Cranmer, Thomas (1489-1556) Catechismus, That is to Say, a Shorte Instruction into Christian Religion for the Synguler Commoditie and P
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Cranmer, Thomas (1489-1556) Catechismus, That is to Say, a Shorte Instruction into Christian Religion for the Synguler Commoditie and Profyte of Childre[n] and Yong People. London: Gualterus Lynne excudebat, 1548. First edition, octavo, title printed within woodcut compartment, full-page woodcut on verso of title; twenty-six text woodcuts, one signed Hans Holbein; large woodcut on colophon; rare at auction, the last complete copy (lacking no printed leaves) was offered for sale in 1937; the four copies listed in auction sales between 1953 and 2010 have all lacked either title, colophon, or text leaves; two variants listed in ESTC, neither of which description corresponds directly to the details of this copy, colophon in this copy reads, "Imprynted at London for Gwalter Lynne, dwellyng on Somers kaye by Byllynges gate," with no mention of Nicholas Hill; D1r line 1 begins: "ymage"; L1r, line 5 ends: "of"; both variants in ESTC are rare, with each showing two U.S. copies only; bound in full blue morocco tooled in gilt, a.e.g. (becoming decased); ex libris William Van Mildert, with his bookplate, 5 1/4 x 3 1/3 in.
This Catechism, explicitly created for the instruction of children and young people, was a translation prepared by Cranmer of the text by German Lutheran theologian and reformer Justus Jonas (1493-1555).
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