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Dall'Asta, Matthias (ed.)
Dörner, Gerald (coed.)
Band II, 1506-1513
Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt [Frommann-Holzboog] 2003
LXV, 727 p.
Series:Johannes Reuchlin: Briefwechsel (Herausgegeben von der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften in Zusammenarbeit mit der Stadt Pforzheim) ; 2
Price: € 128
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This title was reviewed by: Manuela Kahle of "Seminar für Geistesgeschichte und Philosophie der Renaissance (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Item arrived at GGREN on:2003-06-24
Review was finished on:2003-07-17
The volume is laid out as follows:
Johannes Reuchlin's Briefwechsel (correspondence) 1506-1513 is the second volume of the critical Reuchlin edition by the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften. In contrast to the first volume covering 38 years of Reuchlins life in 140 letters and documents (from his academic education to the 50th year of his life), the second volume presents both the "humanistic correspondence" from and to Reuchlin and the "official correspondence" during his judgeship for the Schwäbische Bund 1506-1513.
The first part of volume 2, entitled the "humanistic correspondence", contains Reuchlin as a scholar of Hebrew and as an advocate of the traditional Jewish texts, during the first phase of the Judenbücherstreit. It contains, referring to Matthias Dall'Asta and Gerald Dörners Vorwort (preface) (p. V), a critical edition of 95 letters, 5 published for the first time and 13 printed for the first time since the 16th century.
The "official correspondence" part of this volume covering Reuchlins correspondence as judge for the Schwäbischer Bund contains Regesten (abstracts but no full editions) of 144 letters ordered to the three legal proceedings (Federal Court processes) Dall'Asta and Dörner reconstruct in volume 2 (appendices 1 to 3):
The appendices contain related materials:
The editors' Einleitung (Introduction) (pp. XI-LVII) present both the subject matter and context of the letters, and provides information about their editorial history.
pp. LVII-LXV is a biographical table of Reuchlins life from 1506 to 1513.
pp. 1-5 list an addendum to volume 1 and the edited material from volume 2 in the following order: number of the letter, correspondent, place, date and the appendices 1 to 6 as follows: number of the appendices, title and years of the Federal Court process or title, place and date of the documents.
pp. 7-10 is the addendum to volume 1
pp. 13-467 is the edition of the 94 letters from and to Reuchlin with "humanistic content" (no letters from and to Reuchlin as judge). For each of these items are given:
pp. 471-624 contain the 3 appendices to the Federal Court processes which include a short introduction to each of them, 144 Regesten (abstracts) of the "official correspondence", from and to Reuchlin. For each of these items there are:
Further more there are information about the ancient Rechtstage (hearings of the disputing parts after their correspondence with the judiciary) with place, date, content and context of the Rechtstag.
pp. 625-639 contain the appendices 4 to 6. Each of the imperial authorizations respectively letters are critical edited like the letters of the "humanistic correspondence".
On pp. 640-652 is a chronological list of all letters in volume 2 in table form (correspondent, place, date, number of the letter)
The texts of the edition are in comparison with the critical edition of Ludwig Geiger (Geiger, Ludwig: Johann Reuchlins Briefwechsel, Gesammelt und Herausgegeben. Stuttgart 1875 [reprint:Hildeshein1962]) more carefully worked out with the use of new material and sources.
The commentaries are comprehensive and give information about the letters and the persons mentioned, as well as biographic informations. They indicate sources used by the editors as well as sources used by Reuchlin and his correspondents.
Furthermore the commentaries gives a useful survey of Reuchlin as a humanist and as a person of the public life.
Like the first volume this item is a very fine and useful book for any scholar dealing with the life and work of Johannes Reuchlin, German humanism, philology, Jewish life and 16th century history of law. Available at a high but fair price.
For everyone interested in the "official correspondence" of Reuchlin, this book is a helpful instrument. It gives a survey of the letters, their content and context.
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Author1: Reuchlin, Johannes Author2: Dall'Asta, Matthias (ed.) Author3: Dörner, Gerald (coed.) main Title: Briefwechsel subtitle: Band II, 1506-1513 series: Johannes Reuchlin: Briefwechsel (Herausgegeben von der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften in Zusammenarbeit mit der Stadt Pforzheim) ; 2 place of publ.: Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt publisher: Frommann-Holzboog year: 2003 no of pages etc.: LXV, 727 p. ISBN: 3-7728-1984-2 currency: € price: 128