Thursday, 8 April 2010
Got a lazy $500 000 lying around? If so, you might want to consider putting in a bid for an item at an upcoming Sotheby's auction. The item concerned is a 1st edition of Erasmus's 10 volume set of Augustine's works, printed at Basle in 1527-1529.
What's so exciting about that?
Well, the volumes have been carefully glossed with marginal notes (actual pic above) in Latin and German containing comments on contemporary events, corrections of Erasmus, and interaction with Augustine's theology, including record of doctrinal comments by Luther and Melanchthon. What's more, the notes appear to have been written by someone very close to Luther and his inner circle, such is the knowledge the commenter displays of goings on in 1530s Wittenberg. No doubt the identity of the glossator will be determined as scholars continue to work through his annotations, although there were any number of brilliant scholars in Wittenberg at the time.
Most importantly, the glosses promise to shine much light on the reception of Augustine by the Reformer's inner circle.
See what I mean by 'exciting'?
[click on the post title to read a report from the UK Guardian.]