In Praise of Folly

Desiderius Erasmus
Illustrated by Matthew Richardson
Introduced by Eamon Duffy
Edited by A. H. T. Levi
Translated by Betty Radice

Erasmus’ biting and brilliant 16th-century satire is ingeniously reimagined with illustrations by award-winning artist Matthew Richardson.

The greatest of humanist scholars, Desiderius Erasmus was one of the men who ushered in the Renaissance. The leading intellectual of his era, today his most popular work is In Praise of Folly, a satire that even at its most biting is animated by a warm and lively wit. To accompany this new edition, we have commissioned an introduction from Eamon Duffy, whose Saints and Sinners was recently published by Folio. Erasmus’ playful prose is presented in Betty Radice’s fresh, lively translation, with notes from the scholar A. H. T. Levi. Witty and surreal interpretations of Hans Holbein’s original woodcuts from the award-winning artist Matthew Richardson make a delightful illustrative accompaniment.

In Praise of Folly is both the most notorious and in some ways the most characteristic work of the greatest European intellectual of the sixteenth century’ 
  1. Eamon Duffy

Bound in printed paper

Set in Aldus with Blackmoor display

200 pages

Frontispiece and 8 colour illustrations

9˝ × 5¾˝

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