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Catechesis Martini Lutheri parua, Grecolatina, postremum recognita
Ioannem Oporinum (Johannes Oporinus), Basileae (Basel) 1567 - Small octavo (7 1/2 x 4 1/2"). 666, [36]pp (Index). Striking contemporary blind-tooled German pigskin over bevelled wooden boards. The book was apparently bound by a certain Thomas Schmidt, as renown German librarian Konrad Haebler describes an identical binding in his "Rollen- und plattenstempel des XVI. jahrhunderts" (1928/29), Vol. I, page 433. The covers are elegantly blind-tooled and depict a border of triple fillets framing a wreath of portrayed medallions within impressed flowers and foliated elements. At center is a large rectangular panel featuring a female figure in a 16th-century dress. The figure depicted on front cover is a female representation of Justice, with a scale in her left hand and a sword in her right. The (mostly rubbed and faded) inscription underneath reads 'Iustitiae quisquis picturam lumine cernis, Dic: Deus est justus, justaque facta probat.' On the back cover is featured a suicidal Lucretia symbolising chastity, with the inscription 'Casta tulit magnam formae Lucrecia laudem facta tamen magis est vulnere.' Two clasps. Luther's "Der Kleine Katechismus" (Small Catechism) was written and published in 1529 for the training of children. The book reviews the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, the Office of the Keys and Confession and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The "Book of Concord" (1580), the historic doctrinal standard of the Lutheran Church, has included it as an authoritative statement of what Lutherans believe. In this third edition of Michael Neander's Latin translation of Luther's "Der Kleine Katechismus," has been added the following works: The Protevangelium of James (this time in Greek), the Abgar Correspondence, several Letters of Pilate, and a series of Sybilline books. Binding heavily rubbed on spine, with head and tail of spine chipped. Some rubbing and staining to both covers. Front board detached but present, and back cover starting. The last 8 leaves are disbound, but present. Contemporary previous owner's inscription at lower margin of title (not affecting lettering). Minor and sporadic foxing and age-toning throughout. Text in Latin and Greek. Binding in overall poor to fair, interior in good to very good condition. About the author: Michael Neander (1525-1595) was a German Protestant Divine, known for his acquaintance with Latin, Greek, and Hebrew authors. About the publisher: Johannes Oporinus (original German name: Johannes Herbster or Herbst) (1507-1568) was a humanist printer in Basel, the son of the painter Hans Herbst. He completed his academic training in Strasbourg and Basel. After working as a teacher in the Cistercian convent of St. Urban, he returned to Basel, where he worked as a proofer in the shop of Johann Froben, the most important Basel printer of the early 16th Century. In addition, he taught at the Basel Latin school from 1526. After 1537 Oporinus taught Greek at the University of Basel. In 1542 he resigned his academic post to devote himself full-time to his printing workshop. In addition, he completed a medical studies and was temporarily famulus to the iconoclastic physician Paracelsus. (From Wikipedia). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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