Lot 41 of 221:
Erasmus' Apopthegmes 1st in English 1542  

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Apophthegmes, that is to saie, prompte, quicke, wittie and sentencious saiynges of certain Emperours, Kynges Capitaines, Philosophiers and Oratours, as well Grekes, as Romaines ... First gathered and compiled in Latine by the ryght famous clerke Maister Erasmus of Roterodame. And now translated into Englyshe by N. Udall. B.L.

Erasmus, Desiderius


Typis Ricardi Grafton



[19 (of 20)], 345, [11 (of 13)] leaves. (sm. 8vo) 13.8x9.4 cm (5½x3¾"), early blindstamped calf, gilt edges. First Edition in English.

The very rare first edition in English of Erasmus' Apophthegmata, a collection of apophthegms by famous men of antiquity from Socrates through Caesar and beyond -- compiled by a man who was himself considered one of the wittiest men of the Renaissance. It contains many memorable phrases still in common usage. This copy lacking the title leaf, which has been supplied in old facsimile, and also the final two leaves, at least one of which was an index leaf, the other possibly a blank - the missing index portion is supplied in pencil manuscript. OCLC/WorldCat lists only three copies of this first edition in English, two at the British Library, one not located. 

Lot Amendments

Covers detached, worn; some minor aging within, top corner of A2 repaired; internally very good.

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