 380, (8) 736 (2) 592 (4) 224, (26) 144 882 280 p. Contemporary Vellum, Folio H. 34,5 x L. 22,5 x W. 7-8,5 cm. -the complete set is ca. 90 cm. wide- (A single wormhole in the bottom margin of volume 13, top of the back covers of volume 19/20, 21/22 and the register lack a small piece of vellum, the text blocks are slightly browned at some places but not nearly as browned as usual, page 451/452 of volume 9 is present a second time in volume 8, all 22 volumes are illustrated with a large engraved head-piece depicting Luther at the beginning of the main text. Firm and complete set of the works of Martin Luther, 1484-1546. Included is a useful register which was specially made for this edition by Johann Jacob Greiff, 1699-1767. The set is uniformly bound in firm vellum bindings which are in very good condition and surprisingly clean. Altogether a beautiful set of the life's work of the renowned Martin Luther.). Seller Inventory # 10151

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LUTHER, MARTIN/GREIFF, JOHANN JACOB

Published by Leipzig Johann Heinrich Zedler/Register: Leipzig, Bernhard Christoph Breitkopf 1729-1733/1740, Leipzig (1729)

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About this Item: Leipzig Johann Heinrich Zedler/Register: Leipzig, Bernhard Christoph Breitkopf 1729-1733/1740, Leipzig, 1729. Vellum. Condition: Very Good. 1729-1740. Des Theuren Mannes Gottes, D. Martin Luthers Sämtliche Theils von Ihm selbst Deutsch verfertigte, theils aus dessen Lateinischen ins Deutsche übersetzte Schriften und Werke, Welche aus allen vorhin Ausgegangenen Sammlungen zusammen getragen, Und Anietzo in eine bequemere und nach denen Materien eingerichtete Ordnung gebracht, nach denen ältesten und besten Exemplarien mit Fleisz übersehen und verbessert, mit verschiedenen in denen Altenburgischen und andern Tomis ermangelnden Schrifften vermehret, und mit nöthigen Vorberichten versehen. WITH in Volume XXII: M. Johann Jacob Greiffs, Pastoris in Mölbis, Vollständige Register über die XXII Leipziger Theile der gesammten Schriften Des seligen D. Martin Luthers, Nebst einem auf die Wittenbergischen, Jenischen (1740). 22 volumes in 22 bound vellum bindings. Marble endpapers. Interior very good pages evenly browned. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Seller Inventory # 041022

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Luther, Martin

Published by (Basel Pamphilus Gengenbach ) Format: 4° 4 nn Bl Mit großer figürlicher Holzschnitt-Initiale E" auf dem Titel großem Holzschnitt-Titel begleitet von 2 Holzschnittbordüren und ganzseitigem Holzschnitt am Schluss Dunkelgrüner geglätteter Maroquinband um 1880 mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel und reichen Innenkantendentelles und Marmorpapiervorsätzen signiert: "Hans Asper" (1518)

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About this Item: (Basel Pamphilus Gengenbach ) Format: 4° 4 nn Bl Mit großer figürlicher Holzschnitt-Initiale E" auf dem Titel großem Holzschnitt-Titel begleitet von 2 Holzschnittbordüren und ganzseitigem Holzschnitt am Schluss Dunkelgrüner geglätteter Maroquinband um 1880 mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel und reichen Innenkantendentelles und Marmorpapiervorsätzen signiert: "Hans Asper", 1518. Erster illustrierter Druck der berühmten Ablasspredigt*** Druckvariante der ersten Basler-Ausgabe von Martin Luthers Sermon von Ablass und Gnade", die erste illustrierte Ausgabe und Interpretation seiner 95 Thesen in Auswahl und ersten Übersetzung in die deutsche Volkssprache. Luther hatte seine in Latein abgefassten Thesen zunächst gar nicht öffentlich bekannt machen, sondern erst einmal theologisch disputieren lassen wollen, da sie für das Volk nicht geeignet seien (Brief an Christoph Scheurl). Im Sermon von Ablass und Gnade nimmt Luther Gedanken aus den Ablassthesen auf und legt sie einer breiten, nicht lateinkundigen Leserschaft dar. Im ersten Abschnitt bestreitet er die Schriftgemäßheit des Bußsakraments in seiner traditionellen Dreiteilung in Reue, Beichte und Genugtuung; im letzten Abschnitt tritt er mit bemerkenswertem Selbstbewusstsein gegenüber Kirche und Theologie auf" (Vorwort zu WA 243). "Diese Veröffentlichung dürfte es eigentlich gewesen sein, die Luthers Sache ins breite Volk brachte" (Meißinger). "Nicht eigentlich ein Sermon, sondern eine Zusammenfassung der in den lateinischen 95 Thesen enthaltenen Gedanken, in Form von 20 ausführlichen deutschen Thesen allgemein verständlich gehalten und die religiösen Grundgedanken klar heraushebend" (Clemen). Sein Sermon Vom Ablass" ist damit Luthers erster kommerzieller Bucherfolg, ein literarisches Monument und als das erste Pamphlet zur öffentlichen Verbreitung der Thesen das zentrale Dokument der Reformation, die vom formulierten Gedanken zu einer Bewegung wurde. Nachdem der Text von Johann Grunenberg in Wittenberg 1518 gedruckt worden war, folgten Ausgaben in Leipzig, Nürnberg und Augsburg (Benzing 90-100), bis sich Pamphilus Gengenbach um den Druck bemühte und ihn als Erster mit dem Titelholzschnitt zierte, auf dem der Doctor Theologiae Martinus Lutherus (1483-1546) selbst zu sehen ist, in pelzbesetztem weiten Mantel, mit seinem schwarzen Doktorhut, ein Blatt Papier in der Rechten und den Rosenkranz in der Linken, wie er auf eine Kapelle zuschreitet. Der Holzschnitt am Schluss zeigt die Beweinung Christi durch Maria, Johannes und Magdalena vor dem Kreuz. "Die Platzierung des Mannes fast auf den unteren Bildrand deutet auf Hans Herbst, dessen sämtlich allerdings nur zugewiesenen Werken auch die Zeichnung nahe steht Die leere Rückseite des letzten Blattes schmückt eine quartseitengrosse Kreuzabnahme. In ihrem eher schwerfälligen, aber eindrucksvollen Stil steht sie dem zuerst 1518 in Carlstadts Apologeticae propositiones dann in der Novella von 1522/23 verwendeten Holzschnitt des alten Lehrers oder Priesters und jungen Schreibers nahe Sind beide dem Hans Franck zuzuweisen?" (Hieronymus 320).Kennzeichen für die seltene zweite Druckvariante ist die Lagensignatur ab Aii oder die erste Zeile von Aiii vberingen peyn" statt vberige pein" etc. Titel mit winziger, alt ausgebesserter Randläsur unten und im Bug, minimal angestaubt, insgesamt von grandioser Erhaltung, breitrandig. Titel mit eigenhändigem Besitzvermerk des Publizisten und Bibliothekars Karl Constantin Kraukling (1792-1873), der langjähriger Direktor des Königlichen Historischen Museums in Dresden war. Exlibris. VD16 L 6268. Benzing, Luther, 102. Prietzel, Gengenbach, 40. Druckvariante. Seller Inventory # M253

