‘Drink from this fountain’ Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples, inspired humanist and dedicated editor.
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- Category: Hermes series
- Author: Theodor Harmsen
- Year: 2004
- Price: € 8,50 incl. VAT 6%
- Language: English
- Location: Amsterdam
- Bound: Paperback, 26 x 19,5 cm., 64 pp., illus.
About this Book: Catalogue of an exhibition on the life and work of Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples (ca. 1460-1536), humanist, educational reformer and editor of philosophical and biblical works.
Jacques Lefèvre was born in Picardy in France and only left his native country to undertake three journeys to Italy, and another one to flee from the pressure of the Theological Faculty of Paris, which saw in him an advocate of the Lutheran ‘heresy’ in France. In Italy he met Marsilio Ficino and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, and returned to France filled with the spirit of the Italian Renaissance. He edited works by Aristotle, Hermes Trismegistus, the learned Cardinal Nicolaus Cusa and the Neoplatonist Dionysius, whom he persisted in regarding as the Athenian convert of Paul, against the scholarly consensus of his day.
Lefèvre is a French exponent of the Italian Renaissance, but he was also touched by the impetus of the Reformation: in 1523 he brought out a French translation of the New Testament, followed in 1530 by the complete La Saincte Bible en Francoys, printed in Antwerp, a haven for heterodox opinion at the time. The year before, in 1529, Erasmus had defended his colleague Lefèvre and other reform-minded humanists in a letter to King François I, under whose patronage Lefèvre’s French-language Bible was to be printed.
The illustrated catalogue, which features fifty printed editions and manuscripts from the BPH collection, presents all aspects of the fascinating career of the French humanist Jacques Lefèvre, who was lauded by one of his students in elegant Renaissance fashion as ‘the incomparable scholar, and inexhaustible source of all disciplines’. Renaissance, humanism and Reformation: Drink from this fountain offers the reader an absorbing view of a turbulent era by means of beautifully printed incunables and post-incunables and medieval manuscripts, illustrating the life and times of one of France’s greatest humanists.
Looking back – looking forward: Joost R. Ritman
‘Lapsus Hermetis’: Esther Oosterwijk-Ritman
Introduction: Frans A. Janssen
I. Faber Stapulensis
II. The Italian Renaissance
III. Patristics, Christian Theology and the Bible
IV. German Mysticism and Devotio Moderna
V. Hermetica inParis; Kabbalah in Basel