Erasmus of Rotterdam: With a Selection from the Letters of Erasmus

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
I. PORTRAIT OF ERASMUS . By Quentin Metsys. 1517. Rome, Galleria Corsini. Facing p.14

One half of a diptych, the pendant being a portrait of Erasmus's friend, Pierre Gilles ( Petrus Aegidius), town clerk of Antwerp. The diptych was sent to Sir Thomas More in London; the portrait of Gilles is now in the collection of the Earl of Radnor at Longford Castle.

II. VIEW OF ROTTERDAM at the beginning of the sixteenth century. Contemporary engraving, hand-coloured Facing p.15
III. PORTRAIT BUST OF JOHN COLET , Dean of St. Paul's ( 1467-1519). By Pietro Torrigiano. St. Paul's School, Hammersmith, London. Facing p.30

John Colet, a close friend of Erasmus (see pp. 30-1), founded St. Paul's School. The artist, a Florentine sculptor, was active in London for many years and is best known for his effigies on some of the royal tombs in Westminster Abbey. The attribution of this bust is due to F. Grossmann ( Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, xiii, July 1950), who identified it as a cast from Torrigiano's original bust on Colet's tomb (destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666) and also pointed out that Holbein's drawing of Colet in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (No. 12199) was made from the lost monument after Colet's death.

IV. PORTRAIT OF SIR THOMAS MORE ( 1477-1535). Dated 1527. By Hans Holbein. New York, Frick Collection. Facing p.31

See also Holbein's drawing of Thomas More with his family, Pl. XXIX.

V. Pen and ink sketches by Erasmus . 1514. Basle, University Library (MS A. ix. 56). Facing p.46

These doodles of grotesque heads and other scribbles are found in Erasmus's manuscript copy of the Scholia to the Letters of St. Jerome, preserved in the Library of Basle University and published by Emil Major ( Handzeichnungen des Erasmus von Rotterdam, Basle, 1933). Erasmus worked on this manuscript shortly after his arrival in Basle in August 1514. His edition of the Letters of Jerome was published by Froben in 1516 (see p. 90).

VI. A Manuscript Page of Erasmus . Basle, University Library. Facing p.47 See note on Pl. v.
VII. Title-page of the Adagia , printed by Aldus Manutius in 1508. Facing p.62

The printing of this edition was supervised by Erasmus during his visit to Venice (see pp. 64-5). On this title-page is the emblem of the Aldine Press, which is found again on the reverse of Aldus's portrait medal (Pl. IX).

VIII. VIEW OF VENICE , 1493. Woodcut. After p. 62 From Schedel Weltchronik, Nuremberg, 1493.

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