Disertissimi viri Rogeri Aschami angli, regiae olim maiestati à Latinis Epistolis,

ASCHAM Roger (1590)



Fourth Edition. 8vo., [16], 540, [4] pp, titles within woodcut typographical borders, woodcut initials, and head- and tail-pieces. Very lightly browned throughout, some minor ink staining on H6v. Contemporary calf with a large blind stamped oval arabesque block on the covers (headcaps broken, rubbed, joints cracked but firm).London: Ar[nold]. Hatfield for F. Coldock,

STC 829


This collection of selected letters by Ascham, first published in 1576 and edited by Edward Grant (1540?-1601), headmaster of Westminster School, consists of his correspondence with his pen-friend (they never met) Johann Sturm, Rector of the Gymnasium at Strasburg and editor of Cicero, from 1550 to just before Ascham's death in 1568, as well as letters from Ascham to leading scholars, churchmen and members of the court. The second part, with a separate title-page, consists of letters to Ascham and others by Sturm in addition to letters to Ascham previously unpublished. The work concludes with some of Ascham's latin poems in addition to a 40-page biography of him by Grant which provides details about his life not found in any other source.


Provenance: William Dalyson (died 1599), Justice of the Common Pleas of Laughton, Lincolnshire, signature “Willms Dalyson” dated 1596 on the front flyleaf and with various pen trials on the endleaves. Dalyson’s will states that “all my books with my books of the lawes of the Realme” were inherited by his son, also William Dalyson. 



Stock Code: 220742

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