16th-Century Erasmus Editions
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Paraphrasis oder Postilla Teütsch
A German-language translation of Erasmus' "Paraphrases in Novum Testamentum," printed in 1552 and now held by the Mennonite Historical Library.
Adagiorum chiliades quatuor. Ex quarta autoris recognitione.
A collection of sayings and proverbs, assembled and annotated by Erasmus of Rotterdam. This copy from 1520 is the second edition, containing 3443 proverbs. Published by J. Froben in Basel, Switzerland. Now held by Eastern Mennonite University.
Novum Testamentum omne
This 1522 edition of the New Testament in Greek and Latin, edited by Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) is the oldest item in the Mennonite Library and Archives at Bethel.
Possibly the oldest book in Bluffton's collections, this 1523 German edition of Erasmus's paraphrases is also was printed by Froschauer. It has been rebound at some point in its life; the spine is parchment or vellum, the boards are covered in marbled paper, and the end papers have been replaced. It doesn't look as old as it is, and it's otherwise in beautiful condition.