Epistola contra quosdam, qui se falso iactant Evangelicos.
8vo. (46) pp., final blank f. With figurated woodcut title border.
(Bound after) II: Centum et XIIII sententiae patrum, de officio verorum rectorum ecclesiae Dei, iam recens aeditae. Cologne, Johann Prael, (August) 1531. (120) pp. With woodcut printer's device on reverse of final f.
(Bound with) III: Gregory of Nazianzus. Opera. [Cologne, Eucharius Cervicornus, c. 1530]. (512) pp. With woodcut title vignette. Blindstamped pigskin on 3 raised double bands, dated "1561" and monogrammed "MST" on upper cover. 2 clasps.
I: Second edition of this apology, published immediately after the Freiburg first edition. Ostensibly directed against Gerard Geldenhouwer in Strasbourg, who had attempted to tie Erasmus to the Reformation, this "epistle" is basically a pamphlet against the Protestant cause, which Erasmus perceived as seditious.
II: In spite of the title note, "iam recens aeditae", this is the first known edition of this collection of 114 sayings of the Church Fathers, banned by the Roman Church, for reasons unknown (cf. Reusch I, 285).
III: Bound with these is a Latin edition of the works of Church Father Gregory of Nazianzus. A complete Greek edition of the works was not to appear until 1550.
Pretty binding somewhat rubbed, with slight damage to extremeties. Some brownstaining throughout; erased ownerships to the "114 sententiae"; censorship marks by a contemporary hand to title and first pages of Erasmus's work.
I: VD 16, E 2880. Bezzel 54.
II: VD 16, C 1939.
III: VD 16, G 3020. Not in Hoffmann.