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Luther, Martin.

Published by (Leipzig, Nikolaus Wolrab), 1549 (im Kollophon: 1544 bzw. 1545). (1549)

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About this Item: (Leipzig, Nikolaus Wolrab), 1549 (im Kollophon: 1544 bzw. 1545)., 1549. Condition: 0. Die vier vom VD16 separat geführten Teile sind betitelt: 1) Kirchen Postilla Das ist, Auslegung der Episteln und Evengelien, von Ostern bis auff das Advent": 2) Auslegung der Evangelien an den fürnemesten Festen, von Ostern bis auffs Advent"; 3) Kirchen Postilla Das ist, Auslegung der Episteln und Evangelien auff die Sontage und Fürnemesten feste durchs gantze jar"; 4) Kirchen Postilla Das ist, Auslegung der Episteln und Evangelien, an den Fürnemesten Festen, im gantzen jar". - Nachdem Luther bis 1525 den Winterteil seiner Sonntagspredigten vollendet hatte, arbeitete er selbst nicht mehr daran weiter, sondern überließ dem aus Zwickau gekommenen Magister Roth Zusammenstellung und Herausgabe der Postillen für den Festteil und den Sommerteil, die 1526-27 fertig gestellt waren, in den folgenden Jahren aber noch einige Überarbeitungen und Ergänzungen erfuhren [.]. Die Nachfrage nach allen Teilen der Postille war groß, besonders von den Pfarrern auf den Dörfern. Ihr Gebrauch war offenbar sehr intensiv, wie die Seltenheit ihres Vorkommens und die kleine Zahl von Bibliotheksnachweisen zeigt" (Gose, Reformationsdrucke). - Die schönen zeitgen. Einbände etw. fleckig, beschabt u. bestoßen. Eine Schließe des zweiten Bandes fehlt. Rücken u. Vorderdeckeln m. Bibl.-Nummernschildchen. Rückenschild des ersten Bandes seitlich m. Absplitterungen. Innendeckeln, Titel u. wenige Textbll. gestempelt. Ein Vorsatzbl. m. Randausriß. Wenige Bll. m. kl. Randläsuren bzw. Knickspuren. Ein Bl. m. kleiner alt hinterlegter Fehlstelle (wohl Papierfehler), dadurch min. Bildverlust. Die letzten Bll. des ersten Bandes m. Wurmspuren an der rechten oberen Ecke. Durchg. etw. gebräunt u. stockfleckig. - Vollständig wie vorliegend sehr selten. - VD16, L 5608; L 3992 [nennt wohl irrig zwei Teile]; L 5607 u. L 5612 (bis auf Teil 2 jeweils nur ein Exemplar in der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek, München); nicht im BM STC u. bei Adams. ge Gewicht in Gramm: 4000 Fol. Titeln in Rot u. Schwarz m. Titelholzschnitt bzw. m. breiter figürl. Holzschn.-Bordüre. Mit zahlr. Textholzschnitten von Hans Brosamer. 4 Bll., 382 num., 10 Bll. (das letzte weiß); 1 nn., 69 num., 4 nn. Bll. (das letzte weiß); 6 nn., 281 num., 7 nn. Bll.; 6 nn., 88 num., 1 nn. Bll., Blindgepr. Schweinsldr.-Bde. d. Zt. über Holzdeckeln a. 4 Bünden m. goldgepr. Rückenschild sowie blindgepr. Deckeltitel ( Postil sumer teyl und fest" bzw. Postil winter Teill", dat. 1550") u. 2 Schließen. Seller Inventory # 38532

