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    Andreas Musculus (Muesel). Vom Himel und der Hellen, Was fur ein gelegenheit in beiden mit den Auserwelten und Verdampten haben werde. Frankfurt: Johann Eichorn, 1559. Krown & Spellman retail: $750. First edition. 4to. A-J4, K6. Modern antique binding, with gilted outlines, gilt title on red label, on spine. Small repair tape to outer margin of tp, some pencil notes to tp. Few contemp. ink notes to outer margin of text, and some underlining. Rare. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    "Musculus (Meusel), Andreas: Lutheran theologian; b. at Schneeberg, Saxony, 1514 - d. at Frankfort-on-the-Oder, Sept. 29, 1581.

    He was educated at the Latin school of his native city, and at the University of Leipsic. In 1538, after acting as a tutor for several years, he resumed his studies, this time at Wittenberg, where he became an enthusiastic disciple of Luther. At the instance of Johann Agricola, whose brother-in-law he seems to have been, he was appointed to a position at the University of Frankfort and also as preacher of the Franscican Church in 1541.As an orthodox Luthean, however, he became involved in disputes with his colleague Ludecus, whome he attacked in several theses (directed at the same time against Melanchthon and the entire Wittenberg school). Melanchthon was much displeased at the attitude of his former pupil, and in a letter of 1546 endeavored to instruct and appease him.Musculus succeeded Ludecus, on the altter's removal to Stendal, both as pastor and professor, was also made rector, and was for a long time the only theological teacher of the institution. After the death of Agricola, he became general superintendant of the entire March of Brandenberg... In his sermons he criticized the fads and abuses of his time, and in this spirit published pamphlets such as "Wider den Hosenteufel, 1555", Vom Gotteslastern, 1556", "Wider den Eheteufil, 1556", Vom jungsten Tage, 1557", Vom Himmel un der Hellen, 1559"... He also wrote a Latin book of prayers (1553), which included meditations on the passion and on the proper use of the Lord's Supper,etc. Among his doctrinal works mention may be made of his "Enchiridion senentiarum (1552)," citations from the works of the ancients in defense of the Lutheran doctrine; and "Catechismus (1555), in which he tried to prove that Luther's doctrine was older than Roman Catholic teaching... in 1576 he helped frame the Book of Torgau, and in 1577 aided in the final redaction of the Formula of Concord." - Baker's Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: VIII: 59-60.

    This is Musculus pamphlet on Heaven and Hell. We have not been able to locate any other copy for sale, online and off. Rare.   BM STC (German): 638. VD16: M7215. Not in Adams. Abbot: Doctrine of a Future LIfe: 3313.      

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