Basel: Valentin Curio, 1521. Quarto, 180 x 140 x 2 mm. A-B4,C6;  ff. Modern plain wrappers of thick 18th-century paper; some wear to extremities. Interior: Sound. Item #2598
Luther attacks the primacy of the Pope, being his refutation Prierias's 1519 "De juridica et irrefragabili veritate Romanae" that had been used in the trail against Luther. It is not without interest that Curio has employed a historiated woodcut initial ["P"] depicting a scene of two children inflicting WATERBOARDING torture on a baby strapped into a rocking cradle. ¶ Prierias's work is here published in its entirety by the Swiss supporter of the nascent Reformation, Valentin Curio. It is noteworthy that Curio adds Luther's own "Letter to the Reader," a remarkable argument against the claims that follow, namely that the Pope was the infallible judge of all controversies, the head of all that is spiritual and secular, the head of the Church, and ultimately of the whole universe. Not surprisingly, Luther rails against such "blasphemy." "Now he had to proclaim the state of emergency. In his response to Prierias, published in June, 1520 'for the information of all Christians,' he warned of the god-awful consequences that would arise from Rome's suppression of the Gospel. His every word vibrates with fear and trembling before this gaping threat of the final perversion of all order and virtue. No later Protestant will ever be able to imagine the full intensity of Luther's anguish: 'So farewell, ill-fated, doomed, blasphemous Rome; the wrath of God has come over you.'" (SOURCE: H.A. Oberman, Luther: Man Between God and the Devil. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1989, pp. 42-43). Prierias (1460-1523) was the first "attack dog" of the Papacy against Martin Luther, and was the first theologian to publish substantively and consistently against the great Reformer (they would engage in a long epistolary battle). ¶ VD16 M 1752 (assigning printer and date).