Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bebelius: Proverbia Germanica

Heinrich Bebel's Proverbia Germanica, ed. W.H.D. Suringar (1879)
Heinrich Bebel (1472-1518) was a German humanist, famous for collecting not only proverbs but also humorous stories and anecdotes (read more at Wikipedia). Bebel's Proverbia Germanica was published in 1508 and his humorous stories, Facetiae, in 1506. Suringar's edition of the proverbs is truly masterful. He provides notes and commentary, with numerous parallel proverbs, for each of Surginar's proverbs, drawing on many otherwise hard-to-find Renaissance proverb collections. The image below shows Bebelius's court of arms as poeta laureatus:


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