"I am a booklet, 'Enemy of Jews' by name"

Pfefferkorn, Johannes. Ich bin ein buchlin. der Juden veindt ist mein name[n]. Yr schalckheit sag ich un[d] wil mich des nit schame[n].

(Cologne, [Johann Landen], 3 Jan. 1509).

4to. (12) ff. With title woodcut (crucifixion) within thee ornamental borders. Modern half vellum over marbled boards.


One of four issues all bearing the same date, likely the first edition (VD 16 cites three others printed by Erhard Oeglin in Augsburg). Since 1507 Pfefferkorn had published several anti-Jewish polemical pamphlets, prefiguring his all-out attack on Jewish books and writings. What began on the initiative of an unknown and uneducated convert soon grew into a major affair that involved not only Reuchlin but many other leading humanists of the early 16th century.

Contemporary handwritten acquisition note of the Premonstratensian Abbey of Steingaden in Bavaria and a contemporary annotation to b2v. Rare: only three copies listed in VD 16 (the Munich copy being incomplete).

VD 16, P 2315. Grebe 4.2. Panzer DA I, 303f., 639. Weller 506. Not in Adams or BM-STC German; not in Proctor/Isaac.

Stock Code: BN#50497