Erasmus Alber - The Alcoran of the Cordeliers, 1578

Erasmus Alber (Bruchenbrücken , about 1500 - 1553, Mecklenburg)

The Alcoran of the Cordeliers [L' Alcoran des Cordeliers], 1578

Printed ink on paper, 13.7 x 3.4 cm (5 3/8 x 1 5/16 in.) binding


Object details

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  • Guillaume Laimarie (active Geneva, 1578 - 1598) - printer
  • Conrad Badius (active Paris and Geneva, 1542 - 1562) - translator
  • Antoine-Michel Padeloup (active Paris, 1712 - 1750, Paris) - binder
  • Erasmus Alber (Bruchenbrücken , about 1500 - 1553, Mecklenburg) - author
  • Martin Luther (Eisleben, 1483 - 1564, Eisleben) - author

Object Case

Horn Book Case


French and Latin

Publication Place


Binding Description

Citron morocco; on the sides, three fillets with a small rosette at the joint in the corners, the arms of Comte de Hoym in the center; the back is covered with a repetition of a scroll; narrow inside border; gilt edges


1 vol. ([8], 344, [1], 15-382, [2] p., 2 fold. leaves of plates) : paper ; ill. ; 14 cm. (8°)


Collection of Count Karl Heinrich von Hoym, diplomat and cabinet minister of the Electorate of Saxony (1694–1736).
Collection of Dr. David Hunt, Boston.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner at the Hunt sale from the auctioneers Charles F. Libbie & Co., Boston for $31 on 17 November 1891, lot 38.


Affixed: bookplate of Isabella Stewart Gardner
Marked (binding, sides): coat of arms of the Electorate of Saxony
Enclosed: typed bibliographic description
Enclosed: paper strip, inscribed in pencil: "1578"


Charles F. Libbie & Co. Catalogue of the Entire Private Library Belonging to a Well Known Boston Collector, Forming a Magnificent Collection of Rarities in All Departments of Literature (Boston, 1891), p. 4, lot 31.
Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Books from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1906), p. 2.
Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Manuscripts and Bookbindings from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1922), p. 85.

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