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Epistolae Obscurorum Virorum, Defensio Ioannis Pepericorni, Ortuini Gratii, Lipsiae, 1869


Epistolae Obscurorum Virorum. Dialogus ex obscurorum vivorum salibus cribratus adversariorum scripta. Defensio Ioannis Pepericorni contra famosas et criminales. Obscurorum virorum epistolas. Ortuini Gratii lamentationes obscurorum virorum. Uno volymine comprehensa.

(Letters of unknown men. A dialogue written by opponents sifted from the dark salt of the living. Defense of John Pepericorni against famous and criminal. Letters of dark men. The Lamentations of the Dark Men of Ortuinus Gratius. Compiled in one volume.)

Published by  B.G. Teubneri, Lipsiae (B. G. Teubner, Leipzig). 1869.

This book of satirical Latin letters was first published in Germany in 1515-1519, with more letters added later. Supporting German humanist perspective, they mock scholastics and monks in the form of letters purporting to be from Christian fanatics questioning whether all Jewish works should be burned as being un-Christian or otherwise. The book was based on a real dispute between Johann Reuchlin, a German humanist and certain Dominican friars.

A good hardback with leather spine and red morocco title label with gilt. Marbled paper over boards. Boards with mild wear, but spine leather is significantly worn with cracked hinges and some losses. 

Text is soundly bound and overall is in very good condition - bright and clean throughout. Previous owner's name to first free endpaper and ink stamp to title page.

Prelims + 448pp + 374pp + 31pp Index + 1pp Errata.

Language: Latin.

Dimensions: approximately 143mm high x 100mm wide x 40mm deep.

Unpacked weight approximately 376g.