Title: L'éloge de la folie, traduit du latin d’Érasme par M. Gueudeville, 1752
Author: Desiderius Erasmus
Artist: Charles Eisen
A revised & corrected edition of Erasmus's popular text, In Praise of Folly, based on the text of the Basel edition, and decorated with new figures by Eisen.
First published in 1511, Folly was written by Erasmus as a satirical attack on the superstitious abuses of Catholic teachings and corrupted practices in the Church, as well as the praise of self-deception and madness.
This essay was published shortly after Erasmus' disappointing visit to Rome, and the character of Folly often takes on his critique.
There are 13 full page engravings with the additional portrait by famed engraver Charles Eisen, who is also popular for his illustration of The Devil of Pope-Fig Island
One volume in 12mo, 222 pages+table
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with the binding holding well, though there is some wear at the hinges and chipping from the top of the spine, with minor scuffs present. The pages are largely clean, with little to no foxing present.