Editorial Success

[Desiderius ERASMUS]Adagia optimorum utriusque linguae scriptorum omnia, quaecunque ad hanc usque diem exierunt Pauli Manutii studio atque industria, doctissimorum theologorum consilio atque ope, ab omnibus mendis vindicata, quae pium et veritatis catholicae studiosum lectorem poterant offendere. Cum plurimis ac locupletissimis indicibus.

Ursellis, ex Officina Corneli Sutorii, impensis Lazari Zetzneri, Bibliop., 1603.

Thick 8vo, contemporary vellum, spine titled in ink, traces of ties. 4 unnumbered leaves (including the title printed in red and black), 1414pp., (106)pp. of index. Latin text in double column. Complete.

Rare Urselius imprint of one of the most popular works of the 16th century, here in the expurgated edition given by Paulus Manutius (1512-1574) and Aldus Manutius the Young (1547-1597) in accordance with the Council of Trent’s rules. The name of Erasmus does not appear in the book.

The author’s first editorial success, the Adagia was first published in Paris in 1500. That first Collectanea adagiorum was only a small display of what he would accomplish later, spurred by the desire to collect, as Aulus Gellius did in his Attican Nights, his miscellaneous reading notes. At that time Erasmus was in his thirties, at a crucial moment of his life, still developing, but already with a strong personality and ambitions that would characterize him later. The Adagia, with their continuous amplifications, corrections and reeditions became the most monumental and at the same time most influential collection of proverbs in Europe. They accompanied Erasmus throughout his mature period, and were spread throughout the world in various reprinted, reorganized, abbreviated, commented, translated or mutilated versions. “This is a basic work for an understanding of the culture of the sixteenth century. Its author opened a window on the ancient world, by utilizing those sayings – classical proverbs, idioms and metaphors – that evoke it in a uniquely vivid way” (Studiolum).

Ownership inscription in ink “N.J. Gobbe” dated 1777 on the title-page.

A very good copy in its first binding.

Ref. Vander Haeghen, p. 206

Price: 1.000,00 euros

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