First published in two books in 1549, and enlarged to three in 1552, Dedekind's elegiac poem concerns a certain St. Grobian, a personage first envisioned half a century before by Sebastian Brant as a the patron saint of coarse manners. In Dedekind's satiric masterpiece, St. Grobian teaches students how to avoid gluttony and drunkenness, paradoxically by engaging in those very pursuits. Likewise good St. Grobian counsels one to engage in excessive flatulence, urination, and vomiting lest one's health be compromised by abstinence. No image of Friedrich Dedekind was known until 2008, when a painting of him, dated 1589, was found in his personal bible, housed at the Leibniz Library.
Cologne: 1558.Octavo, 143 x 100 x 12 mm (binding), 140 x 97 x 9 mm (text block). Bound in tree-calf paper over thin boards, titled in manuscript on paper spine label: Dede | kindi | Grobia | nus. Interior: Title somewhat toned, otherwise good.
Provenance: From the collection of Albert A. Howard; his monogrammatic ex-libris to lower pastedown. Howard was rare books cataloguer at the University of Southern Maine. It is there that his eponymous Book History Collection resides.
VD16 D389; Milchsack, Grobianus, no. 15. Also see Simon, Bib. Bacch., p.59, and Bib. Gastr., p. 452.