1566 Dass Sie Sich durch den Teuffel...von der Beicht nit lassen..., Martin Eisengrein. With a "carmen" by Tilmann Bredenbach.


1566 counter-reformation Catholic work, by Martin Eisengrien, regarding not being tempted by the devil during confession. Eisengrein's discussion is in German, but there is an added "Heroic" song at the rear, by Eisengrein's collegiate colleague, Tilmann Bredenbach, on the same subject, titled "De Poenitentia et Confessione Sacramentali".

In a handsome binding, with Proverbs 13 on the front cover, and Song of Songs chapters 4 & 5 (Vulgate edition) on the rear, both surrounded by notes. The binding looks oddly perfect, the leaves used may have been facsimile, but they look very real. I can't tell you for sure, the binding was executed before I won the book at auction (and no information, regarding the binding, was given).

A somewhat rare work, I find two copies in the World's libraries. OCLC 494634613 at the Strasbourg-B.N.U.S., and OCLC 934315089 at the Erfurt University Bibliothek.

Full title: Treuherzige Ermahnung an alle katholischen Christen dass sie sich durch den Teufel und seine Diener von der Beichte nicht lassen abwendig machen.

About the Authors -

Eisengrein's activities were not confined to the university. By numerous controversial sermons, some of which are masterpieces of oratory, he contributed to the suppression of Lutheranism in Bavaria. Many of his sermons were published separately and collectively in German and Latin during his lifetime.

Bredenbach was the son of Matthias Bredenbach , a Catholic humanist and Rector of the School of Emmerich. There he received his first training. Probably at the University of Cologne , he received his master's degree in the liberal arts . 1565 he moved to the University of Ingolstadt where, for Dr. theol., he was awarded a doctorate . There he became friends with Martin Eisengrein.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 15 x 19 x .5 cm, quarto. Hardcover, with early religious works used as decorative paper; bound in the case style. Two, three-line, rubricated initials to boards. Title page in red and black. One twelve-line initial with elaborate scroll-work. One eight-line inhabited initial with the devil turning man strapped to a wheel over snakes. Main work in German, song at rear in Latin.

Pagination - (1) viii, XVIII, iv, (1). Signatures - (1), F4, (1).

Condition -

See pictures. Binding is very nice, no wear (likely new). Some fox/rust spots and toning throughout. Pin hole sized hole at top of I in margin, likely just a paper-making error. Small thumb on fore-edge margin of III at bottom. Light thumb in bottom margin of XII. Slightest chip at bottom corner of last two leaves. Several light type marks (ghosting) at bottom of last printed page. Mostly, wide margins and no annotations in a clean binding; a nice little book.

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