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Luther, Martin.  De abroganda missa privata Martini Lvtheri sententia. [colophon: Wittenberg: , Ianvario 1522]. 4to (20.7 cm; 8.125"). [44] ff.

First edition of Luther's influential treatise rejecting the Roman Mass, papacy, and celibacy within the priesthood written in the Fall of 1521 for the Augustinian friars of Wittenberg and dedicated to them, which treatise inspired the community to stop conducting private masses. Anna Linton points out another major tenet of the work: "[Luther] denounced contact between the living and the dead . . . . thereby removing any justification for prayers to the saints or intecessory prayers for the dead. . . . [Further,] the sacrament of Extreme Unction was declared invalid" (p. 18).
        The title is printed within a woodcut architectural border attributed to Renaissance painter, printer, and friend of Luther Lucas Cranach (Kat. Cranach, 216); the text also contains four => seven-line woodcut initials (one repeated).
        Provenance: Ownership and deaccession rubber-stamps for the Georg-August University in Göttingen on bottom margin of first leaf of text; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Benzing 997; VD16 L 3619. See also, Linton, Poetry and Parental Bereavement in Early Modern Lutheran Germany, Oxford & NY: Oxford University Press, 2008. 18th-century half calf and brown speckled paper, spine ruled in gilt with black leather gilt-lettered label, all edges speckled red; rubbed with some loss of leather/paper, rebacked with new endpapers, evidence of a removed bookplate on front pastedown. Title-page with a few small stains and "5" in old ink to lower margin; stamps as above. Very light waterstaining across inner corners, crossing one-third of text in top portions and not reaching it at bottom; light age-toning generally, three leaves with underlined passages of text, and offsetting from a different title-page ("6"'s?) to final blank. => A good++ copy of this important Lutheran tract.  (37750)   Please RESHELVE This.

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