# 40104

LUTHER, Martin

Ein Brieff wider die Sabbather an einen guten Freund.

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Wittenberg : Nickel Schirlentz, 1538. First edition. Quarto (185 x 150 mm), disbound; original title-leaf with woodcut border by an artist of the School of Lucas Cranach the Elder, depicting Salome and the execution of John the Baptist in four scenes (detached, foxed, edges roughened, old tape mark at gutter-edge, early 20th-century owner’s name and address (Balfour, Kew, Melbourne) in pen to bottom margin; [32] unnumbered leaves (including title and last blank); edges stained red; Gothic blackletter type, with a woodcut initial; first two leaves of text separated and with light foxing and roughened fore-edges; third and last leaves with old tape marks at gutter-edge; contents otherwise clean; wide margins, with occasional annotations (presumably by Presbyterian minister Rev. Graham H. Balfour, Melbourne); a defective, though complete, example of this rare first edition.

Luther was prompted to write this anti-Judaist tract by the activities of the Moravian Sabbatarian Anabaptists. This group, founded around 1528 by Oswald Glait, had emerged from within the radical Reformation Baptist movement in Moravia. At the heart of their theology was the view that the Jewish Sabbath should replace Sunday as the Sabbath for Christians.

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