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8vo. 5 x 7 inches. xxiii + 188 pp. In ivory paper imitation vellum, decorated with blind stamping, with black spine titles. Deckled edges. Spine and board edges sunned, fly leaves browned and some spotting of edges and preliminaries; otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by portrait frontispiece. The most widely read work of Erasmus is a satire on the superstitions and traditions of the western church. The Praise of Folly was originally drafted in one week by the humanist scholar while staying at the London house of Thomas More and its Latin title Moriae Encomium is said to be a pun on More's name. The work played its part in preparing the way for the Protestant Reformation, although Erasmus himself remained loyal to the Catholic church and even popes and cardinals found the work amusing. This translation is by John Wilson (1626-96), lawyer and playwright; a loyal supporter of James, Duke of York, he was appointed recorder of Derry in 1681.

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