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LUTHER, Martin

Published by Vers 1560), (Lyon (1560)

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About this Item: Vers 1560), (Lyon, 1560. ______ Format : Petit in-4. Collation : 44 ff., [A-L4] Reliure : Vélin souple à rabats. (Reliure du XIXe.). ____ Rarissime pamphlet protestant, illustré d'une gravure sur le titre et de 33 gravures sur bois à pleine page. Le texte est basé sur le "Passional Christi und Antichristi" de Martin Luther, paru à Wittenberg en mai 1521. Il a été réécrit par des réformateurs de Neuchâtel vers 1534 ou 1535. Une gravure montre une scène de la vie de Jésus-Christ, la suivante montre celle du Pape. Cela donne : "Jésus d'espines est couronné piteusement. Et le pape de pierrerie & or somptueusement." Ces gravures sont copiées sur celles de Lucas Cranach qui illustrent le "Passional Christi". On connaît trois éditions de cet ouvrage. La première, in-folio, de Neuchâtel est connue à un seul exemplaire. L'autre, guère moins rare, a été imprimée à Genève par Jean Michel, vers 1542. Notre édition a été imprimée avec les mêmes bois gravés que ceux de l'édition de Genève, sauf le bois de la page de titre qui est différent. Elle est par ailleurs imprimée en caractères ronds. Les deux derniers feuillets contiennent "Aux lecteurs epistre proffitable", imprimé en italiques. Aucun exemplaire dans le CCFR. Un seul dans OCLC, à Manchester. L'exemplaire est court de marge, les manchettes sont souvent rognées, un trou a été restauré sur 5 feuillets avec perte de caractères, galeries de vers atteignant des caractères en fin de volume, enfin les 3 derniers feuillets sont très pâles (peut-être du fait d'un lavage excessif). L'exemplaire est donc en condition modeste, mais nous n'en avons trouvé qu'un seul exemplaire de cette édition dans les bibliothèques, à Manchester. Elle est inconnue des bibliographies habituelles. *-------* This violent Calvinist pamphlet directed against the Pope, is illustrated by 34 woodcuts by Lucas Cranach the Elder. The present French text based on the German "Passional Christi und Antichristi" (which first appeared in 1521, followed in 1534 by a French translation) was more probably composed in whole or in large part by a member of the religious society of Neuchatel during 1534 or 1535: the verses are however translated from Luther. Three editions of this work are known. The first one, at Neuchâtel is known to a single copy. The other, hardly less rare, was printed in Geneva by Jean Michel, circa 1542. Our edition was printed with the same engraved woodcuts as those of the Geneva edition, except the one on title page which is different. It is also printed in Roman letters. Last 2 leaves contain "Aux lecteurs epistre proffitable" printed in italic. This copy has many defects, still I found only one copy in OCLC (Manchester univ.) of this edition. Seller Inventory # 16421

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Luther, Martin

Published by Selbstverlag, Wittenberg 1521 (1521)

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About this Item: Selbstverlag, Wittenberg 1521, 1521. 21x15,5x0,8 cm 175 gr. Neuer Hellbrauner Ledereinband. Zustand: Sehr Gut. Innen: Altersberücksichtigt erstaunlich sauber, einige Randbemerkungen mit Tinte aus der Zeit, einige nicht störende Flecken, eine sehr frühe Kampfschrift, Titelseite mit Vignette, 6 Seiten Text. Zustand: (sehr) Gut. Sprache: (gut lesbares) Altdeutsch. Seller Inventory # 216

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MELANCHTHON, Philipp and Martin LUTHER.

Published by Wittenberg, (Nickel Schirlentz) (1535)

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About this Item: Wittenberg, (Nickel Schirlentz), 1535. With full-page woodcut of the pope's donkey. 10 unn . leaves. 4to. Stiched. Wittenberg, (Nickel Schirlentz), 1535. First edition in this version of one of the most violent and satirical pamphlets by Ph. Melanchthon (1497-1560) together with M. Luther's "Amen" attacking in particular the pope. Inspired was this antipapal polemic by Luther's in 1523 published "Bapstesels zu Rom und Munchskalbs zu Freyberg in Meyssen" (Benzing 1548) about a miscarriage in Freiberg, which was on everyone's lips through a broadside showing a monstrous figure. At that time when deformed animals were regarded as divine signs, even this mythical animal with a donkey's head on a woman's torso, scaly arms and legs, ox hoof and eagle claws as feet, etc. was used to mock the unbeloved church leader as "Papstesel". The woodcut on leaf Bl. 1b is attributed to Lucas Cranach the Elder, probably copied after an Italian engraving.- A nice copy, rare. - VD 16 M 2990; Adams C 1097; Graesse IV, 468; Benzing 1588; not in Knaake. REFORMATION ; THEOLOGY ; Seller Inventory # 33191-1290

