1546 · [Nuremberg]
Previously unrecorded edition of this influential two-part elementary Latin schoolbook incorporating the Paedologia of Petrus Mosellanus Protegensis (i.e., Peter Schade) and the Dialogae puerorum of Christoph Hegendorff, both authors friends of Erasmus. German humanist Mosellanus crafted his dialogues to increase students' fluency in colloquial Latin and first published them ca. 1517, the same year Melanchthon was chosen over him for a Greek professorship at the University of Wittenberg. The dialogues by Hegendorff, a Protestant scholar and "travelling salesman of humanism and reform," were almost immediately added to the text.
Searches of the NUC, Worldcat, COPAC, and the VD16 reveal => no records of a 1546 edition by Petreium, although this text closely matches the NUC record of a 1540 edition supposedly held by the University of Illinois (but not currently present in their online catalogue) and the 1550 edition described as VD16 S2160.
The offering begins with => a merrily violent woodcut border of rabbits hunting men on the title-page; the text is printed in single columns with italic type and roman chapter headings along with the occasional decorative initial.
Evidence of Readership: Two early users have covered the title-page verso and three endpapers with notes in Latin and Greek — sometimes minute and some overlaying previous ones — in addition to adding a few phrases and decorations to the title-page, embellishing nearly every large initial (both plain and decorative), supplying a few marginal notes, and underlining a few phrases of text, all in ink. A more modern user has contributed a few English notes in pencil at the back.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Not in Adams; not in VD16. On Mosellanus and Hegendorff, see: Contemporaries of Erasmus; our quotation on Hagendorff is from this source. On the Paedologia, see: Seybolt, Paedologia of Petrus Mosellanus (introduction). 16th-century limp vellum over pasteboards, title inked on spine, all edges stained blue; evenly dust-soiled, new endpapers. Lacks final blank (only) as above. Provenance and readership markings as above, with a few notes partially trimmed. One small marginal hole and a few pages with slightly worn type; moderate age-toning and occasional, chiefly marginal, staining. => An exciting find for multiple reasons. (Inventory #: 38117)