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Lot 46: First children's encyclopedia.- Freigius (Johannes Thomas) Hoc est libellus ostendens qua ratione prima artium initia pueris quam facillime tradi possint, 1582.

Important Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper: Day One

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15 November 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: First children's encyclopedia.- Freigius (Johannes Thomas) Hoc est libellus ostendens qua ratione prima artium initia pueris quam facillime tradi possint, collation: α8 a-z8, Roman, italic, Greek and Hebrew types, title with large woodcut printer's device, folding table, woodcut illustrations and music, final f. colophon recto and woodcut printer's device verso, printing flaw to p.161 with loss of text, a few small marginal worm traces towards end, occasional spotting, a few small stains, 20th century vellum-backed boards, 8vo (162 x 93mm), Basel, Sebastian Henricpetri, 1582. ⁂ Rare first edition of the first children's encyclopedia, which was praised by Voltaire and rarely appears at auction. Freig was a pupil and the first biographer of the great educational reformer Pierre de la Ramée (Ramus), and later became Rector of the renowned school as Altdorf. The work includes Latin, Greek and Hebrew grammars, and sections on French conversation, rhetoric, music, coinage, architecture, physics, economics, law and medicine, each expounded in the form of question and answer. Literature: VD 16 F2581; Buisson p.297; Thorndike VI, 352; Ong 652.

Notes: Category: Literature, Manuscripts and History

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