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About this Item: Hans Krafft, Wittenberg, 1576. 14 nn./392 num. /447 num. Bl. Mit 2 Titelbordüre, 1 Porträt des Herzogs zu Sachsen, ganzseitigem Holzschnitt von Hans Brosamer und 216 Textholzschnitten, meist von Johann Teufel und vielen Holzschnitt-Initialen. Original Leder-Einband mit 5 Schmuckbünden und 8 verzierten Kupferbeschlägen (Rücken restauriert/Einbanddecken wurmstichig/Schließen fehlen/alte Anmerkungen auf Vorsatz/1 Titelbordüre u. Porträt mit hinterlegten Randläsuren u. etwas Bildverlust/20 Bl. mit kleinen Eckausrissen, dadurch wenige Seiten mit unerheblichem Textverlust/teilw. knapp beschnitten mit leichtem Buchstabenverlust der gedruckten Marginalien/etwas fleckig/teils randfleckig/alte Marginalien)---- Zweite Ausgabe der Krafftschen Bibel mit den zahlreichen eindrucksvollen Holzschnitten des Meisters Johann Teufel. Hans Brosamer (1495 in Fulda - 1554 in Erfurt) war deutscher Maler, Kupferstecher und Formschneider, nach Lucas Cranach dem Älteren, bei dem er Schüler war, war er der zweite Illustrator der Luther-Bibel. Die Holzschnitte in der Ausgabe von 1576 sind identisch mit der ersten illustrierten Auflage von Brosamer aus 1550 - 5995 Gramm. Seller Inventory # 2j5116

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Aller Bücher unnd Schrifften. Vom XVII. Jar: LUTHER, MARTIN.

About this Item: Ihna (Jena), Rebarts Erben (und Thobiam Steinmann), 1573-1598. Folio. Bound in 8 contemporary full pigskin, richly blindtooled. Luther portrait in center of the blindtooled decorations. 5 raised bands. Contemp. ms. titles on spines. Various grades of wear to spines and covers, but all intact. Some vols. with repairs to cornes and edges. With 53 (of 64) cornerpieces and 8 (of 16) clasps. Nearly all vols. having some wormholes to the first ca 10 leaves a. to the last ca. 5 leaves. Lower right corners of the first 10 leaves in nearly all vols. frayed. Volume 4 with some loss to these first ca. 10 leaves. All titlepages printed in red/black and with a large woodcut (showing Luther praying before Christ) All 8 vols. having the large woodcut (as fol 2) with Luther sitting in the middle. In all ca. 8.800 pp. A complete set of the so-called Jena-edition with Index and Register, bound together with vol. 8. - Index a. Register having its own titlepage dated 1592. Seller Inventory # 45948

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BIBLE (German) LUTHER, Martin (1483-1546)

Published by In Verlegung der Johann Andrea Endterischen Handlung [Endter], MDCCLXVIII [1748], Nuremberg (1748)

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About this Item: In Verlegung der Johann Andrea Endterischen Handlung [Endter], MDCCLXVIII [1748], Nuremberg, 1748. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Large format folio (424 x 274 x 125mm). [144], 740pp., [2], 512, 480, [16]pp. Additional engraved title of architectural motif with heraldry of Saxe-Gotha-Altenberg and the flanking figures of Moses and Christ, with their attributes in niches below, signed by J. C. Clausener. Illustrated with 45 plates (including title), most of them full-page (few double-page) engravings depicting biblical scenes and prophet portraits, as well as some double-page maps and plans (temples and Holy Land maps), most illustrations also signed by Clausener. With the rare double-page engraving in rear showing royalty and court members in a large reception hall (Bischöffliche oder Fürstliche Saal) during the "Confessio" which took place in Augsburg in 1530 under Charles V. This plate is usually missing. Persons and part of the architecture in hall are indicated on the actual plate with small numbers [1-47], opposite page lists each number with name and title of person depicted and explanations of parts of the architecture. Engraved titles and decorated initials throughout. Text in German. Gothic script. Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over beveled boards with brass corner pieces and bosses, clasps and catches restored; (marginal soiling with age, few dampstains or light wear not overwhelming the large work in the least, engravings wholly intact with only minor folds or stains only map of Israel with wide marginal tear, otherwise an excellent survival). Formerly in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, early clippings of poetical quotations (c.1910) found in hinge of first quire. Endter s "Kurfürstenbibel" of 1748, an influential Luther Bible with exceptional engravings produced by the Gotha court. First published in 1641 under the authorization of Duke (Kurfürst) Ernst I of Saxe-Gotha. This is the so-called "Kurfürstenbibel" or "Elector Bible" because some of the engravings show various Dukes from the 16th and 17th centuries. At the realization of this major project, prominent Lutheran theologians such as Johann Gerhard, Solomon Glassius, and Johann Michael Dilherr, among others, contributed to the work. This Bible was published with a glossary and added in-text explanations of Luther s original translation for the enlightenment of "ordinary people." For nearly two centuries, from 1613 to 1792, the successful family of Endter of Nuremberg printed the text of Luther s Bible. Specifically the "Kurfürstenbibel" was produced from 1641 to 1758 in fourteen editions. Today, the large-format folio expenditures are amongst the most commonly encountered family Bibles from the 17th, but especially the 18th, century. The Gotha court s significant pool of sources, as well as favor of the market place in Nuremberg, gave rise to such an important project. Large-format and heavyweight (in every sense of the word), it remains a visually stunning work, with its numerous portraits of princes in woodcuts and engravings, this "Elector Bible" treated both theological aspects as well as those of the courtly self-understanding. Seller Inventory # D9092

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Haberman, Johann|LUTHER, MARTIN

Published by Strassburg, Johann Philippo Sartorio 1635/1634 (1635)

