2 LIPSIUS, Justus. Epistolica institutio / Virtual Book Fair 106


Description: One of the greatest scholars on the turn of the 16th century on letters and letter writing, together with his collected correspondence

LIPSIUS, Justus.
Epistolica institutio, excepta è dictantis eius ore, anno M.D.XXXVII, mense Junio.Adiunctum est Demetrii Phalerei eiusdem argumenti scriptum. Editio ultima.- Epistolarm selectarum centuria singularis ad Germanos & Gallos.- Epistolarum selectarum centuria singularis ad Italos & Hispanos, quive in iis locis.- Epistolarum selectarum centuria prima ad Belgas.- Epistolarum selectarum centuria secunda ad Belgas.- Epistolarum selectarum centuria trtia ad Belgas.- Epistolarum selectarum centuria prima [et secunda] miscellanea.- Epistolarum selectarum centuria tertia miscellanea.

Antwerp, Ex officina Plantiniana, apud Joannes Moretum, 1604-5. 8 parts in one vol. 4to. Seventeenth-century blind tooled calf, ribbed spine with red title label lettered in gold. With engraved printer's device of the Officina Plantiniana on all titles, woodcut head- and end-pieces and initials. part 1: 23; p.2: (8), 27; p.3: (8), 92, (4); p. 4: (8), 102, (2, bank); p. 5: (8), 99; p. 6: (8), 118, (2); p. 7: (8), 213, (3); p. 8: (8), 108, (4).

Lipsius's treatise on letters and letter writing (pars 1), together with his collected correspondence to Germans and French scholars (part 2), to Italian and Spanish scholars (part 3), to Dutch and Belgian scholars (part 4-6), and to various correspondents (part 7-8). All parts, all with separate title-pages, are in second Antwerp (partly page-for-page) re-editions.

Justus Lipsius (1547-1606) is a famous Dutch humanist and universal scholar who studied at Louvain, first philosophy and physics, and later also literature, antiquities and law. Specialized in Latin philology, he travelled to Italy to decypher ancient inscriptions. He was received as a honoured guest at the Court of Maximilian at Vienna, but disgusted over the Spanish Inquisition he went to Jena, where he became professor and conversed to Lutheranism. He returned to the Southern Netherlands in 1574, but again feeling uneasy about the religious troubles he left for Leyden, where he became one of the first professors at the newly founded University and conversed to Calvinism. He was also teacher of Prince Maurice of Orange. Troubled, however, by a dispute with Coornhert about the execution of heretics, he returned in 1592 to the Southern Netherlands and to Roman Catholicism. Still, Lipsius's fame remained undisputed and only grew during the 17th century. Lipsius can be considered as one of the most respected scholars and humanists of his time. All eight parts of one hundred selected letters each, published here together in second Antwerp editions, had earlier been published separately at Antwerp from 1590 to 1602.

Good copy.- (Binding rubbed, front hinge broken, spine half loose).
Bibl. Belg. III, L-337, 242, 239, 246, and 257a-c.
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