Luther's sermon on angels, preached on the occasion of Michaelmas, 29 September 1530, was ostensibly about the Archangel Michael and the divine college of angels' reverence for God in Matthew 18.10, but the substance of the sermon was actually about fallen angels, in particular the Devil, who lies "closer than the shirt on our body." (WA, Schriften, xxx, 112-119.) Luther catalogues Satan's crimes—pestilence, famine, murder, war (Marshall, Peter and Walsham, Alexandra, Eds. Angels in the Early Modern World. Cambridge: CUP, 2006, pp. 72-74)—with far more verve and eloquence than he does the graces of the elevated angels, but he does remind his congregation that angels are ever present and ever protective. Luther gave the Michaelmas sermon in the city of Coburg, where at the time the Imperial Diet of Augsburg was in full force endeavoring, and failing, to find consonance between the Catholics and Protestants, exertions that inspired Luther to revile the Diet in his sermon. Ein Predigt von den Engeln appeared in five printings in German in Wittemberg and Nuremburg in 1531, then was reprinted once in 1535. A Latin edition appeared in 1544, and an English translation with commentary was published in London by Hugh Syngleton in 1548.
Wittenberg: Hans Lufft, 1531.Quarto, 153 x 104 x 6 mm (binding), 150 x 102 x 1 mm (text block). A4, B2, C4, 10 ff. Decorative woodcut border by, or influenced by, Georg Lemberger and the Cranach workshop. Bound in dun paper over thin boards. Interior: Leaves toned, title woodcut trimmed close at fore edge, scattered contemporary marginal notes, area of fore-margins of leaves somewhat softened and delicate from damp.
Title text conforms to Benzing 2954; colophon to 2955. VD16 L 5730.