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About this Item: Strassburg, Johann Philippo Sartorio 1635/1634, 1635. 2 works in 1 binding, (engraved titlepage) 298 (18) p., (engraved titlepage) n.p. Contemporary Silver Binding with two raised bands and gilt-edged text block, 32° 7,7 x 5,5 x 2,5 cm. (A collection of two rare church books published by Sartorio at Strassburg. Bound in a stunning silver binding engraved with biblical scenes on the covers. On the front cover Christ being baptized by John the Baptist with the inscription 'Christus Ist Mein Trost U(nd) Leben Den Thu ich Mir Gantzer geben'. On the back cover a nativity scene with the inscription 'Ach mein liebster Herr Jesu Christ Zun trost du mir geboren bist'. The spine and the head- and tail-band are engraved with a design of flowers. A firm and complete copy in a most charming binding.). Seller Inventory # 10740

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About this Item: Leipzig, Zedler / Breitkopf, 1729-1734, 1740 (Register)., 1729. Mit 22 wiederholten gestochenen Titelvignetten sowie 22 wiederholten gestochenen Kopfvignetten mit dem Porträt Luthers in zwei Versionen von J. G. Mentzel, Porträtstecher in Leipzig. Graesse IV, 300/01, Knaake I, 34, Goedeke II, 151. Von J. G. Pfeiffer und Chr. F. Börner herausgegebene vierte, sogenannte Leipziger Gesamtausgabe mit dem häufig fehlenden, erst 1740 von J. J. Greiff verfassten Registerband. Die ersten Bände dieses ersten Mammutunternehmens von Johann Herinrich Zedler erschienen bereits zur Leipziger Michaelismesse 1728. Wohl weil er befürchtete, nicht rechtzeitig fertig zu werden, hatte der junge Verleger das Erscheinungsjahr 1729 eindrucken lassen. Die Ausgabe erschien in Pränumeration, d.h. in verbilligter Vorauskasse. Einbände teils leicht fleckig, Kapitale teils nur leicht rissig, Vorsatz Bd. 1 mit großer montierter Silhouettenzeichnung in Tusche des Hamburger Kaufmanns Bened. Wilh. Rahmeyer (Hamburg, den 29. October 1780), Name von alter Hand auf Vorsätzen und einigen Vortiteln und Titeln, Titel teils knapp beschnitten, leicht gebräunt und teils etwas knittrig, einige Blatt leicht wasserrandig, Innengelenke teilweise verstärkt, einige Vorsätze mit Ergänzungen bzw. Hinterlegungen. Im Ganzen dekorative und gut erhaltene Ausgabe. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 0 4° (33,5x22cm), Pergamentbände der Zeit mit goldgeprägten Rückentiteln. 4. Aufl. 22 Teile und Register in 12 Bde. Seller Inventory # 172857

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Henry VIII, King (1491-1547); Luther, Martin (1483-1546)

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About this Item: Lyon:, 1561. Condition: Fine. Henry VIII's "Assertion of the Seven Sacraments against Martin LutherÓQuarto:21 x 15.5 cm.xxxxvj, 195, [1] p. Collation: bb-nn, a-z, A4, B2FIRST EDITION TO INCLUDE the preface by Gabriel de Saconay.First printed in 1521, this 1561 edition of the "Assertio" marks the first appearance of the historical preface by Gabriel de Saconay (1527-1580), who has added Luther's 1525 letter of apology to Henry VIII (written while under the impression that Henry had come around to the Lutheran position), and Henry's brutal response (1526), in which he once again condemns Luther and his positions, and insults Luther's wife.An excellent copy with some very light damp-staining and slight browning to a few leaves. Bound in contemporary limp vellum with the original ties. With a woodcut title page border.Written in 1521 in response to Martin LutherÕs ÒThe Babylonian Captivity of the ChurchÓ -the reformerÕs radical exposition of the Protestant faith and attack on the papacy- Henry VIIIÕs ÒDefense of the Seven SacramentsÓ won for its author the coveted title of ÒDefensor FideiÓ (Defender of the Faith) from Pope Leo X. Coming as it did from such a powerful Christian prince, Luther was forced to respond to HenryÕs work, which he did with more than his usual severity, insulting the king and challenging his theological points. In turn, HenryÕs most talented theologians, Thomas More and John Fisher, penned defenses of the kingÕs ÒDefenseÓ and further challenges to LutherÕs religious views, in what was to become one of the most important debates on the substance of LutherÕs doctrine in this crucial, early period.Henry VIIIÕs ÒDefense of the Seven Sacraments against Martin LutherÓ was published in the summer of 1521, by which time Luther had already been excommunicated and outlawed, but his creed was spreading fast and had begun to penetrate England:ÒThe body of HenryÕs ÔAssertioÕ is primarily concerned with a defense of the seven sacraments against LutherÕs attack but there are occasional digressions to take up other controversial points in LutherÕs theology. Henry began the main body of his work by castigating Luther for having once acknowledged the value of indulgences, which he openly condemned in his Ô95 ThesesÕ. Similarly, he criticized the reformer because of his earlier acknowledgement of a papal authority that he now rejected in favor of a law of his own establishing.ÒHenry VIII could not conceive of a serpent more venomous than the author of the ÔBabylonian CaptivityÕ. Luther, he said, had put his own sense and meaning into the sacraments to the destruction of ecclesiastical rites and ceremonies. He had despised the holy and ancient interpreters of scripture; he had called Rome Babylon and the authority of the popes tyranny. For Henry, Luther was a detestable trumpeter of pride, calumny and schismÉ.ÒHenry was outraged by LutherÕs view that marriage, instituted by God, could unite husband and wife without carrying with it a divinely infused grace. Henry countered that marriage must be regarded as something more holy than a mere care for propagating the flesh. The more holy thing, he said, is the grace that God, the Prelate of all sacraments, infuses into married people in a consecrated marriage. Gravely, and no doubt sincerely, this man of many future marriages said, ÔCarnal concupiscence, by the grace of God, is changed into wine of the best taste. Christ says, ÔWhat God has put together let no man put asunder.Õ O admirable word, which none could have spoken but the Word made flesh.ÕÒThe king was bitterest of all in attacking LutherÕs views on the sacrament of holy orders. The special order and authority of the priesthood was the very essence of the order and authority so important to the king. In place of the order of this sacrament, Luther is substituting anarchy and gathering into it all the treasuries of his malice. For what else, Henry asked, does Luther aim at by taking away the sacrament of the priestly orders than to render the ministers. Seller Inventory # 3675

