From the Saunderson Rare Books Room: Martin Luther Treatises

To mark the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, we have chosen to highlight two items from our Upjohn-Waldie collection written by Martin Luther himself.

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The first treatise, Von der Freiheit eines Christenmenschen, or On the Freedom of a Christian, was printed in Wittenberg in 1520, being one of his earliest reforming works. The title page is decorated with a beautiful woodcut border, and our copy has been rebound in white pigskin with gilded lettering.

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Our second volume, Auff das vermeint Keiserlich Edict, or Gloss on the Alleged Imperial Edict, printed in 1531, was a public letter which sought to dissociate the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, from his criticisms of the Catholic Church. The title page of this work also has a woodcut border, and is bound in quarter vellum with printed boards.

These first-edition printings are available for consultation any time in the John W. Graham Library. For further information, please inquire at the circulation desk or contact us at ask.grahamlibrary@utoronto.ca.

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