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Erasmus and His Books

Series: Erasmus Studies
Edited by: James K. McConica and j. Trapman
Translated by: J.C. Grayson

Erasmus and His Books, an essential reference for Erasmus scholars and bibliophiles around the world, details the formation, growth, scope, and disposal of Erasmus’ library, and includes a lengthy annotated catalogue of all items.

Author Information

McConicaJames K.:

James McConica is a Professor Emeritus at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto


J.C. Grayson lives in Liverpool. He has translated numerous scholarly books from various languages.


Henk Jan de Jonge, Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Christian Literature, Leiden University:

"Erasmus of Rotterdam lived a busy life amidst, with, and for books. References and allusions to ancient and recent authors, quotations from and reminiscences of older and newer literature occur on each page of his voluminous oeuvre. In order to understand and assess his writings correctly, the reader needs to know which books Erasmus owned, knew, and used. Often it is even necessary to know precisely which edition of a work he used. Van Gulik’s work, the outcome of decades of intensive and meticulous research, presents all the information attainable on the books Erasmus had at his disposal. In spite of the immense amounts of data contained in this volume, it is easily accessible. Due to careful editorial work, the massive information collected by van Gulik is presented here in a form both extremely reliable and utterly readable."

Jan Bloemendal, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands in the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science :

"Erasmus and His Books is an impressive in-depth study of Erasmus' Versandliste, but exceeding that by far. It shows how and when the humanist author compiled his library and what was its nature, and it reveals how and when he made use of it for his own books. It is a fascinating history of a library and an indispensable guide for anyone who studies Erasmus and his reading and writing culture as well as that of his fellow humanists. I read this book with great admiration: it not only offers a history of Erasmus' library but also a full description and evaluation of each of the 413 books that are mentioned in it."

Mark Vessey, Department of English, The University of British Columbia :

"A century on from P. S. Allen's edition of the correspondence, and with similar éclat, Van Gulik's work opens a new era in our critical and historical accounting for what Erasmus liked to called his lucubrationes, books produced in daily and nightly encounter with other books."

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;