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About this Item: Wittenberg, Christian Schrödtern 1681-1682, 1681. 3 volumes, (52) 1189 (2378 columns) (28) 601 (1202 columns) (1), (32) 524 (1048 columns) (28) 688 (1376 columns) (1), (48) 602 (1204 columns) (26) 751 (1502 columns) (96) (1) p. Blind-stamped Leather with 5 raised bands, each board equipped with 5 brass studs, Folio (Fine facsimile-edition of the famous Bach Bible in 3 volumes, all kept in a perfectly fitting wooden case decorated with gilt. The set contains a true and complete reprint of Bach's Bible, being a German Bible with extensive commentaries by Abraham Calov(ius) founded on the writings of Martin Luther. This is the first complete facsimile-edition of Bach's Bible published by the Dutch publisher Uitgeverij Van Wijnen after the original being preserved in Concordia Seminary Library, St. Louis. Each volume contains Bach's handwritten monogram on the titlepage and the set contains a total of 348 additions by Bach. Among which many underlined passages -both in red and black ink-, various corrections of typographical and grammatical errors, but most importantly his comments in the margins. A unique glimpse into Bach's personal beliefs and how he understood his vocation.). Seller Inventory # 10510

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In Esaiam prophetam scholia ex Doctori Martini: LUTHER, Martin

LUTHER, Martin

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About this Item: Excudebat Iohannes Lufft, 1532. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. LUTHER, Martin. In Esaiam prophetam scholia ex Doctori Martini Lutheri praelectionibus collecta [WITH] Id., Ecclesiastes Solomonis, cum annotationibus Doctori Martini Lutheri Wittenberg, Excudebat Iohannes Lufft, 1532. £4500 FIRST EDITIONS. 8vo, two works in one volume: 1) ff. (viii) 264, Aa8 a-z8 A-K8; ff. 2) (iv) 126, (no signature)4 A-Q8. Italic and Roman letter. Title page of first commentary within elaborate border; at foot page, coat of arms of the house of Frederick III, called the Wise, Elector of Saxony and protector of Luther. Early autograph on t-p (perhaps a certain Christoph. Dimberg from Wiehe in Thuringia); ms. ex libris on front pastedown, unclear, with shelf mark and other notes. Second title within a classical border decorated with head profiles: a laureate imperial portrait to the top and figures in armour to the foot of the page; verso with full-page annotation in German. Handwritten chapter reference number on top outer corner of pages. Marginal browning and dampstaining, occasional thumb marks and ink spotting, and marginalia throughout. Final leaf with outer corners torn, no text loss. In contemporary German blind-stamped and tooled pigskin over boards with figures and floral motives, catches and remains of clasps. Two rare first editions of Luther in a contemporary anthology. Luther treats Isaiah and his message as one still relevant for modern times, in fact for all time. The lesson is that God in Jesus Christ comes to the rescue of God s people in God s own good time, just as God did to the nation and government of the Jews in Isaiah s time. Meanwhile, God s people are to await God s help in complete confidence and not rely on self-help and on alliances with other men. The great danger then and now, however, lies in humankind s rebellion against God s way, for humankind is naturally impatient about waiting for God to do all things well. To God s invitation that humankind finds strength in quietness and in trust, humankind is always under temptation to respond: No, we will speed upon horses! Luther bids us learn from Isaiah that we are helped and protected by God as the people of Israel were and that we are also chastened like them when this is necessary. In discoursing on the second half of Isaiah, Luther seems especially concerned about students preparing for the ministry. His central theme, from chapter 40, The Word of our God will stand forever, reappears again and again in his commentary, like a bell tolling its purpose. Luther probably felt the need to repeat this message first of all for his own comfort. He admits: If I had known that the world was so puzzlingly evil, I would never have begun the task of preaching and writing. Concerning Isaiah s message he says, These are words of consolation. Just hold tight, even if you are oppressed and persecuted and your thoughts and conscience trouble you. As his faith strengthens and solidifies, so Luther encourages his students to hold fast to the same by taking up the work of Christ and warning: Beware that you do not neglect the Word. It indeed stands firm, but it moves and will be given to others . Therefore let us prayerfully keep busy with the Word. In the second volume, the commentary on the Ecclesiastes, Luther offers interpretations of three Old Testament texts that are often poorly translated and often misinterpreted. He gives fresh interpretations of Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon, calling upon readers to view them as Solomon s Economics and Solomon s Politics. He then offers the reader a line- by-line commentary on 1 Samuel 23:1-7 as an example of simple, clear interpretation that keeps as its goal to recognise our dear Lord and Saviour clearly and distinctly in Scripture. 1) Benzing 2985; VD 16, B 4985; Not in Knaake and Jackson; 2) Benzing 2980; VD 16, B 3648; Knaake 671; Not in Jackson. Seller Inventory # ABE-1522342004592

