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Abraham à Sancta Clara Centi-folium stultorum in quarto 1709

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Abraham à Sancta Clara [Johann Carl Megerle], Centi-folium stultorum in quarto.

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Abraham à Sancta Clara [Johann Carl Megerle] Centi-folium stultorum in quarto. Oder Hundert Ausbündige Narren/ in Folio. Und in einer Alapatrit-Pakateten zum Schau-Essen / mit hundert schoenen Kupffer-Stichen / zur ehrlichen Ergoezung / und nuslisslichen Zeit Bertreibung /fowohl froelich als melancholischen Gemuthern aufgesezt; Auch mit einer delicaten Bruehe vieler artigen Historien / lustiger Fablen / kurtzweiliger Discursen / und erbaulichten Sitten-Lehren angerichtet. Cum Licentia Superiorum. Wienn, Zu finden ben Johann Carl Megerle / Universitäts. Buchhandler in Gundl-Hof. Und Ben Johann Christoph Weigel, Kupfferstechern in Nürnberg / Gedruckt ben Christoph Lercher / Universitäts-Buchdruckern, IM LU[st] I[gen] I[ahr] a[L]s DI[ese] Narren-S[c]aar erkohnen gar. [1709]

The date of publication is revealed from the chronosticon given on the title page, (completed here with bracketed letters). Johann Ulrich Megerle (July 2, 1644 – December 1, 1709) is also known as Gautentius Hilarion, Hilarius von Freudberg, Theophilus Mariophilus. First edition, emblem book, 20.5 cm x 16cm, quarto; [engraved allegorical frontispiece; title-page in black and red letter; vi; 404; iv], 101 leaves of full-page engravings. Johann Christoph Weigel / Kupfferstechern in Nürnberg, caption (legends) engraved or hand-written under each image. Errors of pagination: p. 188 is missing the page number; p. 192 reads as “912”; p. 307 reads as “407”; p. 318 reads as “218”; p. 320 reads as “230”; p. 374 reads as “274”; p. 376 reads as “176”; p. 378 reads as “278”; p. 403 reads as “401.”

This copy is bound in contemporary quarter vellum on light-gray marbled paper boards with a hand-lettered spine. The title-page has been repaired and reinforced with heavier paper, as are some of the introductory pages and plates. Plate No. 48 is printed on very heavy paper with a handwritten legend. The other plates have engraved legends. The edges of the first nine pages have been expertly reinforced. Apart from a crack in the uppermost front hinge, this binding is in fair condition. Inside the back cover is a triangular stamp reading in part “ZUR AUSFUR FREIGEGEBEN.” Pencil annotations inside the front cover are a title index of the emblem plates and the calculus of the chronosticon.

Extremely rare complete. Old repairs noted, this is a good, bright, tight copy. Not in Praz or Landwehr. See Gerhard Dünnhaupt F5.1.; Bertsch 52a, 1; Goedeke III, 240, 26. See also William Salloch’s Catalog 365, Sept. 1980: “100 fools with their occupations, preoccupations and vanities described and illustrated by Weigel.” An old bookseller’s catalog entry pasted down on the verso of the initial blank states: “In 150 Exemplaren gedruckt als Festgabe für die Gesellschaft der Bibliophilen.” The last plate is blank, intentionally, to provoke the reader.

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