Pirckheimer’s Encomium to the Gout

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Title printed in red & black. [16] leaves. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards (minor foxing). N.p.: 1601.

First edition in German of Pirckheimer’s ironical and humorous eulogy on gout, from which he suffered in old age, fashioned in the manner of Erasmus’s Moria. Pirckheimer (1470-1530), humanist, collector, and patron, was a frequent correspondent with Erasmus; they shared scholarly interests as well as a similar outlook on contemporary issues. Both Pirckheimer and Erasmus considered immoderate scholarliness as the cause of gout. Pirckheimer’s encomium to the gout proved to be the most influential of all encomia addressed to medical topics.

Fine copy and very rare; WorldCat lists no copy in North America. The first edition, in Latin, was published in Nuremberg in 1522.

❧ Bietenholz & Deutscher, Contemporaries of Erasmus, Vol. III, pp. 90-94.

Price: $2,650.00

Item ID: 6571

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