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Luther, Martin (1483-1546)

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About this Item: Wittenberg:, 1521. Condition: Fine. The Magnificat: LutherÕs Evolving Vision of the Virgin MaryQuarto:19 x 13 cm.[88] pp. a-l4FIRST EDITION.Modern marbled boards, vellum spine and corners. A fine copy with contemporary marginalia in red and black. Provenance: Alain Moirandat, Switzerland.Luther wrote his ÒThe Magnificat Translated into German and ExplainedÓ in two parts, the first composed before his appearance at the Diet of Worms and the second part while he was in hiding in the Wartburg in May and June 1521. Given that LutherÕs vision of the church and of MaryÕs nature and place within Christianity were evolving (and were to evolve much further over time), and the fact that Luther left the Diet a changed man living in changed circumstances, it is no wonder that LutherÕs exposition of the Magnificat has been the subject of numerous conflicting interpretations.In Albert SteinhaeuserÕs view the work Òis a classical discussion of the place that the Virgin Mary occupies in the Protestant system. Although Luther regards her in one place as sinless, and invokes her aid and intercession at the beginning and close of his work, these are isolated instances; the whole tenor of the exposition is evangelical, and as far removed from the Mariolatry of Rome as from an ultra-protestant depreciation of the Mother of our Lord. ÔShe does not want you to come to her, but through her to God.Õ There is something very human, and altogether unlike the radiant Queen of Heaven, in the Mary who Ôgoes about her household tasks, milking the cows, cooking the meals, washing pots and kettles, sweeping out the rooms.Õ It is LutherÕs contribution to the German Madonna, and the Weimar editors well compare this and similar passages of the Magnificat with Albrecht DurerÕs Marienleben, a series of quaint woodcuts portraying the life of the Virgin (1503-10).ÓBut Hartmann Grisar, one of the leading Catholic writers on Luther, writes ÒLutherÕs 'Exposition of the Magnificat' has frequently been taken as a proof of LutherÕs great piety. It indeed contains many good thoughts, even apart from those relating to Mary, but in numerous passages the author uses his pen for a highly prejudiced vindication of his new teachings on the state of grace. It should also be borne in mind that the printers started on the book just before the Diet of Worms, and that it was intended to attract and secure the support of the future rulers of the Saxon Electorate. Luther was also engaged at that time on his exceedingly violent screed against Catharinus, in which he attempts to reveal the Pope in his true character as Antichrist. When, after the Diet of Worms, he continued his work on the Magnificat he was certainly in no mood to compose a book of piety on Mary. The result was that the book became to all intents and purposes a controversial tract, which cannot be quoted as a proof of his piety or serenity of mind during those struggles. Luther's Magnificat is as little a serious work of edification and piety as his exposition of certain of the Psalms, which appeared almost simultaneously and was also directed " against the Pope and the doctrine of men.ÓVD16 L-5453; Benzing Luther 855; Kuczynski 1431. Seller Inventory # 3036

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Luther, Martin (1483-1546)

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About this Item: Wittenberg:, 1521. Condition: Fine. ÒTo the Goat at LeipzigÓQuarto:20.5 x 14.5 cm.[8] pp. A4FIRST EDITION.A very good copy in modern boards and quarter vellum. A few light stains. Small tear repaired with no loss.ÒIn December 1520 Jerome Emser renewed his attack on Luther with a lengthy treatise written against LutherÕs famous address ÔTo the Christian Nobility of the German NationÕ(August 1520) entitled ÔAgainst the Un-Christian Book of the Augustinian Martin Luther.Õ It prompted an immediate reply from Luther.ÒLutherÕs ÔTo the Goat in LeipzigÕ is the first of a series of four treatises that Luther wrote against Emser. All four provide significant insights into the formation of LutherÕs doctrine of the church and his new, radical understanding of the ministry.Ó(Gritsch)In the immediate aftermath of the important Leipzig Debate of 1519, there emerged a new critic with whom Luther would be forced to contend for several years. Jerome Emser, formerly the secretary of Duke George of Saxony, attended the Leipzig Debate as a member of Duke GeorgeÕs party. His initial approval of the reformers soon waned when he saw that the proposed reforms required a doctrinal breach with the Church. Luther and Emser were on good terms before the Debate but after a hostile confrontation between the two men, they developed a mutual enmity. Emser published a book, ostensibly to demonstrate that Luther was not a Hussite and held no heretical views in common with that sect. But instead he found that Luther, based on his own words and actions at the Leipzig Debate, was in fact a Hussite and thus a heretic. In particular, Emser points to a shared belief of Luther and the Bohemian reformer Hus, namely that the papal supremacy was not ordained by God. By emphasizing the link between Luther and the Bohemian heretics, Emser forced Luther to respond.When he did respond, Luther stuck to the positions that he had given at Leipzig, telling Emser that he would not back down from his positions just because the Bohemians also adhered to some of them. Ever fond of insults, LutherÕs reply to Emser was addressed to Òthe Goat at LeipzigÓ, a play on the goats in EmserÕs coat of arms. He tells Emser, the Òstupid goatÓ, to stop soiling Holy Scripture with his snout. When Emser responded in the next year, he called Luther the Òraging bull of Wittenberg.ÓBenzing 827; See Concordia, LutherÕs Works, Vol 39. ÒTo the Goat at LeipzigÓ; WA 7, 262-265. Seller Inventory # 3173

