Erasme / Philippe Reder - Eloge de la Folie. traduction française de Emmanuel des Essarts - 1987
A luxurious art edition of Erasmus' masterpiece, the text being illuminated with a polychrome frieze, and embellished with 17 illustrations by the miniaturist Philippe Reder, including the title page of the volume, the double-page triptych, the title page, 10 out of text images, 4 full-page images and chapter headers.
Print run of 1990 numbered copies on "Arches-Sefer" watermarked vellum paper, this copy bears N 1295, complete with certificate of authenticity.
Deluxe art binding by Sefer, full aubergine leather, mauve moiré silk endpapers, gilded dentelle on the inside covers, covers lavishly embellished with a large gilded and blind stamped fanfare motif, spine with 5 raised bands adorned with gilded friezes, compartments adorned with blind and gilded embossing and title, gilded top edge. Lined slipcase. Lightly insolated spine, the slipcase is lightly rubbed, this copy is otherwise in excellent condition.
The "Arts et Couleurs" publishing house in Monaco, created in 1949 by Joseph Pardo, is a company whose speciality is the production of books in the old style with miniatures and illuminations by contemporary miniaturists, who draw their inspiration from the great classical traditions and medieval or oriental illuminations. Philippe Reder, trained from an early age by the famous miniaturist and illuminator Mohamed Racim, then received training at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts. He began collaborating with the publisher Joseph Pardo in 1979. With this book, he shows us the extent of his talent as a miniaturist in the service of one of the greatest texts in literature.
Author: [Philippe Reder. ] - Erasmus (1469-1536)
Title: Eloge de la Folie traduction française de Emmanuel des Essarts
Edition: Editions Arts et Couleurs à Monte Carlo, sous la direction de Joseph Pardo, 1987, quarto (26 x 21 cm), 161 pages + 3 ff.
"The Praise of Folly is an essay written in 1509 by Erasmus of Rotterdam and first printed in 1511. Erasmus revised and developed his work, originally written in a week while staying with Thomas More (the author of Utopia) at his property in Bucklersbury.
It is considered to be one of the most influential works in the literature of the Western world and a catalyst for the Reformation. A text full of classical allusions arranged in the typical manner of the learned humanists of the Renaissance. Folly is presented as one of the goddesses, daughter of Inebriation and Ignorance; among her faithful companions are Philautia (narcissism), Kolakia
(flattery), Lethe (forgetfulness), Misoponia (laziness), Hedone (pleasure), Anoia (dementia), Tryphe (wantonness), Komos (intemperance) and Eegretos Hypnos (deep sleep).