1951 Beautiful Book bound by Bayntun Riviere - The Praise of Folly by Erasmus.
Author: Desiderius Erasmus.
Title: The Praise of Folly. Translated from the Latin, with an Essay & Commentary, By Hoyt Hopewell Hudson.
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1951. 5th edition.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 8" X 5.5".
Pages: xl-165 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good, near fine binding finely bound by Bayntun Riviere in full green morocco leather with gilt decorations on covers and spine (hinges fine, overall slightly scuffed - as shown, spine slightly sunned - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. All edges gilt. A very beautiful binding!
Content: Near fine content (bright, tight, and clean).
Illustrations: Complete with the illustrated title page and the full-page illustration.
The book: Beautiful edition of In Praise of Folly, also translated as The Praise of Folly (Latin: Stultitiae Laus or Moriae Encomium), -- an essay written in Latin in 1509 by Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam and first printed in June 1511. Inspired by previous works of the Italian humanist Faustino Perisauli, De Triumpho Stultitiae, it is a satirical attack on superstitions, other traditions of European society and on the Western Church. This copy in a rare and wonderful Bayntun-Riviere binding!
The author: Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (Erasmus of Rotterdam or Erasmus; 28 October 1466 – 12 July 1536) was a Dutch philosopher and Catholic theologian who is considered one of the greatest scholars of the northern Renaissance. As a Catholic priest, he was an important figure in classical scholarship who wrote in a pure Latin style. Among humanists, he enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the Humanists", and has been called "the crowning glory of the Christian humanists". Using humanist techniques for working on texts, he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament, which raised questions that would be influential in the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation. He also wrote On Free Will, In Praise of Folly, Handbook of a Christian Knight, On Civility in Children, Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style, Julius Exclusus, and many other works.
The binder: George Bayntun was born in 1873 in Bath, England. After an apprenticeship, he began his own bookbinding business in Bath in 1894, binding books by hand with great craftsmanship. Although many binders were using machines in their process, Bayntun refused to use modern techniques.
In 1920, George Baynton purchased the business of George Gregory, Bookseller. The shop was frequently visited by Queen Mary throughout his final years.
In 1939, the George Bayntun firm acquired the Rivière Bindery, and Bayntun passed away the following year.
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