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Encomium moriae [FACSIMILE]

Morias enkomion.i.Stulticiae laus [FACSIMILE]
Praise of Folly

Illustrated by Hans Holbein, the Younger (German, 1497 or 1498–1543), Illustrated by Ambrosius Holbein (German, 1494?–about 1520), Author Desiderius Erasmus (Netherlandish (worked in England and Switzerland), died in 1536), Printer Johann Froben (Swiss, died in 1527)

Place of Publication: Basel, Switzerland


Overall: 24.2 x 17.2 x 3.1 cm (9 1/2 x 6 3/4 x 1 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with numerous photolithographed illustrations after original drawings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Basel: Henning Oppermann, 1931) Octavo; 2 vols. (1) 85 leaves, (2) 52 leaves; brown paper boards, dark brown paper box.

Facsimile reproduction of copy of 1515 Froben edition of Erasmus’s “Praise of Folly” with marginal drawings by Hans Holbein the Younger, Ambrosius Holbein, and perhaps two other unknown artists. The second volume is an historical introduction by Heinrich Alfred Schmid.

Basel: Henning Oppermann, 1931


Acquired November 12, 1931, by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936; his name appears as original subscriber in vol. 2, p. VII), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

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Bequest of William A. Sargent