Vallae, Laurentii . Lorenzo Valle (1405-1457)
Title De Linguae Latinae Elegantiae libri sex, iam nouissome de integro bona fide emaculati. (On the Eloquence of the Latin Language)
Binding Full stamped original vellum. Ornate blindstamping
Book Condition Good, original vellum has some darkening and discoloration over the years.
Publisher Martin Gymnicus: Cologne 1543.
Seller ID 1490
Blindstamp design consists of a series of urns and couples. Text in Latin . 736 pp. Vallae seemed to have a habit of getting into scrapes. After riduculing the law in Pavia, he fled to Naples where he became the Secretary to Alfonso of Aragon. In 1444, he questioned the composition of the Apostles Creed, tried for heresy but luckily his patron King Alfonso had the trial discontinued. "De Lingua Latine" was first published in 1444 and placed the study of Latin in a more scientific basis. Poggio Brecciolini critiqued this book but could not contain himself to the errors but also commented upon Vallae's personal life whereupon Vallae reciprocated in kind with his "Invectorum Libri Sex"". Vallae delighted in controversy, at one point urging the Romans to deprive the pope of the papacy. He also denied that the religious state was the perfect state and that the monks were guilty of arrogance in that regard. Vallae also contended that we are unable to understand the concept of free will and the truth of it. The publisher Martin Gymnicus (1516-1544) was of the noted Gymnicus publishing house started by his father Johann and continued by he and his brother.
linguae latinae elegantiae