Franckfurt: Johan-Gotfrid Schonwetter, 1642. 12mo. [ii], 706,  pp. (many mispaginations). Lovely engraved title. Stiff vellum over boards, overlapping fore-edges, obliterated label on spine with an unknown convent. Binder's waste from Desiderius Erasmus' Querela pacis, section 526. Text browned throughout, fore-edges of first leaves folded and tightly creased, leaf torn, slightly affecting text. Ex Haereditate Rosenmarckeriana and a Fr. Amulius 1839 with a calligraphic F.A. on title. Item #10347
The first edition of this collection of proverbs grew from 12,605 in 1630 to 22,922 in the present and last edition. Lehmann (1570-1638) studied law and spent the latter part of his life in western Germany. He was a schoolmaster in Speyer, but also worked in the archives of the city, thus acquiring a solid knowledge of legal affairs. He eventually entered the service of the Archbishop of Treves, but since he remained a Protestant, he had to resign. According to historians, his fame was due to the present book.