The Life of Erasmus.
[ Jortin, John [.

London: Printed for J. Whiston and B. White 1758-60. First edition. Mezzotint frontisportrait by Holbein of Erasmus and six copper-engraved plates of facsimile autographs of Erasmus and his contemporaries. Title-pages printed in red and black. Binding extremities lightly rubbed, some wear to boards. Intermittent slight foxing and toning. Offsetting to gutter margins from green ribbon marker, occasionally extending to text of pp. 324-333 in Vol. I and pp. 356-361 in Vol. II. Ribbon marker in Vol. I lacking. Small hole with partial loss of two letters on pp. 581-582 in Vol. I. Small hole with partial loss of letter “C” in lower margin of pp. 377-378 of Vol. II. A few corners creased. A very good copy of a work that is scarcely seen on the market with both volumes present. Contemporary marbled boards rebacked in twentieth century tan morocco, gilt-lettered red and black morocco spine labels. Edges sprinkled red, green ribbon markers. Two volumes, large quart vi, [2], 631 [+2, corrig (Item ID: 16558)


John Jortin (1698-1770) was an ecclesiastical historian, musician, and literary critic. One of his most important works was Remarks on Ecclesiastical History (1755) in five volumes, two of which were published posthumously in 1773. They constitute the most significant Anglican ecclesiastical history of the eighteenth-century. In Volume XIX of their Bibliotheca Sacra and Biblical Repository, editors Edwards A. Park and Samuel H. Taylor note that the Life of Erasmus was “written in the form of annals, showing where Erasmus was, and what he did, and what befell him from year to year. Large portions [of the annals] consist of extracts from his letters, interspersed with explanatory and critical remarks. The memoir…is followed by a copious index, and by an extended review of Erasmus’ characters and works…[Life of Erasmus is] instructive, full of anecdote and interest, touching upon the characters and works of the friends and correspondents of Erasmus, who were the most distinguished men of his age” (p. 106).

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