De duplici copia, verborum ac rerum commentarii duo, plerisque in locis aucti. Epistola ... as Iacobum Vuimphelingium Selestatinum. Desiderius Erasmus.
De duplici copia, verborum ac rerum commentarii duo, plerisque in locis aucti. Epistola ... as Iacobum Vuimphelingium Selestatinum.

De duplici copia, verborum ac rerum commentarii duo, plerisque in locis aucti. Epistola ... as Iacobum Vuimphelingium Selestatinum.

Argentorati [i.e. Strassburg]: Johann Knoblouch, 1522. 8vo, pp. [8], 112, [16] (the last leaf blank), with a fine historiated woodcut title-page border, recased, in contemporary blindstamped pigskin neatly rebacked, clasps not preserved, new cloth folding box. A very rare edition of Erasmus' wide-spread treatise "The Double Supply of Words and Matter", designed to assist the young student in attaining an elegant and fluent style of writing, and to provide abundant examples of how to say the same thing in different ways. This work, completed at the request of Erasmus' friend, John Colet, head of St. Paul's School in London, became enormously popular and was reprinted many times since its first appearance in 1512. "This work is more important than its elementary nature might indicate, for it provided a handbook not only for the intimation of the words of the ancients but for the absorption of their ideas as well" (J.E. Walsh). The present edition contains, besides the original dedication to John Colet and the preface addressed to the printer Matthias Schurer for the 1514 edition, the famous epistle to Jacob Wimpheling (1450-1528) in which Erasmus relates his previous journey to Basel and, mentioning all the humanists he had met there, extends thanks for the friendly welcome he had received in Strassburg. OCLC locates 9 copies worldwide, only Yale in the US. Not in Adams or BM-STC German. Item #34054

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