1549] · [Magdeburg
First vernacular translation of Luther's Aliquot epistolae Reverendi Patris piae memoriae D. Martini Lutheri quibusdam theologis ad Augustana Comitia, anno 1530, scriptae, being letters principally addressed to => Melanchthon and Brenz, with their replies, but other correspondents include Johann Friedrich I, Kurfürst von Sachsen; Gregor Brück; Georg Spalatin; Justus Jonas; Johann Bugenhagen; Georg III, Fürst von Anhalt; and Kaspar Cruciger.
The letters were collected by Veit Dietrich and edited by Matthias Flacius Illyricus. Apparently the motivations behind this publication were based in the Adiaphorist controversy that the Diet of Augsburg resolved in 1548, and the imperially issued Augsburg Interim during the Diet. Flacius wished to remind Protestants that Luther's stances on many of the issues addressed by the Augsburg Interim were at odds with the contents of that document — which Luther himself could not do, as he had died in 1546.
Printed in fraktur, of course, and with a large woodcut portrait of Luther (Kind's no. 63) on the verso of the title-page, this was, strangely, issued without imprint information.
Provenance: 20th-century bookplate of H. Spart; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Kind, Lutherdrucke, 264; Hammer, Melanchthonforschung, 90; VD16 L3726; Hohenemser, 2713; Kuczýnski, 1838; Pegg, Bibliotheca, 764; Pegg, Swiss, 2873. 20th-century full caramel-colored calf modestly tooled in blind with rules on the covers and with the author, title, and date in gilt on the front board; this with a little light scuffing, in fact to rather attractive effect. Title-page with inner margin reinforced; age-toning, intermittent early annotations and marks of emphasis, a few scattered ink smudges and spots confined to margins. => A very good copy. (Inventory #: 38023)