6268. Erasmus Adagiorum Froben 1520

ERASMUS ROTERODAMUS. (Adagiorum ciliades quatuor). Io Frobenius studiorum liberalium mystis... ex quarta autoris recognitione. Basilea (Basel, J. Froben) 1520.

Folio (about 308x207 mm.). (52, last blank), (1)-790 (lacks last leaf with printer's device). Title within wide woodcut figurative border by Urs Graf (lacks last leaf with woodcut printer's device, present in facsimile), 2 subtitle leaves with figurative woodcut borders, some nice woodcut initials.
Contemporary blindtooled pigskin over wooden boards, worn, cracks in upper joint, brass clasps and fittings, spine in four compartments, faded manuscript title in upper compartment, later endpapers. Partly some minor worming and light staining in lower margin. Minor foxing. A few old marginal annotations. Inside of upper board with library stamp of Roman Cazmar, also 2 mounted catalogue cuts.

VD16, E 1936.
Adagia, one of Erasmus' great achievements, is a collection of proverbs, taken from Greek and Latin authors, to "open the gates to the antiquity for the common people". The first edition was printed in Paris 1500 containing 818 proverbs, this is the fourth edition, augmented by Erasmus and edited by Michael Bentinus, with 3443 proverbs.

From the library of Roman Kaczmar.