The select colloquies of Erasmus, Erasmi Colloquia Selecta
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A translator of the bible and the teaching of Jesus, his writing style is best described as a form of Christian humanism. His ideas on the theology of the body and the books of proverbs aimed to bring a new and modern understanding of the practice of religion, education, and society. Erasmus embraced peaceful cooperation, balance, and understanding and carried these principles into a heated debate, including the debate of the Reformation. His disciples were called Erasmians, and the term Erasmian implied these principles’ following. This work, Colloquies, was first published in 1518 had great meaning to those scholars of Latin and Greek. Colloquies in Latin meant a formal written dialogue, and as such, Colloquies is a collection of discourse on various subjects. These discourses began in the late 15th century as exercises for his students to practice and participate.
Between 1522 and 1533, Erasmus created twelve editions until he had written over fifty individual colloquies, including subjects as war, religion, society, class structure, death, and literature and writings. Each edition’s humorous style and light approach made reading enjoyable for generations. This work came to us from a small Northeast collection of early books that had been inherited through family. While not a first edition, this seventeenth-century edition hand noted 1664 is in highly presentable condition and should make a welcome addition to any library of rare and early books.