Title page of Farrago nova epistolarum Des. Erasmi Roterodami
It would not be until 1515 that Erasmus’ correspondence finally found its way into print. Published letters initially appeared via two small volumes with a first major collection published in 1518.
Containing more than 330 letters, Farrago is the first folio edition of Erasmus’ correspondence. Published in 1519 by Erasmus’ friend Froben, the selection was edited by another of his friends, the German humanist Beatus Rhenanus, with engravings by the Swiss artist Urs Graf.
With his unedited indiscretions, caustic remarks, and trivial details of everyday life, Erasmus’ Farrago casts a revealing light on his personality and character. It also constitutes one of the most informal collections of letters to have been published since those of Cicero in the first century BC, and provides significant insights into the Renaissance republic of letters.
Queens' copy features 17th century inscriptions on title page: 'Caes: Walpole' and 'Thomas Hancourte Coll. Eman. [i.e. Emmanuel College] 1627'.
Author: Desiderius Erasmus
Title: Farrago nova epistolarum Des. Erasmi Roterdami ad alios, & aliorum ad hunc [Miscellaneous letters] (Basel: Johann Froben, 1519)