Item #33746 The Life of Erasmus, More particularly that part of it, which He spent in England; Wherein an Account is given of his Learned Friends, and the State of Religion and Learning at that Time in both our Universities; With an Appendix. Containing several Original Papers. Erasmus, Samuel KNIGHT.

The Life of Erasmus, More particularly that part of it, which He spent in England; Wherein an Account is given of his Learned Friends, and the State of Religion and Learning at that Time in both our Universities; With an Appendix. Containing several Original Papers

London: Corn. Crownfield, 1726. First Edition. Hardcover. large 8vo. (8), xxxi, (1) - list of plates and errata, 386, cxliv - Appendix, (8) - index. Contemporary diced calf boards with gilt borders, recently rebacked with new leather spine with raised bands and gilt stamped leather title label. Marbled page edges, fresh endpapers with contemporary armorial bookplate reaffixed. Engraved portrait frontispiece and 19 engraved plates, 5 of which are folding, (List of cuts calls for the frontis and 16 plates, but 3 additional plates which are not on the list are present at pages 335, 350 and 355). An important early biography of Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, 1466-1469) the Dutch theologian whose new editions of the New Testament are said to have been an important factor in the development of the Reformation. Erasmus was of course also famous for his own works: The Praise of Folly, Handbook of a Christian Knight, On Civility in Children, etc. Some, if not all the plates in this volume were engraved by the renowned English engraver and antiquary George Vertue (1684-1756). Pages 348-349 are repeated in the pagination but text is continuous. Light chafing to boards, corners rubbed with some loss, light angled crease to frontis with some chipping to fore-edge and upper corner (engraving is complete). Plates evenly browned. Outer margins lightly browned. Some light uneven browning, scattered foxing, and tiny penciled notes throughout text. 1/2 inch closed tear to center of page xxvii of Appendix. Despite faults, overall a sound, complete VG copy. Item #33746

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