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De miseriis et fragilitate humanae vitae libellus, 1566
(411 words)

Record ID

cp012354

Voet reference number

624

Museum Plantin-Moretus

c:lvd:3199241

Author

Melchior BARLAEUS (VAN BAERLE)

Title page transcription

DE MISERIIS ‖ ET FRAGILITATE ‖ HVMANAE VITAE ‖ LIBELLVS, ‖ AVCTORE MELCHIORE ‖ BARLÆO ANTVERPIANO. ‖ ⊕ 17 ‖ ANTVERPIÆ, ‖ Ex officina Christophori Plantini. ‖ M.D.LXVI. ‖ CVM PRIVILEGIO.

Collation

8⁰ [124]: A-D⁸; pages 1-63, [64]

Fingerprint

Number of sheets

Pages

[1]: Title
[2]: Quotation from Iob, cap. 14
3-8: Clarissimis…coss. totiq. senatui reip. Antverpianae Melchior Barlaeus (Padua, 31 March 1565; italic type)
9-10: Two poems by Casp. Barlaeus (italic type)
11-58: Text (parts and marginals in italic type)
58: Errata
59-63: Elegia Melchioris Barlaei ad Casparum Barlaeum fratrem suum germanum, de rerum humanarum vicissitudine…(Padua, 30 October; italic type)
[64]: Blank

Edition information

Copies

Museum Plantin-Moretus
- O.B. 2.16

Bibliographical references

Reulens-de Backer, page 59 (1566, no. 21)

Online bibliographical references

Note 1

Moralizing treatise on the miseries and fragility of human life (pages 11-58), preceded by two short poems by Caspar Barlaeus, brother of Melchior, on the same subject (Hominis afflicti querimonia: page 9; Eiusdem hominis afflicti consolatio ex Cicerone: page 10), and followed by a longer poem by Melchior, dedicated to Caspar, bearing on the same topic (pages 59-63). From the dates given in the foreword and the poem to Caspar it is clear that Melchior Barlaeus wrote his text in 1565 in Padua, probably when studying at the university in that Italian city.

Note 2

The work quoted by Valerius Andreas and Foppens as '[Melchioris Barlaei] Orationem de vitae humanae felicitate: cum adjuncto carmine de rerum humanarum vicissitudine, ad Gasparem fratrem. Idem [Antverpiae], typis Plantin. 1566, 8⁰' may be identified with this edition.

Note 3

The cost-accounting note in Arch. 4, folio 92, gives following details about 'De miseriis humanae vitae Barlaei': the wages for composing and printing the sheets A-D are noted on 9 and 17 March [1566] and amount to 4 florins Carolus guilders 16 stuivers Only 150 copies were printed on 'papier de Lyon fin bon'; 25 'mains' were used, costing 2 florins Carolus guilders 15 stuivers The overall costs were consequently 7 florins Carolus guilders 11 stuivers Other details are not given, but it is very likely that the edition was commissioned and paid by the author.

Note 4

Listed in M 296, folio 4v (De miseriis humanae vitae Melchioris Barlei, 8⁰, [15]66, 8⁰, f[euilles] 4, [price:] stuivers 1), and M 164, folio 8v.

Further reading

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“De miseriis et fragilitate humanae vitae libellus, 1566”, in: The Plantin Press Online. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004525863-cp012354>
First published online: 2024



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