Libri sex de consyderatione dialectica.

Antwerp: Symon Cocus, 1533.


FIRST EDITION. 12mo. ff. [xx] 254 (ie. 256). *8, **8, ***4, A-Z, a-i8. Roman letter. Title within four part woodcut border, white on black criblé woodcut initials, two woodcut diagrams in text, ‘James Brasse’ at foot of title, repeated on verso and on last leaf in contemporary hand, autographs of ‘Rogerius Strickland’, ‘Henry Sames’ after epistle, the autographs of ‘Eckersall’, ‘John Roberte’ on margins of last two leaves, many scribbles and notes on verso of last, with a charming contemporary drawing of a man standing in profile in Tudor costume, monogram G. W. around calligraphic drawing at sides, another small drawing of a seated figure in margins of title, many contemporary annotations in an English hand, Latin grammar exercise in early hand on verso of title, “precium xxd” at head of prologue, Bookplate of Robert S Pirie on first fly. Light age yellowing, small worm-trail in blank outer margin from quire Z to end, occasional marginal thumb mark or stain. A very good copy in fine English calf c. 1600, covers bordered with a triple blind rule, Sir Robert Shirley’s arms and ‘Saracen’s head’ device gilt stamped to covers, spine with blind ruled raised bands, double blind ruled in compartments, later green paper label, very outer upper edges of covers restored, joints a little rubbed, small crack at head. a.e.r.

A very interesting copy, full of contemporary English annotations, of this scholarly work on dialectics by the Flemish Franciscan scholar Frans Titelmans; given the early English annotations and autographs it must have been imported into England very shortly after its publication. Titelmans was born in Hasselt, and graduated M.A. at the University of Leuven in 1521. He was a dialectician influenced by Rudolph Agricola, and himself an influence on Petrus Ramus. He joined the Franciscan Order in 1523, and engaged in controversy with Erasmus over the interpretation of the Pauline Epistles in the period 1527 to 1530. He wrote a compendium on natural philosophy which was much reprinted. “By 1530 he was already known across Europe as a brilliant biblical scholar and feared polemicist. His works included a commentary on the Psalms which were followed by several other works of biblical exegesis.. Titelmans did not hesitate, both in his lectures and in his written work on the New Testament, to castigate the approach to the Bible taken by front-rank scholars such as Erasmus, Jaques Lefevre d’Etaples, and Lorenzo Valla.. Explicitly disagreeing with Erasmus, Titelmans defended the validity of the Vulgate translation and must have seemed a young and stubborn upstart with little respect for his elders… Erasmus derided him as a kalemans (“Cackling man”) and made fun of his “great number of small publications, full of ignorant loquacity.” Emidio Campi, ed. ‘Scholarly Knowledge: Textbooks in Early Modern Europe.’

A very good copy, with the very striking gilt device of Sir Robert Shirley gilt stamped on covers. “Sir Robert Shirley (1629–1656), fourth baronet, royalist .. His mother Dorothy was the second daughter of Robert Devereux, second earl of Essex. Although the Shirley family had remained catholic, Robert was educated by his mother in the protestant faith. .. He took up arms for the king. In the winter of 1647–8 he was in Oxford and resided in St. John’s College. After the execution of Charles I he was involved in plots for a restoration of the monarchy. On 4 May 1650 a warrant was issued for his committal to the Tower, but he was released in October on finding two securities in 5,000l. He continued, notwithstanding, to engage in conspiracies against the Commonwealth. Arms were discovered at his dwelling in 1656, and in consequence of his conduct he was several times confined in the Tower. There he died on 28 Nov. 1656.” DNB

USTC 403878. Not in BM STC Dutch. C16 or Adams.


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