1538 · Gedruckt zu Leipzig
First edition of Cochlaeus' detailed response to Luther's Schmalkald Articles, a summary of Lutheran doctrine written at the request of Luther's patron, Elector John Frederick of Saxony, for presentation at the Schmalkaldic League's meeting in 1537. The league was organized in 1531 as a union of the Lutheran territories and cities to provide a united military and political front against the Roman Catholic politicians and armies led by Emperor Charles V.
Luther was unable to attend the 1537 meeting; consequently, the League ended up being largely influenced by Melanchthon and decided not to adopt the Articles chiefly because of their stand on the doctrine of the Lords Supper. The Articles did, however, circulate widely and were incorporated in the 1580 Book of Concord.
Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate => only one U.S. library reporting ownership (UPenn).
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
VD16 C4347; Index Aurel. 142.161; Claus 187, 28; Spahn 132. Removed from a sammelband. Very good condition. (Inventory #: 38083)