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Latin dialogues by the rector of the Deventer Illustre School, leading humanist and teacher of Erasmus and Pope Adrian VI

Dialogi. De scientia et eo q[uo]d co[n]tra Academicos. De tribus anim[a]e generibus. De incarnationis misterio dialogi duo quib[us] ... Dialogus physicus. De sensu et sensili. De arte et inertia. De rhetorica. De moralibus. Eiusde[m] Farrago cui addita invectiva eius in modos significandi ... Epistola una et altera eius ceteris apud suos latentibus.
(Colophon: Deventer, Richard Pafraet, 1503). Small 4to (21 x 14.5 cm). With spaces left for 3- to 5-line manuscript initials (most with printed guide letters). Set in a rotunda gothic type with the title, colophon, running heads, etc. in a larger textura gothic and the author's name in a still larger rotunda, with occasional words in Greek. With one blue "Lombardic" initial filled in in manuscript, capitals and paragraph marks rubricated throughout. Half tan sheepskin (ca. 1860?). [170] pp.
€ 7,500
First edition of a collection of Latin dialogues and other short educational texts on religious and philosophical subjects by Alexander Hegius (ca. 1433/39?-1498), a pupil of Thomas à Kempis and Rudolph Agricola and since 1469 rector of the famous Illustre school at Deventer, where he shared quarters with the printer Pafraet, who published the book. Most of the dialogues were first printed in the present edition.
Hegius's erudition attracted many pupils, including Erasmus, Murmellius, Herman Busschius, Henricus Agricola, Johannes Caesarius and Herman Torrentinus. Under his direction the Deventer school soon counted over 2200 pupils and became a leading centre of humanist learning. He advocated the study of the Greek language for a better knowledge of the New Testament.
With a slip containing a 4-line manuscript note in a 16th-century hand mounted at the foot of the first text page. Lacking the final blank leaf. With the first and last page slightly browned, minor and mostly marginal water stains on a few leaves and some repairs in the gutter (not affecting the text), but generally in good condition and only slightly trimmed. The binding is rubbed, with the spine damaged and faded patches on the back board. Netherlandish books 14432; Nijhoff & Kronenberg 1042; USTC 420071.
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