The Praise of Folly or Moriae Encomium, Erasmus, Illustrated by Franz Masereel

From my hometown of Rotterdam, this book is the most popular title produced by the 15th century Humanist. Erasmus wrote this book while on the estate of Thomas Moore in England and Moriae Encomium can also be read as "In Praise of Moore". Both Moore and Erasmus were Roman Catholics at odds with the Protestant movement of the time, but also unsatisfied with the Roman Catholic Church.

The book is a satirical attack on the Catholic Church and its doctrines as well as popular superstitions of the day. This book also includes an introduction by another famous Rotterdam author, Hendrik Van Loon. The woodcuts by Franz Masereel complete this work as one of these rare combinations of art in writing and thought and visual art to accompany it. Masereel was a Flemish painter who is best known for his woodcuts.

The book is hardbound with decorated boards. It is in excellent condition no flaws except some very slight bumping on the top and bottom of the spine. It is published by Heritage Press.

Item ID: RLES1170

$45 USD

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