Item #11659 Das tauff buchlin verdeutscht. Martin Luther.
Das tauff buchlin verdeutscht.

Das tauff buchlin verdeutscht.

Wittenberg, [Nickel Schirlentz] 1523.

4to (183 x 133 mm.). [i], [20]p. Large Gothic type (173, 19 lines per full page), the pastoral rubrics and closing essay in a much smaller Schwabacher, white-line woodcut initial, title in a white-line architectural frame with Adam, Eve and Cain and Abel as toddlers, along with foliage, dolphins, etc. (Luther, Titeleinfassungen 14a; Dommer 83A).

Recent blind-diapered calf, panels with small gilt blooms in the corners and in the center.

First Edition of Luther’s German translation of the Roman Catholic baptismal rite. Notably different from modern practice, this service stressed satanic possession: “The priest began by blowing three times under the child’s eyes (an act called the ‘exsufflation’) and saying, ‘Depart thou unclean spirit and give room to the Holy Spirit’” (Birkholz). This booklet appeared at least fifteen times to 1526, when Luther shortened it, removing some exorcistic rituals. This edition closes with his expository essay on the sacrament.
            The exceptionally large type allowed the officiant to rest the book a safe distance from the baptismal font and still easily recite the liturgy. In good condition.
¶Birkholz, “Luther’s Baptismal Rites” (; Benzing & Claus, Lutherberbibliographie 1626; Dommer, Lutherdrucke auf der Hamburger Stadtbibliothek, 1516-1523 391A; VD 16 A 785.

Item #11659

Price: $3,500.00

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