Selectiores epistolae aliquot doctissimorum et eloquentissimorum Virorum. In usum scholarum in III. Libros digestae [...] His accessit Brevißima de epistolis Latinè conscribendis Isagoge [...]
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Selectiores epistolae aliquot doctissimorum et eloquentissimorum Virorum. In usum scholarum in III. Libros digestae [...] His accessit Brevißima de epistolis Latinè conscribendis Isagoge [...]

Autore: VEREPAEUS, Simon (1522-1598)

Dati tipografici: Köln Peter Horst, 1587


8vo. (8), 3-142, (4) pp. A-I8, K4. With the printer's device on the title-page. Bound in 19th century wrappers. Entry of ownership on the inner front wrapper: “Leonardo Trissino 1820. Dono di Francesco Testa” and on the title-page: “(Fi)lippi Paruta”, probably the historian, archaeologist, lawyer, and poet from Palermo (1552-1629).

VD 16, V-620; M.A. Nauwelaerts, Bijdrage tot de bibliographie van Simon Verepaeus, in: “De Gulden Passer”, 25, 1947, p. 88, XVI/3.

 

THIRD EDITION. Although the Dillingen edition is dated 1573, verisimilarly the Antwerp edition of 1574 is the first, not only because the dedication letter is dated April 1, 1574, but also because the work is dedicated to the sons of the printer Jean Bellère. This is corroborated by a passage in a letter by Verepaeus to Johann von Reidt (January 25, 1574) (cf. G. Tournoy, La correspondance de Simon Verepaeus, in: “Humanistica Lovaniensia”, 23, 1974, p. 293). After the present edition, the work was reprinted at Konstanz in 1588.

Verepaeus selection of model letters was expressly compiled for school use and is divided into three books. The work contains only letters by four of the most exemplary sixteenth century masters of Latin letter writing: Pietro Bembo, Jacopo Sadoleto, Christoph de Longueil, and Paolo Manuzio.

“Dans la dédicace de ses Selectiores epistolae à François Jean, Lucas, Gaspard, qui deviendra libraire à Douai, Melchior et Balthazar Bellère, fils du libraire anversois, dont la formation lui avait été confiée, Simon Vereept dit la même nécessité de l'acquisition de l'érudition par les lettres de Cicéron et des cicéroniens modernes Bembo, Sadolet et Longueil en l'espèce” (C. Magnien, Conclusion, in: “L'épistolaire au XVIe siècle”, Paris, 2001, p. 241).

At the end of the volume (pp. 118-142) is printed Verepaeus' Brevissima de Epistolis Latine conscribendis Isagoge (1572). This is an abridgement of the first book of Verepaeus' De epistolis latine conscribendis libri IIII, first issued at Antwerp by Tilenius & Verwithagen in 1571. The Isagoge was first printed as an appendix to Verepaeus' Epistolae aliquot selectiores Ioan. Lodovici Vivis (Antwerp, Tilenius, 1572), with a dedication to Jan Typoets. The dedicatory letter to Jan Loeff (Loëvius) in this edition is dated Antwerp, March 15, 1574, and was printed for the first time in Selectiores epistolae clarorum virorum (Antwerp, Bellère, 1574). The tract is written in form of a catechism and his main chapters are Quid est epistola?, De salutatione, De valedictione, De superscriptione, with numerous examples for each of it.

 

Simon Verepaeus, the great Belgian pedagogue, was born at Dommelen near Valkenswaard in Brabant. He made his first studies at Bois-le-Duc and then matriculated in the University of Louvain and obtained a degree in 1545. He became a teacher, first at the school of the chapter of Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens, then rector of the sisters of Mont Tabor at Malines and head of the Latin school of the chapter of Saint-Jean at Bois-le-Duc. Verepaeus wrote several treatises on Latin grammar, and some pedagogical and devotional works (cf. M.A. Nauwelaerts, Simon Verepaeus (1522-1598) paedagoog der contra-reformatie, Tilburg, 1950, passim).

 

At the end is also bound as an appendix with separate title-page and new signatures: Epistolae selectiores Ioannis Ludivici Vivis Valentini. In usum scholarum in III. Libros digestae... Ad puerum Latinæ Linguæ Studiosum, also printed by Horst in Cologne in 1587.


Selectiores epistolae aliquot doctissimorum et eloquentissimorum Virorum. In usum scholarum in III. Libros digestae [...] His accessit Brevißima de epistolis Latinè conscribendis Isagoge [...]