London: J. Wilford, 1735.
Hardcover. Good. Fifth edition. 12mo, pp. [xx] (with some mis-numbering);184,  (index), with 45 of 48 plates (Erasmus and Thomas More portraits present, but lacking plates 4,9, and 40). Bound by Root & Son in three-quarter leather and marbled boards, with marbled endpapers, black and red spine labels. Late ownership signature in pen on first blank, slight rubbing to extremities, else about fine but for the missing plates. ESTC T140765. A classic work of Renaissance Humanism, In Praise of Folly is a witty and learned work of satire aimed primarily at theologians, clergy, and corrupt practices within the Roman Catholic Church, but also at European society and human foibles in general. A recent edition from Princeton University Press asserts that "No other book displays quite so completely the transition from the medieval to the modern world."