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L'alcoran des cordeliers. Tant en Latin qu'en François . . . nouvelle édition. Amsterdam, aux dépens de la compagnie,

ALBER Erasmus (1734.)

£500.00 

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22 engraved plates by Bernard Picart (including two frontispieces and one folding plate), title-pages in red and black.2 vols. 12mo. Contemporary grained English red morocco, single gilt fillet

First edition to hold the illustrations of Bernard Picart. The first part of the work was written by the reformer Erasmus Alberus who refuted the various "blasphemies" which he found in the De conformitate vitae beati Francisci ad vitam domini Jesu by Bartolomeo degli Albizzi. The work first appeared in Wittemberg in 1542, under the title Der barfusser Monche Eulenspiegel und Alcoran, with the first French version appearing in Geneva in 1556. In this well illustrated edition the large folding plate in volume one depicts the mystical tree with the 40 "conformités" of St. Francis with Jesus Christ. Bookplate of the United Presbyterian College.Brunet I, 152. Rothschild II, 2024.

Stock Code: 44115