4to, pp. ; with woodcut architectural border to title, dated 1522; noticeable but not intrusive stain at gutter reaching up to the inner upper corner in the quire, light waterstaining to the outer margin, leaves inconspicuously reinforced at gutter, the extreme lower rule of the woodcut border just shaved; a good copy in modern quarter calf, marbled boards.
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Eyn Sendbriff … uber die frage. Ob auch yemandt, on glawben verstorben selig werden müge &c. An Er Hansen von rechenberg zur freystad &c.
First edition, rare, of a momentous letter on predestination addressed by Luther to his friend Hans von Rechenberg. Luther meditates on the subject of predestination and salvation by faith; while firm in his notion of faith as a necessary requisite for salvation, he outlines the possibility that the gift of faith and therefore salvation could be obtained after death.
Hans von Rechenberg (1480-1534), a crucial protagonist in the dissemination of the Reformation in Silesia.
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