1517 INCREDIBLE Erasmus of Rotterdam FAMED Copia Renaissance P. Incunable Froben

ERASMUS, Desiderius

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“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”

― Erasmus

 

The ‘Duplici Copia’ was a wide-spread treatise by Erasmus written to accompany students who aspired to possess an elegant and high style of writing. “Foundations of Style”, as it is referred to in English, provided abundant examples of how to say the same word or phrase in a number of different ways. First appearing in 1512, this book found enormous success throughout the 16th-century. According to J.E. Walsh,

“This work is more important than its elementary nature might indicate, for it provided a handbook not only for the intimation of the words of the ancients but for the absorption of their ideas as well.”

 

This early 16th-century printing of ‘De Copia’ was published in Basel by Froben and features the exquisite woodcut title page by Ambrosius Holbein, the older brother of the more famous Hans Holbein. Interestingly, this RARE 1517 edition was published before Erasmus made several revisions in the 1526 edition.

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1517 INCREDIBLE Erasmus of Rotterdam FAMED Copia Renaissance P. Incunable Froben

 

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”

― Erasmus

 

The ‘Duplici Copia’ was a wide-spread treatise by Erasmus written to accompany students who aspired to possess an elegant and high style of writing. “Foundations of Style”, as it is referred to in English, provided abundant examples of how to say the same word or phrase in a number of different ways. First appearing in 1512, this book found enormous success throughout the 16th-century. According to J.E. Walsh,

“This work is more important than its elementary nature might indicate, for it provided a handbook not only for the intimation of the words of the ancients but for the absorption of their ideas as well.”

 

This early 16th-century printing of ‘De Copia’ was published in Basel by Froben and features the exquisite woodcut title page by Ambrosius Holbein, the older brother of the more famous Hans Holbein. Interestingly, this RARE 1517 edition was published before Erasmus made several revisions in the 1526 edition.

 

Item number: #24304

Price: $3500

 

ERASMUS, Desiderius

 

De duplici copia verborum ac rerum : commentarij duo

 

Basileam: Apud Inclytam [Io. Frobenium, 1517].

 

Details:

  • Collation:
    • [8], 122 leaves
      • Wanting single leaf 14-15 (perhaps censored)
    • Colophon: Basileae apud Io Frobenium mense Aprili An. M.D.XVII.
  • References: Adams E 319 (1550 ed); USTC 635488; Herbert David Rix, “The Editions of Erasmus’ “De Copia”;
  • Language: Latin
  • Binding: Vellum
  • Size: ~8in X 6.25in (20.5cm x 16cm)
  • INCREDIBLY RARE, valuable, and desirable with auction records and price comparisons at over $5,000

 

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24304

Category

Language Study & Reference

Authors

ERASMUS, Desiderius

Printing Date

16th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Vellum

Book Condition

Excellent