Brunsvigae: Typis Orphanitrophii, 1831. 12mo. 22p. Frontispiece engraving and one other full page engraving. Latin text. The "anonymous" author of this fascinating work was Johannes Leo Placentius (ca. 1500-1548?). He was a humanist who flourished in the Netherlands who after his studies at Louvain entered the Dominican order. While he was an historian of the church as well as established poet, he is best known for Pugna Porcorum where every word in the poem begins with the letter P and in which in some way every words if connected with student life in the Louvain Collegium Porci. (The English referred to this as "The Hog College of Louvain"). The poem was reprinted for the next three centuries and was considered a delight to those who were students both of Latin humor and also the life of students at Louvain. Erasmus referred to the bigoted clergy at Louvain as "grunting hogs". Though he met Froben there, the environment was too sterile and thus the move to Basel. Bound in ¾ red cloth over marbled paper covered boards, all edges marbled, spine gilt. There is a sentence in ink near gutter of title page and frontispiece. A very good copy of this unusual little book.
(Inventory #: 025098)
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