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KNIGHT, Samuel.

The Life of Erasmus.

More particularly that part of it, which he spent in England; wherein an account is given of his learned friends, and the state of religion and learning at that time in both our universities. With an appendix containing several original papers.

Cambridge: Printed by Corn. Crownfield, and sold at London by J. Wyat, T. Edlin, and T. Cox, 1726 Stock Code: 131300
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First edition of Knight's biography of the Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus, who first visited England in 1498, later spending a number of years Cambridge. Samuel Knight was an English clergyman and antiquary, who served as chaplain to King George II from 1730 to 1746 and as Archdeacon of Berkshire from 1735 to 1746. John Jortin, a subsequent biographer of Erasmus, commented "Dr Knight's work is indeed confused and not over elegant, but it contains many good materials" (Jortin, 617). With the stamp of Ashley Combe House, the summer retreat of Ada Lovelace and her husband the 1st Earl of Lovelace, to the front pastedown, as well as the stamp of the Earl's sporting lodge in Scotland, Ben Damph Forrest, which he built several decades after Ada's premature death in 1852.

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Octavo (222 x 138 mm). Contemporary panelled calf, orange morocco label, spine gilt to compartments, panels tooled in blind, red speckled edges.


Frontispiece and 19 plates, 3 of which are folding.


Light insect damage to calf, front joint with slight split at head, front pastedown lifting slightly, contents clean and bright. An excellent copy.


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