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Luther, Martin (1483-1546)

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About this Item: Augsburg:, 1523. Condition: Fine. The Immaculate VirginQuarto:20 x 15 cm.[8] pp. Collation A4One of five editions all printed in 1523.Modern boards. A fine copy with a beautiful four-part title page border, the lower register of which shows a stag hunt. There is also a small woodcut of the Virgin, balancing on the crescent moon, and holding the infant Christ.A sermon for Lichtme§ (Candlemas), the feast of the presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple and the purification of Mary (February 2). Jesus takes as his text Luke 2:22-39.For the complexities of LutherÕs evolving Mariology, see Thomas O'Meara, Mary in Protestant and Catholic Theology (1966). ÒLuther's attitude toward the theology of Mary and toward the devotion which a Christian should have to the Mother of God is a small-scale representation of his entire religious accomplishment. During any discussion of Luther and the Blessed Virgin we must keep uppermost in our minds that there was a development in his ideas, a change more or less drastic in each aspect of Marian theology. This development has its beginning in Catholicism; it passes through contradictions, struggles, and uncertainties, and terminates in a new Marian viewpoint, one which Luther decided was Christocentric, biblical, unexaggerated, and edifying.Ó(p. 123)Benzing 1746; VD16 L-6084. Seller Inventory # 3029

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About this Item: Wittenberg:, 1524. Condition: Fine. Against the Radical Preacher Thomas M nzer. Luther warns of Open Rebellion on the Eve of the PeasantsÕ WarQuarto:21 x 15 cm. [20] pp. A4, B2, C4FIRST EDITION.Bound in marbled boards. With an excellent woodcut title page by Lucas Cranach (Luther 43c), cut from a single block, with putti, cornucopiae, architectural motifs and stags. A good copy, light soiling, a few stains.First edition of LutherÕs response to the growing danger posed by the radical preacher Thomas M nzer, who was ultimately executed the following year for leading the violent, open revolt that came to be known as the PeasantsÕ War.In 1523, Thomas M nzer, formerly the leader of the radical ÒZwickau ProphetsÓ began to radicalize the area of Allstedt, where he was then pastor, preaching that the ungodly were to be eliminated and the elect would establish a kingdom of Christ on earth and threatening the political rulers of the area with rebellion. In early 1524, as M nzer Ògrew bolder in his denunciation of the authorities and called for an elimination of the enemies of GodÓ, he divided the citizenry into military units in order to resist any outside interference in his activities. M nzer openly challenged and attacked Luther, who was openly opposed to M nzerÕ ministry of the elect, as one of Òour mad, debauching pigs, which are horrified by the windstorm, the raging billows and by all the waters of wisdom.ÓIn his ÒLetter to the Princes of Saxony Concerning the Rebellious SpiritÓ, written in July 1524 in response to the recent violence and M nzerÕs mystical theology, Luther Òappealed to the rulers to act before the incendiary suggestions of M nzer led to civil rebellion and open revoltÓ. Luther Òdistinguished two sides of M nzerÕs behavior, that of violence and that of precept. Only the subject of violence concerns the princes and to this subject he devotes almost his entire letter. Satan can here be seen at work in a new way and has shown us his hoofprint all too plainly Ðmeaning M nzer says that one is not to leave it up to the Word but that it is time to resist the authorities with fists, with the sacking of cloisters, with the destruction of images. Luther demanded that the princes respond preventively by rigorous prohibitions. If the Allstedters wished to defend themselves and show their true colors, let them do so in a public trial, before whomever they choose.ÒLutherÕs book is noteworthy not because he admonished them to suppress violence but much more because he drew boundaries for them to observe. They do not have to defend themselves against M nzerÕs teaching: ÔLet them preach as confidently and as boldly as they are able and against whomever they wishÉThere must be sects, and the Word of God must be under arms and fightÉLet the spirits collide and fight it out. If meanwhile some are led astray, let it be; such is war. Where there is battle and bloodshed, some must fall and some are wounded. Whoever fights honorably will be crowned.ÕÉÒThe princes became convinced that the disturbances might lead to rebellion and they summoned the leaders before them. The Allstedt council and M nzer were examined in Weimar at the beginning of August. To escape the impending verdict, M nzer fled to M hlhausen, where later in the year he gained leadership over the city. He became a central figure in the PeasantsÕ Revolt and suffered death in May 1525, when the revolt was crushed.Ó(Bornkamm, Luther in Mid-Career, p. 152 ff.)Benzing 1927; Kessler 553; Title border: Luther, ÒTiteleinfassungen der ReformationszeitÓ, 43c. Seller Inventory # 3177

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