Epistolae selectiores [...] In usum scholarum in III. Libros digestae. Opera Simonis Verrepæi. Ad puerum Latinæ Linguæ Studiosum [...]
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Epistolae selectiores [...] In usum scholarum in III. Libros digestae. Opera Simonis Verrepæi. Ad puerum Latinæ Linguæ Studiosum [...]

Autore: VIVES, Juan Luis (1492-1540)

Dati tipografici: Köln Peter Horst, 1587

8vo. 31 pp. Aa-Bb8. 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-1861; G. Tournoy, De brieven van Juan Luis Vives iutgegeven door Simon Verepaeus, in: “E Codicibus Impressisque. Opstellen over het boek in de Lange Landen vor Elly Cockx-Indestege”, (Louvain, 2004), II, pp. 351-353.


THIS SELECTION of letters by the Spanish humanist was apparently first printed at Antwerp in 1571 (cf. M.A. Nauwelaerts, La correspondence de Simon Verepaeus, in: “Humanistica Lovaniensia”, 23, 1974, p. 283, no. 10). But this edition could be a ghost since no copy of it survived. The work was reprinted in the same town a year later by Anthonis Tielens with a short treatise on letter writing (Brevissima de Epistolis Latinè conscribendis Isagoge) by Verepaeus. Of this edition only one copy is recorded at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. The present edition is also very rare: in fact only two copies are recorded, one in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich and the other in the Studienbibliothek in Dillingen (cf. G. Tournoy, op. cit., pp. 354-359).

For his choice Verepaeus used Vives' Epistolarum farrago (Antwerp, Willem Simon, 1556) and selected exactly one half of the sixty letters of this edition. For pedagogical reasons he divided them into three books, changing also the original order. He started with very short and easy letters and gradually increased both length and degree of difficulty. As to the content, Verepaeus hardly changed anything in the vocabulary, morphology or syntax of the published letters. The most conspicuous intervention was the systematic elimination of the name “Erasmus” (substituted with ‘amico suo'), an intervention clearly designed not to jeopardize the sale of his book in the catholic schools in post-Tridentine times. The thirty letters contained in the present edition correspond to numbers 216, 213, 100, 167, 214, 212, 117, 208, 132, 98, 211, 141, 83, 184, 123, 179, 187, 182, 128, 177, 193, 173, 178, 175, 194, 215, 168, 210, 94, and 18 in Gilbert Tournoy's Pour une nouvelle édition de la correspondence de J.L. Vives (Kortrijk, 1992).


The present volume with selected letters by Vives was printed as an appendix to Verepaeus' Selectiores epistolae aliquot doctissimorum et eloquentissimorum Virorum, also printed by Horst in Cologne in 1587.


Juan Luis Vives, one of the greatest humanists of sixteenth century Europe, was born at Valencia. In 1509 he travelled to Paris, where he studied scholastic philosophy at the Colle?ge de Montaigu. In 1512 he left for Bru- ges, which became his permanent home and the center of his activities. Here he met Erasmus, who was impressed with the young humanist. Vives then taught for some years humanities at Louvain and he accepted an offer fromCardinal Thomas Wolsey to lecture in Greek at Oxford. In England he enjoyed the patronage of Henry VIII and cultivated friendships with Thomas More, John Fisher, and Thomas Linacre. He also versed as tutor to princess Mary. In 1528, however, he lost the favour of Henry VIII by siding with Catherine of Aragon in the matter of the divorce. In the last decade of his life, the most productive from the literary point of view, Vives lived mainly at Bruges, travelling on occasion to Louvain, Breda, Paris, and other centres at the invitation of friends. Although Vives did not place Erasmus in the shade, as the latter had predicted, he was the greatest Spanish humanist and educational theorist of the sixteenth century. His work was not limited to education but dealt with a wide range of subjects including also religion, philosophy, social reform, and international relations. Vives was also the author of one of the most successful treatises on letter writing De conscribendis epistolis (Antwerp, 1534) (cf. C. Noren?a, Juan Luis Vives, The Hague, 1970, passim).

Epistolae selectiores [...] In usum scholarum in III. Libros digestae. Opera Simonis Verrepæi. Ad puerum Latinæ Linguæ Studiosum [...]