Before i describe the physical aspects of the text: I would like to take a few lines to let you know what I see FROM this strange book.  . It is hard to find something commendatory about Plautus in recent English  criticism, I have found some 19th century comments yet they avoid t address  many of the obvious difficultise which a reader might gave to slide over to find a Joke, or cynicism, or sparkle of inspiration.  And still taught it was,  in this ‘school boy’ edition one of the early readers made very dense comments on selections of the Plays. In Amphiryto  a previous owner made extensice, translation clairifications From the Argumentam I  straight through to Scene II then makes notes on the 

518J  Titus Maccius Plautus

Continentur in hoc libello quattuor Plauti comoediae : Amphitryo, Aulularia, Duo Captivi, & Menech familiaribus annotationibus declaratae [opera Ioannis Grüninger …].

[Straßburg] : [Argentorati] : Opera Ioannis Grüninger Argentinem :1511.          price $2,300

Quarto 151

Aulu: Aulularia Plautina comediarum lepidissima / quae &si alias imcompleta a Codro Urceo tamen est perfecta …, Captivi met eigentitbl.: Comedia duorum captivorum, en paginatitel: Captivi duo./ Menaechmi met commentaar van

 Giovanni Battista Pio./

 Gegevens impressum ontleend aan colofon./ Colophon: Aulularia: Aululariae Plautinae finis: quem Anthonius Codrus homo facetissimus adjecit: atque exarata comoedia opera Joannis Grüninger Argentini. (Menaechmi: Explicit commentatio Jannis Baptistae Pii: Bononiensis in Maenechmos. In vigilia Bartholomei . Anno JHESU. Undecimo.)./ Illustrations: hoogdruk / letterpress)

VD16 P 3401


Grüninger’s 1511, edition of Plautus contains for plays, Amphtyro , Auluaria (the Pot of Gold), Duo Captivi,(two prisoners)  & Menech familiaribus (Plautus’s The Brothers Menaechmus, the inspiration for Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors; )

This edition is richly annotated up to leaf XXVI, with sparse annotations throughout the rest of the volume. There are three woodcuts present, and an 8-page index found after the rear blank.  151+(4) leaves.  The discovery of several texts of Plautus in the early fifteenth century prompted the publication of numerous editions of his plays over the course of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and editors, commentators, directors and actors edited and amended as they saw fit. Angeli made sympathetic edits to the text, adding several prologues and the beginning of the first act of the Bacchides using manuscripts that had not previously been consulted.this volume is in fair shape, with old staining to the vellum boards. The entire text block is cleanly detached, with staining and spots throughout. There is slight worming, though not obscuring the text. His comedies are the earliest Latin literary works to have survived in their entirety. He wrote Palliata comoedia, the genre devised by the innovator of Latin literature, Livius Andronicus. The word Plautine /ˈplɔːtaɪn/ refers to both Plautus’s own works and works similar to or influenced by his.


522J   Martin Luther 1483-1546.

            Drey Biechlin zü letst von dem Hochberümbtenn vnnd Ewangelischen Lerer Doctor Martin Luther aussgangenn. Nemlich von dem Deütschen Adel. der heiligē Mesz dem Babstumb zü Rom. 

 [Strasbourg] : [Matthias Schürer Erben], (1521-1522?).    Price $ 1900

Quarto  x  cm. A-B 4 C 8 D-E 4 F 8 G-H 4 I 8 K-L 4 M 8 N-O 4 P 8 Q-R 4 S 6./ T

Bound in modern 1/4 deer hide with some hair still on the leather, water stained throughout with paper damage in the lower margin, not affecting  the text.

contemporary marginal notes. capitals stroked in red.

VD 16 L 3763; Luther WA 6: 282 M (and 351 O, 400 P)

;Benzing (Luther) 12; Benzing (Schürer Erben [1961]) 5

A precursor to the Augsburg Confession in low German

519J  Caspar Huberinus. 1500-1553

Sibenzig schlusred odder pun cten von der Rech-ten hand Gottes vnd der gewalt Christi. 

Wittemberg.  [Colophon, A8r]: Gedrückt durch Ioseph Klugk: 1529                                                                                                                               Price $3750

Quarto: 15 x 10 cm. A8; 8 ff. Early 20th-century binding paper over boards. Some minor wear to extremities. Some marginal damp, leaves guarded and resewn.  Provenance: Sold at Kiefer 19 April, 2013; bookplate on the front pastedown: Ex libris Martin Schupp; manuscript number to head gutter corner of title: R.596 Certainly from a sammelband.

This small pamphlet is a lists of  70 brief expositions on Luther’s doctrine, “rechte Hand Gottes” (dextera Domini), What is in the hand of God is a very tidy and accessible summary of the core tenets of Luther’s stem of the Reformation as they existed in 1529, a year before the Augsburg Confession. And Luther’s Large Catechism.  

VD16 H5418; Bertheau, Carl. “Huberinus, Caspar,” in Algemeine Deutsche Biographie, Vol. 13. (1881) pp 258– 259.  : Gunther Franz, Huberinus-Rhegius-Holbein. Neiuwkoop: B. De Graaf, 1973.   Gatch, M. Library of Leander van Ess, D2010:  see also Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge& Biographisch-Bibliographische Kirchenlexikon ( BBKL )

Fairly rare in American institutions:  I’ve found five copies. Columbia, Princeton, U of Mn Wilson Library (016.242 F857), Concorida Seminary MO.