EARLY POPULAR WORK FROM POLAND

Proverbia Salomonis.
Cracow, sold by Floriano Unglerio, 1534.

£5,750

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. ff. 66. Roman letter, woodcut initials. T.p. with woodcut of cherubs holding a banner, full page woodcut of man at signature H beginning a section of prayers dedicated to Joannes Dantisco, full page woodcut of arms on verso, repeated on verso of final ll. Light age yellowing, dampstain to top and right margins throughout not affecting text, wormhole from t.p. to c3, with slight loss of lettering but still legible. A clean copy with some MS annotation, in later red wrappers.

The second work of Johannes Campensis or Jean Van Campen to be published after his arrival in Poland in 1532, a paraphrase from the original Hebrew and commentary on the Proverbs of Solomon. Campensis (1491-1538) was a prominent Hebraist and correspondent of Erasmus, although unpopular as a teacher. Upon resigning from his position at the University of Louvain and moving to Cracow in the service of the Polish ambassador Johannes Dantiscus, he was recommended by Erasmus to teach once again. In the preface dedicated to the Polish Chancellor of the Crown, Petrus Thomas, van Campen describes his indebtedness to Dantiscus, who receives a dedicatory address of his own in the preface to van Campen’s translation of prayers from the Old Testament including those by Isaiah, Ezechial, and Moses.

Wierzbowski III 2165 and Index Aureliensis vol VI 130.833 (3 copies in Poland only) both mistakenly list 68 ll. Our copy is complete and identical to that of the Polish National Library, although in their copy the woodcut arms on the final ll. have been glued before the t.p.

L1349

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