FIRST EDITION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER'S MAUNDY THURSDAY SERMON BOUND TOGETHER WITH A RARE 1864 MANUSCRIPT CONTAINING A LITERAL TRANSLATION
Eyn Sermon Doctoris Martini Luther (Dr. Martin Luther’s Maundy Thursday Sermon).
Luther, Dr. Martin.$3,500.00
Item Number: 79343
Wittenberg: Jobst Gutknecht, 1523.
First edition of Dr. Martin Luther’s Maundy Thursday Sermon with explicit instruction on the correct preparation for receiving the holy sacraments. Quarto, 24 leaves of German text disbound from the original Gutknecht edition and tipped in to accompany a rare 16-page handwritten manuscript containing a literal translation in English from 1864. Bound in full brown morocco, elaborate tooling to the front and rear panels, tooling to the spine, yellow silk endpapers, gilt turn-ins, inner dentelles, all edges gilt.
Best known for initiating the Protestant Reformation in 16th century Europe, German theologist Dr. Martin Luther's writings represented one-fifth of all materials printed in Germany between 1500 and 1530. His translation of the Bible from Latin into German and use of Gutenberg's printing press had an enormous impact both the accessibility of the Biblical teachings and on the German language itself.