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    Erasmus' "Thousands of Proverbs"

    Desiderius Erasmus. Des. Erasmi Roterodami Adagiorum Chiliades Quatuor cum Sesquicenturia , ex postrema authoris recognition... Basileæ: Ex officina Episcopiana, per Eusebium Episcopium & Nicolai fr. Hæredes, 1574. Large volume. [116], 852 pages, 96 columns, 97-647, [88] pages. "Epis/cop" printer's device on title page, decorated initials. Bound in modern half leather with marbled paper boards and rules, five raised ruled bands to spine with titles in gilt and small gilt year at foot. All edges red. Bookplate of "Anne C. Morrel" on front pastedown. A rectangular section of the title page to the right of the printer's device has been removed and replaced with no loss to image or text. Holograph pen ex-libris and small ink stamp on title page, small paper reinforcements on verso of title page, dampstaining, minor foxing and soiling, occasional pen and pencil marks or holograph annotations, pages lightly cockled, creases, some corner bends, otherwise in good condition. From the Anne Calpurnia Morrel Collection.
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    "Erasmus Adagia: Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, c.1469-1536, published an annotated collection of Greek and Latin proverbs entitled Collectanea Adagiorum, in Paris in 1500, with around eight hundred entries. By 1508, Erasmus had expanded the collection titled Adagiorum chiliades (Thousands of proverbs) to over 3,000 items, commentaries and essays on political and moral topics. The work continued to expand up to his death in 1536, with a total of 4,151 entries. They were a European-wide literary phenomenon, and influenced Pieter Brueghel the Elder's painting, Netherlandish Proverbs (Dutch: Nederlandse Spreekwoorden; also called Flemish ProverbsThe Blue Cloak or The Topsy Turvy World), 1559 - whose subject was the folly of the world."

    - Jeremy Hunt, "Desiderius Erasmus," Linz Adagia, August 9, 2014. Website:

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